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Coronavirus prayer

O Lord, sometimes it's hard for us to know what we can do at this time, when we might feel that our 'hands are tied' because of our age or physical fragilities. Use us Lord, use our words, our letter writing skills, our crafting, our telephone voices our use of the internet. Inspire us Lord into new ways of witnessing and caring, fill us with compassion, strength and humour. And even though our chapel is not in use at the moment help us to make that building, as well as the people that make up the chapel, a beacon in this community, a place that shines out and speaks loudly of your love throughout this Holy Week and particularly at Easter. We ask all this in the name of your precious Son who died for each one of us in a terrible time such as this. Amen

 

Father, we want to pray for our government at this difficult time; people who are expected to have an answer for every problem, money to solve every situation, wisdom and strength and power. Lord help us to remember that all governments are just collections of human beings, many of whom are trying their best but still flailing around in the dark. Lord, give them wisdom, the information they need to make good decisions, the humility to enable them to work for others and the love and compassion to use resources wisely. Please give them the strength to keep on working and the mental health they need not to break down.

We particularly pray today for Boris Johnson, please be with him and all others who are fighting this virus. Give them the stamina to go on fighting, the ability to rest when that is appropriate, and the understanding that yours is the greatest and best governance and that to hope and trust in you is the greatest gift of all, Amen.


 PRAYER POINTS   
“LORD JESUS CHRIST, BORN IN AGES PAST, BE BORN IN US TODAY”All too quickly we find ourselves already in Advent and the Christmas season and then into the New Year - 2019!

Amidst all the excitement we have another opportunity to pause, to think about the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of the one we celebrate - Jesus.
 

So, in the excitement lets not forget the true meaning of why we celebrate.
 

Jesus - You are still our joy, You are still our peace.
 

You are no longer a babe in the manger. You are Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

We celebrate you as Lord this Christmas and as we enter a new year, both as individuals and as churches, that we may stay focused on you.
 

We Pray :-
For those we know who are trying to cope in difficult circumstances.
For those dealing with unemployment.
For those suffering in body, mind, or spirit.
For those in continual pain.
For those who are experiencing loss - relational, financial, spiritual 
or physical.
For those who are feeling fearful of what 2019 might hold for them,
and those for whom the new year brings joy.
 

Lord, we pray for the leaders of our country. We ask that you will give them your guidance and protection as they discuss Brexit and its implications. Help them to deal honestly, speak graciously and work diligently.

Thank you for your reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in 
seasons of brokenness, You are still with us, You never leave us and that we are safe in your care, now and always.

AMEN.

                                                      Shirley Miller
 

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