Lord, we thank you for all those saints who have lived and worked amongst us tirelessly to your praise and glory, and are now cheering us on and encouraging us as part of that great cloud of witnesses. We thank you for the seeds they planted and the fruits of their ministry that we still see. We pray for your help and guidance, wisdom and insight, as we seek to build on their faithful work. God of love, who was and is and is to come, we thank you for the anchor of the eternal hope we have in you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing’ 2 Tim 4 : 7-8