In the midday Cathedral prayer today I rang the ambulatory bell and was impressed by the sudden hush; the visitors stood quietly as I read the prayers for the city and added the collect devised for the Cadbury plant and its people and to help us all as we start to find our way through this sad event.
God of grace, we thank you for the many years the Cadbury Factory has enriched the life of our city: provided employment; sustained families; and served the common good. We grieve the factory closure and ask your grace to uphold all affected staff and their families in the days ahead that they find alternative local employment. In the power of your Holy Spirit, so lead us that this darkness and adversity will not prevail and we will know the joy and purpose of your perfect will, through Jesus Christ our Lord, ever one God, world without end. Amen.