The Archbishop of Canterbury mentioned courage eight times in his sermon. He was preaching on Jesus’ call to Peter to step out of the boat. Archbishop Welby mentioned risk three times. He affirmed that Jesus is the Son of God twice and spoke of his unique work.
The service blended the best of choral music with evangelical marching songs such as ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’, ‘And Can It Be’, ‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross’, and ‘In Christ Alone’ (with the proper words).
The Archbishop was led to the nave steps by Ghanaian drummers to give the Gospel Reading. Ghanaian drum sound and dance filled the cathedral.
In an innovation which he introduced, the Archbishop of Canterbury was welcomed at the cathedral door after he knocked for entry by a 17 year old school girl. She had been baptized in the cathedral and, with her family, was a member of the cathedral congregation and a scholar at King’s School. On coming into the cathedral the Archbishop stopped specially to greet her.
On leaving people commented on how inspiring and full of confidence the service was. But as one Archbishop told me, Courage needs company.
Report by Chris Sugden from Canterbury Cathedral
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