As 132nd Bishop of London, the link with The English Church in Hamburg goes back at least to Bishop Laud’s time in 1633 and possibly to Bishop John King, a notable Calvinist surprisingly remembered for his lavish entertainment of Pocahontas in 1617. The relationship has continued and changed over the centuries but I welcome this opportunity to renew the link.
Your Patron Thomas á Becket was a notable Londoner, son of a Mercer in business in Cheapside. His place of birth here is marked by a pilgrim badge in the City. Hamburg had and continues to have a very close trading relationship with London and it is good that we have a share in a London Saint who defied the secular power in the name of the church.
So right gladly do I send my greetings and best wishes to you as you look back on 400 years, praying that you may continue to be a faithful witness to Jesus Christ and a place of worship, support and friendship in the great city of Hamburg for many years to come.
With thanks for our partnership in the Gospel.
The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO DD FSA