Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married and a proud Dad.

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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Saturday, April 04, 2009

THE RELEASE OF BALLOONS BEARING MESSAGES OF LOVE AT JADE'S FUNERAL

Jackiey has asked me to say some words before we release the balloons.
We’ve just said goodbye to Jade’s poorly body, for which she has no further use.
But she’s not dead and we’ve not left her at the cemetery and these balloons are for her.
So if I may, I’d like these words to be to her.
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Beautiful Jade, thank you for all you’ve given us,
Your love and laughter
and the magic you’ve woven, as golden thread, into all our lives.
Now your spirit is free,
You’ve soared high through the wide blue expanse of sky
Into the sun’s warmth and the wind’s breath
Past the dance of the stars and the planets.

You’ve crossed the bridge of dreams,
Been reclothed in a new body and fallen
Into the arms of loved ones waiting upon that golden shore

You’re safe
in paradise
and watching with us now.

And oh, how we miss you,
But our love is ever with you
And we know that we will see you, hold you and be together with you again.

So until that halcyon day, our eyes will caress you by night, our ‘brightest star’
Our memories will warm us by day.

And upon these balloons, we’ve written our tear stained jottings

That express our heartfelt and eternal love for you.
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They bear the kisses of our love to you in heaven
as now we release them.

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