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A prayer in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games

Eternal God,
Giver of joy and source of all strength,
we pray for those
who prepare for the London Olympic and Paralympic games.
For the competitors training for the Games and their loved ones,
For the many thousands who will support them,

And for the Churches and others who are organising special events and who will welcome many people from many nations.
In a world where many are rejected and abused,
we pray for a spirit of gracious magnimity, humility and respect
and for the health and safety of all.
May we at the last be led towards the love of Christ who is more than gold, today and forever. Amen

The prayer, composed by the Revd Christopher Woods, the Church of England's National Worship Development Officer is also read on a new podcast by GB Olympic 400m gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu MBE