27  August  2017

Grant us, O Lord, the will to accomplish all that pleases you; the strength to do all that you command and the reverence to respect all that you have made; for your own name's sake. Amen.

Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

Joyous God,
   who sings the world a capella style,
   who improvises joy in unlikely events,
   and breathes an exuberant spirit to set the world dancing;
help us, your unlikely followers,
   to glimpse the twinkle in your creative eye
   and to see a wonderful hope in dark and chaotic places;
so that, even within sorrow and struggle, we may discover glimmers of hope,
   within pain, the possibilities of transformation;
   and within injustice, our own power to change the world for good.
Most of all, God, don't let us be dull.
Give us the courage to join your exuberant enterprise called life,
to laugh at our own impossibilities and ridiculous notions
and, in all this, to trust, that through you and in you and with your love,
we and all your people should, and can and will be free. Amen.

Barbara Glasson, West Yorkshire District Deputy Chair

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