Archbishop of York has asked people to reflect on the "suffering in our
world" as he delivered his Christmas sermon.
included the parents of missing girl
and the family of chef
during his speech at York Minster.
The victims of suicide bombings, the "downtrodden" of Zimbabwe, the
armed forces and people affected by the economic downturn were all
referred to in his sermon.
The Archbishop referred to Psalm 98 in which "the entire world of
creation is summoned to sing, play and dance the new song to the Lord".
"This new song is a universal song, not the property of some exclusive
part of our world. And since the entire world is invited to sing this
new song, singers of this new song acknowledge the ever-adorable God,"
"All are summoned to praise and worship God 'in the beauty of holiness'.
"The Psalm proclaims that, from whatever viewpoint we think of God, he
is infinitely desirable, glorious and worthy of our adoration."
He told the congregation: "With joy in our response to God's message of
deliverance, let us leave the Minster this morning in a pure state,
confident of our future in God's plan."