When the news came through on my reader that the Church of England had come up with a prayer for the Olympics I immediately switched to cynic mode. I was wrong to do so because it is an excellent prayer. It is simple, unambiguous, uncluttered and understandable (there is a time for poetry in our prayers but when people from many cultures come together poetic language can confuse and so is best avoided). It is unpretentiously inclusive and gospel based. I commend the Reverend Christopher Woods, chaplain of Christ Church, Cambridge, for a job well done.
Giver of joy and source of all strength, we pray for those who prepare for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
For the competitors training for the Games and their loved ones,
For the many thousands who will support them,
And for the Churches and others who are organising special events and who will welcome many people from many nations.
In a world where many are rejected and abused, we pray for a spirit of tolerance and acceptance, of humility and respect and for the health and safety of all.
May we at the last be led towards the love of Christ who is more than gold, today and forever.