The CLESO Prayer by Rev’d Canon David Parrott

O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven:
Be ever present with your servants in this organisation
who seek through music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth;

Grant them, iron hands
that they might grasp the nettle of new music.
yet, grant them, velvet fingers
that we may touch tenderly the sensibilities of Your people

Grant them, feet light as feathers
that they may tread softly path before them
yet, grant them, firm footsteps
that they might follow where You would have them go.

Grant them, failing memory
that they may forget the occasional harsh criticisms
yet, grant them, memory clear as crystal
that they may remember the joy - and comfort -
that their music brings.

And above all else, dear Lord,
grant them space and time in their busy-ness
that their souls may touch your soul -
and that they may glimpse your beauty,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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