For the inauguration of our new circuit in 2007 this prayer was specially written,
please pray with us and for us:
O Lord our God, our Creator and Redeemer
We look to you to lead us in this new partnership.
Meld us into one team, working together in harmony,
enriched, encouraged and strengthened by our coming together,
and sure of your abiding presence with us day by day.
May your Spirit inspire us with new vision,
along with new energies and insight
for the work you would have us do.
Take us and make us channels of your grace.
And, just as in the days the Abbey flourished,
may we become a source of spiritual nourishment
and practical service without discrimination
for all the many people of this whole area.
May each one be grasped by your love for us
and find that peace that passes all human understanding.
We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
With heavy hearts we join the nation in mourning the passing
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at Balmoral Castle in
Scotland on Thursday 8 September 2022.
The Queen, who died at 96, spent 70 years on throne, becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history.
True to her vow on her 21st birthday in 1947 to devote all
her life to service, she never wavered, and never retired. It is a testimony to
her sense of duty that although frail and worn, she rose to her constitutional
responsibility and received in personal audience Elizabeth Truss, newly
elected leader of the Conservatives, to invite her to form a government just
two days before she passed on.
From her strength of character she modelled a remarkable
life of personal dignity, stability and moral rectitude that was the envy of
many, and an inspiration to yet many more. From her longevity she spurn a
golden thread of perseverance that made her seem immortal. Together both gifts
engraved her name on the pages of history and will serve as eternal witnesses
to an immortal record of faithful service. Her immortality is beyond assured.
We pray for the royal family and ask for God’s wisdom to guide them at this pivotal moment of transition, as one era ends and another begins.
The Reverend Greg Obong-Oshotse
Lesnes Abbey Methodist Circuit, London
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