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Hundreds packed in to John Stott’s home church of All Souls Langham Place for his funeral, on Monday 8th August 2011. Many had queued for over an hour before the doors opened at 11.15am.

It was a Service of joy and thanksgiving which shone with the light of the Gospel, acknowledging the impact made in and through the life of one remarkable man.  Together with John's family were members of the St Barnabas community (where John spent his final days), All Souls clergy and church members past and present, alongside friends who had travelled from just about every continent.

The Service, led by Hugh Palmer, Rector of All Souls, opened to a declaration of praise with 'Crown Him with many crowns.'   Noel Tredinnick (Director of Music) and a number of All Souls musicians, provided the accompaniment to this and the other three hymns, 'Name of all majesty,' 'When I survey the wondrous Cross' and 'Glory to Jesus! risen, conquering Son.'

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Sermon at John Stott's Funeral Service
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Fond recollections encompassed the decades and the extraordinary breadth of John's life and ministry.  John’s niece, Caroline Bowerman,  spoke of the warmth and humour in their relationship and the priority the family knew they had in John’s life, despite his hectic schedule. Toby Howarth, former Study Assistant, spoke of how John 'pointed not to himself but to Jesus and to the Cross as the way of life'.   Long-time friend and former churchwarden David Turner commented: 'John is now with the Lord he loved. That glorious, transcendent reality wonderfully eases the very real sense of loss we feel that a Christian giant, role model, mentor and irreplaceable friend we loved has gone.'

The prayers were led by Rico Tice (All Souls Evangelist) and were followed by two Scripture readings, John 14 : 15-24 and Galatians 6 : 11-18 read by Frances Whitehead (John Stott’s Secretary) and Matthew Smith, former Study Assistant to John Stott. 

John Stott001The address was given by Chris Wright, International Director of Langham Partnership, in which he remarked : “John modelled obedience of faith in his life of humility, integrity and simplicity, and commented on John's passionate concern for evangelical Christian unity as obedience of love.  He illustrated Christian hope by quoting John's lifelong friend, Dr Billy Graham, 'One day you will hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don't believe it. I will be more alive than I am now, I will just have changed my address and gone into the presence of God."  A floral tribute lay on the communion table with the simple greeting, 'With affection.'

Previous All Souls Rectors, Michael Baughen (former Bishop of Chester) and Richard Bewes also attended the funeral as did Archbishop of York John Sentamu.  Archbishop John reflected “John loved and faithfully taught the Scriptures, which point to Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world, in the power of the Holy Spirit. He inspired millions, and passed on to them ... to do exactly the same.”

A more public Memorial Service will be held in London in the autumn.

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