Strong, sovereign God,
you build your church through women and men
who hear and heed your call;
we praise you for Hilda
and her leadership in the British church:
inspiring its bishops,
educating its children,
and shaping its religious life;
give us grace also to dedicate our lives to your service
in undiminished devotion and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us
by your power we are created
and by your love we are redeemed;
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves to your service
and live this day in love to one another and to you.
May Christ the King give us his blessing of peace.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.