Generous God, we give thanks that under the guidance of your Holy Spirit you have called Stephen to be the priest and pastor of our parishes. Be with him and Jo, his wife, as they prepare to join our communities, and with us as we prepare to welcome them into our lives. Bless the people of the parishes who are preparing to say farewell to them. Sustain them, as you have sustained us, with hope and perseverance for the time ahead, as you continue to call us all into the mission and ministry entrusted to us by your Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.