Almighty God, my Heavenly Father,
Thank you that, by your Holy Spirit, you live with me, and, through my faith in Christ, you dwell within me. Thank you that you have bound us to me, and hold tightly onto me. Please help me, each day, to know and experience the enduring sense of your presence and love. Yours is the love that won’t let me go, so help me to entrust myself into your loving care.
Loving Father, I pray for my our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Thank you for the love and care that they have shown to me. Please help me to know how to lovingly serve them in return. Please help us all with the pain and frustration of the ‘lockdown.’ And, please help all those who are anxious about returning to work – I particularly pray about the difficult issue of the re-opening of schools, and remember Queensgate Primary School within Woodford Parish.
Lord God, thank you for the great skill and self-sacrificial service being shown by those those working in the NHS, in Care Homes and those working on the ‘front line.’ Please continue to help them. And I especially remember those at Stepping Hill and Macclesfield hospitals, and those working in, and the residents of, Southfield House.
Creator God, thank you for the world’s scientists and inventors. I pray for all who are working on a vaccine to deal with the virus. Please help them. And please work in them to bring healing.
Sovereign God, please give wisdom and humility before you, to all those in positions of authority. And please bring this nation, and the world, through this time into a better place, and most of all, a deeper knowledge of you.
And, Living God, I pray for those who mourn. As a Church we continue to pray in particular for the family and friends of Mary Sadler and Pat Heap. I pray that, in the darkness of death, you would bring the light of resurrection hope.
All these things I pray in Jesus name, and for His glory. Amen
Hymns to look up (perhaps on YouTube and maybe sing along to):
‘Love Divine, all loves excelling’ by Charles Wesley
‘O Thou who camest from above’ by Charles Wesley