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Praying during the pandemic
- Immanuel Jesus, God is with us in the centre of our world’s fragility.
- We lift up to God and pray for millions of people affected by the global pandemic, knowing that each person is precious to God. Especially we pray:
- For families who have lost loved ones to coronavirus- we pray for comfort
- For those who are suffering with long Covid- we pray for strength
- For those whose mental health has deteriorated- we pray for peace
- For those who have lost their jobs- we pray for hope
- For those who have lost regular income and are on furlough- we pray for patience
- For those who have been pushed into unwanted poverty – we pray for justice
- For those who have worked in the NHS and care sector throughout the pandemic- we pray for rest
- For those who have to make difficult decisions and choices in national and local government- we pray for integrity
- For those who are developing new vaccines- we pray for vigilance
- For those who remain isolated- we pray for friendship
- For all who are fearful- we pray for faith
- For those who are searching for God- we pray for discovery
- Matthew 6:33 Jesus said: “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”
- 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
- Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Parish cycle of prayer
An Act of Prayer for individuals or households to mark 23 March: the beginning of the first lockdown
It may be appropriate for this Act of Prayer to take place in the evening. In a household, all may wish to gather together.
A candle may be lit.
A leader says
Lord God, the maker and redeemer of all,
as we come before you in thanksgiving for the gift of health and life,
we grieve for the thousands who have died:
comfort us with your presence,
sustain us with the hope of your kingdom,
and give us grace to live our lives well;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
One or more of the following Scripture passages is read.
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
therefore can I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.
3 He shall refresh my soul
and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me
in the presence of those who trouble me;
you have anointed my head with oil
and my cup shall be full.
6 Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Cast all your anxieties upon God, for God cares for you.
1 Peter 5.7
Reflection and prayer may follow.
You may wish to:
- share thoughts about the last year;
- remember those who have died;
- pray for those who care for others;
- pray for all who are in need;
- share hopes for the future.
The leader prays
Lord Jesus Christ,
when fear and anxiety besiege us
and hope is veiled in grief,
hold us in your wounded hands
and make your face shine on us again,
for you are our Lord and God.
All join in praying the Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
The leader may say
Christ the Good Shepherd
enfold us with love,
fill us with peace,
and lead us in hope,
to the end of our days;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.
If a candle has been lit, someone might place it on a windowsill or another place which would make it visible from outside.