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This morning saw Harlow’s Civic Service at St Paul’s Church in the town centre.
I was privileged to be asked by the current Chairman of the council to read the Psalm.
The Civic Service is a really nice moment in the towns political life as Councillors from all political parties come together to pray for the town that they all serve.
It reminds me that my service to my hometown of Harlow is also a service and sacrifice to the Lord whose Kingdom is everlasting.
Here is the Psalm:
A psalm of praise. Of David.
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendour of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you.
They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.