This prayer is adapted from one used in Westminster Abbey at ‘The Commonwealth Service: A Celebration of the Commonwealth‘ on 14th March 2016. I wrote it to accompany the raising of the Commonwealth Flag on Peterborough Town Hall on 13th March 2017.
We gather in the spirit of unity and diversity of our commonwealth.
We give you thanks, O Lord, for the faithful stewardship of Her Majesty the Queen,
and pray that you continue to grant her,
and all who lead with her,
your blessing, wisdom and support.
We thank you, Father, for your image and likeness
that is equally bestowed upon all humanity.
As this flag flies above this city
so may the value, sacredness of every life
and the dignity of all humanity
fill every part of our communities.
Build bridges of hope and common cause in all our people;
to the benefit of all and the honour of your name. Amen.