International Women's Day

I preached at International Women's Day at the Cathedral - it was quite a gathering and very moving to have prayers led by Muslim women as well as Christians. We also had Katie Kirby from the Connexional Team with us for the day, so it was good to share a bit of Bradford life with her. I wonder why we had 'true British sandwiches' after the service; I think we could do better on international food - but the company was good!

A prayer

Restless God
We pray for everyone who is unsettled
For gypsies by blood or persuasion
For those who have no home
For people who cannot rest

Restless God
We pray for everyone who is unsettling
For the deranged
For those who are not at home in their own heads
For people who cannot rest

Restless God
We pray for everyone who is unsettled
For the migrants
For those who have been trafficked for their bodies
For people who cannot rest

Restless God
We pray for everyone who is unsettling
For asylum seekers
For those who fear the knock of dawn raids
For people who cannot rest

Restless God
We pray for everyone who is unsettled
For people with disability
For those whose pain causes long sleepless nights
For those who cannot rest

I pledge
That I will not rest
Until all God’s people
Are sheltered in this place