In light of the Government’s guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that _•Our church buildings are closed for public worship and for private prayer•Live streaming of services is more important than ever and is still permissible from homes•We are encouraged to consider how we can be as creative as possible with streaming services and other resourcesJoin with us here, on this web _•with our Joint Service on Sunday mornings•with our OpenCast service available 24/7 on <This Week> page•with the prayers given below.•by downloading the current Diocesan Prayer Diary here.
Keep us, good Lord,under the shadow of your mercyin 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 comfortknowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.Amen.
Prayers about the virus outbreak
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 & medical
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 someone 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 asrevealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.
For our community
We are not people of fear:we are people of courage.We are not people who guard 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.Amen.Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference
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.Amen.
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.Lord God, you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven;by it you nourish our faith, increase our hope, and strengthen our love:teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread, andenable us to live by every word that proceeds from out of your mouth;through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This week please pray for:* Diocese of Canterbury and all their Archbishops, Bishops and clergy.* Violet Lane, Clent* All those who minister across our diocese - that they may feel supported and sustained in their faith, able to help more people know the love of God* The mentally handicapped* Children and staff of Sunfield homesWe pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit; may they know your presence alongside them in their time of need, including: Lance Brennan, Rachel Shergold, Trevor Jones, Jack Hope, Tim Burns, Judy Moyes, John Westley, Ken Winfield, Drew Beaumont, Dorothy Tomkins, Susan Dennis, Robert Davies, Sheila Gordon, Nina Moyes, John and Hazel Smith, & Jan WoolleyWe pray, for those mourning the death of loved ones especially for the family and friends of:Irene Luscott, Roland Lowe, David Waldron, Elizabeth Bridge, Trevor Grove, Doris Kendall, Joan Peck & Michael Saunders___________________________________Alleluia, alleluia!I am the light of the world, says the Lord.Anyone who follows me will have the light of life. Alleluia!