Prayers

Many of us want to, but don't know how to pray at a time like this.

I hope these ideas click here might help us be still. Know God is closer to us than we can imagine and is listening.

I recommend these simple 8 minute meditations with music, bible passage and prayer: pray-as-you-go.org and for lockdown specific prayers click here - pray as you stay.

Join in a simple pattern of morning and evening daily prayer here : create a prayer space at home and perhaps light a candle if safe to do so.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Mobile phone users can download the app and for help with smart speaker apps click here.   

 

Prayers about the outbreak.

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; 

that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.

In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love,

for your name’s sake. Amen

 

God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.

In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope;

in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross,

but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

For those who are ill

Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain,

knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe. Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick,

and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.

Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

From one who is ill or isolated

O God, help me to trust you, help me to know that you are with me,

help me to believe that nothing can separate me from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.

We are not people who protect our own safety:

we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.

We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.

We are your people God, giving and loving, wherever we are, whatever it costs

For as long as it takes wherever you call us.

 

Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference