By Rachel Mann, priest in the Diocese of Manchester
A Prayer for Manchester after the Bombing
whose Love dares to dwell in the midst of us.
Be with the people of Manchester today.
Grieve with us in our grief,
search with us as we seek out lost loved ones,
wait with us in the anxiety of unknowing.
When I got married 40 years ago last month the vicar insisted that we had a psalm as well as a reading we chose I think psalm 67. Imagine my surprise then when the choir sang Psalm 128 which contains the words ‘Your wife within your house shall be like a fruitful vine’!
Four children later another Smith wedding is about to take place this month at St Giles, I am marrying my daughter. We have just got back from collecting ‘the dress’, the celebrations are arranged and Lydia and Eddie will be married at St Giles. It’s the church where Lydia is one of our musicians and Eddie was baptised and confirmed here.