We Are Here to Thank God for Commerce and Industry (Prayer)
Human enterprise is not simply an end in itself; it is the means and the medium through which people fulfil their ultimate destiny.
We are here today to give thanks to God for all that Commerce and Industry mean to our country, our economy and our lives.
We thank God for the value that our businesses create, which can secure the public services we and our families need.
We thank God for the network of international contacts that mean that never again will Europe be devastated by war. The new Europe is being built by people in different countries working together towards common goals.
We thank God for the opportunity to contribute to the transformation of Central and Eastern Europe, to the ultimate benefit of all the citizens of Europe as a whole.
We thank God for the difference that industry can make to the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink, our nation's transport and communications infrastructure.
We thank God for the ability to develop and apply the most advanced technology in the cause of peace, and to improve the quality of life for all.
We thank God for our colleagues: their competence, capacity, commitment and comradeship. Business is about ordinary people working together, often in very difficult circumstances, to achieve extraordinary things.
And we pray to God that we will be able to meet adequately the responsibilities and obligations of management.
This we do in the name of him who taught us that to lead is to serve, and whose service is perfect freedom, Jesus Christ our Lord.