With joyful heart, praise Christ the Lord for years which God has blessed. For those within these isles who have the faith of Christ confessed. Give thanks for every Christian life - resourceful, generous, meek - whose shining witness down the years continues still to speak.
With active mind, acknowledge how the risen Christ today awakens people to respond, to listen, serve and pray. Give thanks that when our efforts fail to build or to persuade, the Spirit comes with wind and flame to quicken hopes that fade.
With lifted eyes, look far ahead to see Christ standing there. The Lord who firmly beckons us his ministry to share.
To love with self-outpouring love the world for which he died, to meet and match the needs of those who struggle at our side. Throw wide the doors to Jesus Christ and praise the living Lord; who feeds the universal church by sacrament and word.
One fraction of that flock, may we be faithful in our task, encouraged that God's gifts exceed all that we dare to ask. David Mowbray b.
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