St Cecilia We Celebrate You
Lyrics and music composed by Debbie Jones
We all have offerings and talents to give
Let’s all discover them, develop them and live
Inviting friends to share in our journey
We’ll join together, telling our story
Stories of learning and teaching each other
We are one family like sisters and brothers
Hearing and sharing experience of life
We thank Our Lord, as we lift our voices
In all we do, we sing for you
We’re here to praise, our blessings gifts and faith
Respect each other, forgive forget
St Cecilia we celebrate you
When things go wrong we can always start again
There is no shame in saying sorry in the end
Consideration, everyone is treated fairly
We thank Our Lord as we lift our voices
Instrumental over verse
Chorus x2 and repeat last line
Welcome to Women’s World Day of Prayer Receive children. Receive me.
This was the title of the service written by the Christian women of Cuba. During the service, on Friday 4th March, we were given a glimpse of Cuba’s history, geography, culture and everyday life through three generations. The older generation presented the Word of God. The young adult carried the food that sustains. The youngest revealed the areas of the islands.
Pupils from the Chaplaincy Group took part in the service which was held at St Wilfrid’s RC Church in Longridge. Curtis McKenley was asked to open the service with a prayer whilst the other members of the group read the bidding prayers.
We listened to the social contradictions in the lives of Cuban people and the economic embargo. The International Committee writes ‘The Christian women from Cuba gave us an invitation to learn from each generation through their own gift, to put children at the centre of God’s Kingdom, and to hear Jesus’ call to be that child.’
In today’s society we are presented with many challenges. How can we be like a child? How do we treat children? Churches Together in Longridge organiser Mrs Carol Spencer thanked the pupils after the service, praising their skills and invited them to help organise next years’ service.