…the Queen at 90…

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For the faithful devotion of our Sovereign,
we give thanks and praise.
For her dutiful commitment to her people,
we give thanks and praise.
For her loving leadership of nation and family,
we give thanks and praise.
For her gentle constancy amidst continuing change,
we give thanks and praise.
For her royal dignity in joy and in adversity,
we give thanks and praise.
For her kindly humanity to one and all,
we give thanks and praise.
We give thanks and praise for these divine gifts
given to our gracious Queen,
yesterday, today, and in the years to come

Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
Urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
Sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided,
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.

Lord, for that word, the word of life which fires us,
Speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
Teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us,
Lord of the word, receive your people’s praise.

Lord, for our land, in this our generation,
Spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care;
For young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

Lord, for our world; when we disown and doubt him,
Loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain;
Hungry and helpless, lost indeed without him,
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.

Lord, for ourselves; in living power remake us,
Self on the cross and Christ upon the throne;
Past put behind us, for the future take us,
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.

Words: Timothy Dudley-Smith, OBE (b.1926) Tune: Lord of the Years
who celebrates his 90th birthday Michael Baughen (b.1930)
on 26th December this year arr. Simon Johnson (b.1975)
Organist of St Paul’s

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