Monday, 23 June 2008
People of God are doing good all over the world
"People of God are doing good all over the world" was the theme for the "Service on the Eve of The National Prayer Breakfast 2008" at which I was involved in leading prayers this evening. It was a lovely service held in St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey. It was led by Canon Robert Wright and involved Members and staff from both Houses of Parliament. The address was given by Labib Madanat, Executive Secretary of the Palestinian Bible Society and Development Director of the Bible Lands Bible Societies. He spoke movingly of the need for Christians to change the rules of encounter to break the cycles of damage which humans get into and how Christians need to be bearers of hope. Andy Flannagan and a talented cello player called Lucy led the modern worship songs and Richard Pearce played the organ for the more traditional hymns. A really interesting mix which came together well. It was good to see Martin Turner (Superintendent Minister of Westminster Central Hall) there too. Well, I think it was! When someone came up to me as I was speaking to Martin at the end and said how he had heard every word of my prayers Martin teased "Oh yes, you can always hear what Ruby says - you might not always agree with it but you can definitely hear it!" It's a good job we are old friends. The prayer breakfast is back at Westminster in Parliament at 7.30 tomorrow morning so I better try to have an early night or I might not make it.