Father Leslie and his wife Julie have shared their condolence letter regarding the death of Bishop Geoffrey Rowell to Bishop Robert with us:
The news of Bishop Geoffrey’s death came as a shock to both of us just as we were setting off on a short family visit to Bangalore in India. The informality of this response is owed to these circumstances.
We join the many who, having had the privilege of knowing Bishop Geoffrey and being blessed by his ministry, now mourn the loss of this great churchman, theologian and episcopal leader. He retained his very special humour and touched the lives of so many people, in so many ways and in so many different contexts.
For me, Leslie, he was an inspiration in particular in respect of the work relating to the Orthodox world. He was furthermore a prophetic voice of solidarity for Christian communities across the world who suffer persecution and oppression. He understood the pain of their situation. One of his key biblical verses in such situations was: we share with you in Jesus the persecution, and the kingdom and the patient endurance (Rev. 1.9).
I, Julie, remember him from his visit to St. Catherine’s Church in Stuttgart while still Bishop in Europe and from a very well received lecture on the Oxford Movement to theological students in Tübingen University a couple of years ago.
We thank the Lord for the life of Bishop Geoffrey; a witness to the love of God. We know him to be in God’s eternal kingdom of justice and love. May he rest in peace in the glory of God.
Warm regards as usual
The Right Reverend Dr Geoffrey Rowell, who was Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe until 2013, died peacefully after a short illness on Trinity Sunday at the age of 74. The Diocese in Europe has posted a tribute on its website at the following link: http://europe.anglican.org/news/news/post/1274-tributes-to-bishop-geoffrey-rowell-rip
You might remember Bishop Geoffrey’s sermon at the 400th anniversary service for our church in 2012. If you would like to listen to it again in his memory, you can do so on our STB400 website: http://400years.anglican-church-hamburg.de/events/service-of-thanksgiving-400-years-anglican-church-in-hamburg/
We just got word from ProPiano that unfortunately the concert “Der Sturm” that was supposed to take place at our church on Saturday 10 June 07:30 PM has to be canceled due to health reasons.
Please also note that the afternoon concert on the same day (“Hammerklavier”) was moved to the Klangmanufaktur (Wendenstraße 255).
All other concerts will take place as planned at our church. Please see our event calendar for details.
While there won’t be a walk in June, our walking enthusiasts can look forward to one in July. Details to follow!
If you are not on our wanderers’ mailing list yet but would like to receive updates on dates and locations, please get in touch with Nicki Schiller at nicki.schiller (at) gmx.de.
Sad news: Sir Jeffrey Tate, chief conductor of the Hamburger Sinfoniker, has died aged 74. Sir Jeffrey was a good friend to our church, last visiting in March to hear Clare Hammond play. Together with Daniel Hope and Sebastian Knauer, Sir Jeffery gave a gala benefit concert at the church in February 2012 during our 400th anniversary. Further details in English can be found on the websites of the BBC and Deutsche Welle.
The latest edition of our parish magazine Becket News is out. A lot has been going on in the past few months and there are exciting things happening. Enjoy the read!