5  August  2017

Lord Jesus Christ, draw our hearts to yours with a love that is irresistible; unite our hearts to yours with a love that is inseparable, and bind our hearts to yours with a love that immeasurable; now and for ever. Amen. 

Miles Coverdale (1488-1568)


God of us all, we thank you that you place us in community,
to enable and encourage each other, to share and grow together.
Help those of us who are usually silent or silenced, to speak and be heard.
Help those of us who are always heard,
to learn to make space for others to have voice.
Help us all to be people who listen with our hearts,
value each other's differences, and work together
as we listen to your word and your wisdom.
Please broaden our minds and hearts to be in tune with yours,
that we may see as you see, and love as you love.
Help us to recognise that,
in enabling and encouraging each other with your kindness,
our communities, and each of us in them, may grow and flourish. Amen.

Ruth Yorke, deacon, Birmingham District

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