The Bandsman's Prayer
Written by Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Wakefield, for Songs of Praise, BBC TV, June 1996
Heavenly Father, we thank you for instruments of brass and silver and for the lungs and lips that blow them.
Bless all who play in our bands and the communities they represent - especially the former mill and mining communities of these areas.
May their music inspire us to live in deep harmony with one another - and in rhythm with the abiding presence of Christ.