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Words of Comfort and Hope

Within her opening address, Rev. Mary Bailey explained that the hymns and readings for this service were all chosen by Lynne herself...


Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father!
There is no shadow of turning with thee;
Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not;
As thou hast been thou for ever wilt be:

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand has provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love:

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-l960)

Lesson, read by Mary Bailey

Hebrews 11: 1 - 19

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.



Prayer and The Lord's Prayer



O happy day! that fixed my choice
On Thee, my Saviour and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.

O happy day! O happy day!
When Jesus washed my sins away;
He taught me how to watch and pray,
And live rejoicing ev'ry day;
O happy day! O happy day!
When Jesus wash'd my sins away.

Tis done, the great transaction's done!
I am my Lord's and He is mine!
He drew me, and I followed on,
Charmed to confess the voice divine.

Now rest, my long divided heart,
Fixed on this blissful centre, rest;
Nor ever from thy Lord depart,
With Him of ev'ry good possessed.

High heav'n, that heard the solemn vow,
That vow renewed shall daily hear;
Till in life's latest hour I bow,
And bless in death a bond so dear.

Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)

Lessons, read by Alan Cutting

Genesis 19: 15 - 28

15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my LORD:
19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither,(is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.
22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:
28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

Matthew 5: 13 - 14

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.


And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour's blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

'Tis mystery all: the Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the first-born seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds enquire no more.

He left His Father's throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam's helpless race.
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For, O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned Spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light,
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

No condemnation now I dread,
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Charles Wesley (1707-88)

Address: TearFund - Jan Osborne

Jan told how she had met Lynne and then worked with her selling TearCraft and, more importantly, telling people about the work of TearCraft and TearFund in proclaiming the Gospel and helping to meet the physical needs of those in poorer areas of the world.


Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come.
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise,
Than when we've first begun.

John Newton (1725-1807)

Address: Scouting in Sussex and Russia - Bryan Moody

(This appreciation of Lynne's work in Scouting was printed in the 14th Brighton Scout Group Annual Report. It contains much of the address delivered by Bryan)

For the past three years we have observed with admiration the courage and determination that Lynne has shown during her fight against cancer. Her connection with the 14th Brighton started when her children joined the Group. She was a supportive parent, serving on our Executive Committee and when Julie Yates, our Beaver Scout Leader, left to start her family, Lynne volunteered to fill the post. As a trained teacher she was welcomed with open arms, she was full of ideas and five generations of Beavers (aged 6-8) all benefited from her enthusiasm and efficient leading of the Colony. Even when she was receiving treatment for her illness, she attended the Cub Pack meetings. She was also an active supporter of Beaver Scouting in the Brighton area and will be sorely missed by her fellow leaders. Her children, Gareth, Stuart and Rowena were all encouraged by Lynne in their Scouting lives, they gained from a wide range experiences: playing in the National Scout and Guide Orchestra, sailing, jamborees and international expeditions in addition to the normal weekly meetings and camps. It would be wonderful if all other parents gave her level of support.

Lynne had a fascination with all things Russian and when plans were made for East Sussex Scout Leaders to visit Yaroslavl, north of Moscow, to run a training course to help in the re-starting of scouting in Russia, Lynne was among the first to volunteer to accompany me on what was a thought provoking and humbling experience. Returning to Brighton she had private Russian lessons and attended local Russian classes and re-visited Russia on a number of occasions, attending scout meetings, Christian camps and also working with schools on their English programmes. In the past three years, after her illness had been diagnosed, she has visited Russia alone, which is a challenging undertaking even when you are fully fit; her courage and dedication are an example to us all. She will be greatly missed by the Russia Network team here in the UK and also by her friends in Russia, all of whom benefited from her skills and enthusiasm.

Her friends throughout East Sussex and Russian Scouting give their grateful thanks for Lynne's contributions and thank her family for sharing her with us.


Father, I adore You,
Lay my life before You,
How I love You.

Jesus, I adore You,
Lay my life before You,
How I love You.

Spirit, I adore You,
Lay my life before You,
How I love You.

Eulogy: Rev. Mary Bailey


Prayers of Thanksgiving



What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations,
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged:
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness:
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge -
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer,
In his arms he'll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Joseph Medlicott Scriven

The Blessing



This page is based on the Order of Service leaflet designed and prepared by the London Road and Dorset Gardens Methodist Churches for use in the service at London Road on 17 April, 2002.