Rotary Amazing Graces

At a time in Rotary when giving Grace was standard practice, Ken would compose a grace specifically suited to the meeting in hand. A number of these were eventually published in a booklet called “Amazing Graces”, which sold over 300 copies, the net proceeds being shared between the Rotary Club of Coventry Breakfast and Intermediate Technology Development Group (now Practical Action) where Ken worked for five years . The Rotary Club of Coventry Breakfast has kindly granted Ken release from the copyright for those poems contained in the book.

Ken was one of the founder members of the Rotary Club of Coventry Breakfast . (2017 is the 25th anniversary of its founding). Awarded the “Four Avenues of Service Citation For Individual Rotarians” by Rotary International, these “Four Avenues of Service” are indeed guiding lights for all Rotarians, and are shared below as simply worth sharing, and as one of the underlying themes to the graces that follow:
1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
2. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by all Rotarians of their occupation as an opportunity to serve society
3. The application of the ideal of service by all Rotarians to their personal, business and community life.
4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

A BOOKLET IS NOW AVAILABLE SHARING THE BEST OF THESE GRACES, – THE VARIOUS EXTRACTS BELOW WILL HOPEFULLY ENCOURAGE READERS TO INVEST IN THIS DELIGHTFUL COLLECTION OF GRACES WHICH WAS WARMLY RECOMMENDED BY BOTH A FORMER BISHOP OF COVENTRY, AND A FORMER PRESIDENT OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL BRITAIN AND IRELAND. See SHOP /shop/

Guest Speakers

Welcoming a guest
Dear Lord, help us to do our best
And make each welcome as a guest
Notwithstanding race or creed
Help us to meet a brother’s need.

District Governor speaker
We thank Thee Lord for our DG
*****

Festival of Light
We thank Thee Lord that day though night  *****

Bee Keepers’ Association
Dear Lord we thank Thee for the BEE
It is a little treasure,
It brings to life a lot of BUZZ
And fills our lives with pleasure!

Special Meeting – election
Dear Lord please bless this special meeting
*****

Children Homes in Need
Protect Thy children everywhere
*****

Macmillan Nurses
Dear Lord, we turn to Thee in need
Protect us from all harm,
And may Thy touch give healing strength
In which we find true calm……

History of Coventry Rotary
Dear Lord, as life is such a mystery
*****

Magician
Dear Lord it really would be tragic,
*****

Visit from friends overseas
We thank Thee Lord for fellowship
It is a lovely thing
It makes us want to laugh and shout
It makes us want to sing!
*****

The Coventry Way (Coventry footpath)
We’re grateful Lord for every day
*****

Charity, giving of cheques
Dear Lord please help us to believe
It’s good to both give and receive
*****

Handover
The year has been and gone, – it’s went:
We’ll soon have ‘nother president!
*****

Lifting Hearts.
We thank Thee Lord for all Thou art
And for the gift of Love:
May we, through Thee, lift ev’ry heart
With strength that’s from above?

Visit of the District Governor
(who likes steam trains!)
*****
Keep us oiled and running smooth
Like an engine in its groove,
*****

Youth exchange
Help us to see it is not strange
To offer things in fair exchange.
*****
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Emmaus Organisation
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Relate
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WATCH
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Talk about cancer treatment
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Japanese exchange students
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Mission to Seamen
Father, Father, hear our pleas
Protect Thy children on the seas.
Tho’ storm or tempest rage and blow,
Help each of us to really know,
That whereever we may be,
We are safe when we’re with Thee..

Comic Relief.
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Myton Hospice
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