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Bishop of London will address bereavement in national Church of England online service

by Cara Bentley

This Sunday the Bishop of London will speak about the Christian hope in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Rt Revd Sarah Mullally will lead the Church of England's online weekly service on All Saints' Day, marking the start of the season of remembrance.

The service, featuring hymns from the choir of St Paul's Cathedral in London, will be broadcast on the Church of England's Facebook page and YouTube channel at 9am on Sunday.

Bishop Sarah will speak of the Christian message of hope, saying that God is with us in our pain and fear and that his love for us can never be destroyed.

"We gather at a time of great uncertainty and challenge as the people of our world struggle to overcome a devastating pandemic that has cut short earthly lives, destroyed livelihoods, and separated us from the people and activities we enjoy. But we are not without hope," she will say.

"Through word, prayer, song and symbol, we are reminded that God's love for us can never be destroyed. God is with us in our pain and fear and will lead us to a yet more glorious day."

The service will have prayers by the Dean of St Paul's, Very Revd Dr David Ison, giving thanks for the lives of those who have died and praying for all those who mourn their passing. He will also pray for all people caring for the sick and people in leadership at local and national level, as well as those who advise them.

Revd Canon Mia Hilborn will be doing the sermon, as the chaplain at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and for the London Fire Brigade. 

Viewers of the service will be invited to remember those who have died and at the end of the service will be invited to light an online candle in memory of a loved one who has died.

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