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we celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, which is extraordinary in human history, just Louis XIV exceeded her 70 years of reigning by two years, and hopefully she will be able to break that French record.

Most certainly, every church in the UK marks this achievement wishing Queen Elizabeth II good health and thanking her long service to the country. Most people – whether royalists or republicans – acknowledge the political, economic stability that the constitutional monarchy has provided over the decades, or even centuries, and admire the moral example the Queen gives to us, and for her willingness to share her faith in her speeches and decision making.

Her Majesty’s Christian faith and stoic calm even in difficult situations is notable. Her very long reign reminds me of the stability that we have in our Christian faith, as Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Her Majesty’s message to the CoE last November called on the church to focus on the unchanging Gospel of Christ “to bring the people of this country to the knowledge and the love of God”. In the URC I hear from every direction every so often: we live in rapidly changing times, the church must change too (and these changes might be painful for ministers and communities). On the other hand, it is good to hear from the Queen that the Gospel of Christ and its teachings are not changing. And they never should.

The Queen’s steadfast love for this country and in the Commonwealth reminds me of God’s steadfast love for us in Jesus. She has set an example before us how to serve God and our community with resilience telling us that by God's grace the Gospel of Christ, just like our Lord Jesus, will remain "the same yesterday, today, and forever"!

Yours in Christ, John