1149:The Bishop of London said: "Nine-year-old David wrote to say, 'last night when we were saying prayers, my daddy said everyone has done wrong things except Jesus. I said I don't think you have done bad things because you are the prime minister. Am I right or is my daddy?" Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that the PM replied in her own hand in a very straightforward letter which took the question seriously. "However good we try to be, we can never be as kind, gentle and wise as Jesus. There will be times when we do or say something we wish we hadn't done and we shall be sorry and try not to do it again… If you and I were to paint a picture, it wouldn't be as good as the picture of great artists. So our lives can't be as good as the life of Jesus."
- The congregation join together for Charles Wesley's Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, reflecting Baroness Thatcher's Methodist upbringing.
Quoting the poet T S Eliot, the bishop concludes: "What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."
He ends his sermon with: "Rest eternal grant unto her O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon her."
The dominant note of a Christian funeral service, says Bishop Chartres, is that after the sorrow and the memories comes hope. Margaret Thatcher "had a sense of this", he says.
Baroness Thatcher's remark while in office that there is "no such thing as society" has been misunderstood, says the bishop. He says: "It refers to some impersonal entity to which we are tempted to surrender our independence."Bishop Chartres includes the fact Baroness Thatcher was part of the team that invented the Mr Whippy ice cream as one of her pre-political achievements.
The bishop's accounts of Baroness Thatcher's ability to reach out to people, whether members of the public, or himself, draw a laugh from the congregation.
Bishop Chartres says she once warned him at a serious City function: "Don't touch the duck pate Bishop, it's very fattening."
Bishop Chartres notes Lady Thatcher's Methodist upbringing "to which this country owes a huge debt". She once described her religious upbringing in a lecture saying: "We were taught always to make up our own minds and never take the easy way of following the crowd". The Bishop says that in the past it was so often the Methodists who took the lead.
Bishop Chartres reminds the congregation that Lady Thatcher had the common destiny of all human beings. "Lying here, she is one of us". The bishop says today is "neither the time nor the place" to debate her legacy.
Delivering his sermon, Bishop Chartres, says: "After the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy, there is a great calm".