This week please pray for _•Dudley’s As-One initiative as it seeks to fill our streets with friendliness and build a community support network for the future•the Diocese of Connor (Ireland): Bishop George Davison•the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles (Scotland)•the Diocese of Lolland-Falster (Denmark): Bishop Marianne Gaarden•the Church of Nigeria: Bishop Henry C. Ndukuba•the Worcester Deanery Leadership Team - Paul Fulbrook (Secretary), Anne Potter, Mike Bunclark, Stephanie Watson•the parents and Godparents of Ella Stockbridge, who is being baptised today at St Leonard’s•all who have suffered through the continuing Coronavirus crisis•those who live in Birmingham Road, Hagley, and Stoney Lane, Clent.We pray for those who are unwell or in particular need: Jo Marsh, Freda Baker, Cynthia Downes, Tina Symonds, Kate Bill. We pray for those mourning the death of loved ones; the families and friends of Susan Carpenter, Dennis Ingleby, David Hughes, and Wendy James.This is ‘Love your Burial Ground Week’ when communities are being encouraged to come together to discover and protect the wildlife in their local churchyards as part of the Churches Count on Nature initiative.
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 present situation
Gracious God,as we remember before you the thousandswho have died,surround us and all who mourn with yourstrong compassion.Be gentle with us in our grief,protect us from despair,and give us grace to persevereand face the future with hopein Jesus Christ our risen 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.
A Prayer for those admitted to hospital
God of love,Make yourself known to me as I enter this hospital.Help me to adjust to this new manner of life.Give me gratitude for those who care for me, compassion for those in the ward with me, love for all who I may meet here, and your presence - that I may know your healing touch. Amen.
Parish PrayerThis week please pray for _•our God Most High to lead us now on the road to the cross. May we follow with faithfulness and joy, singing, ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven.’ •all who have suffered through the continuing Coronavirus crisis, those working in the medical and caring professions and all key workers•the Anglican Church in Hong Kong - Archbishop Andrew Chan; the Diocese of Armagh (Ireland) - Archbishop John McDowell; the Diocese of Funen (Denmark) - Bishop Tine Lindhard•those who live in Woodland Avenue, Hagley, and Holy Cross Lane, Clent.We pray for those who are unwell or in particular need: Jo Marsh, Michael Goold, Lillian Baines, Tim and Linda Walker, Dave and Wendy Pettit, Kate Bill, Nicola, Jean Pardoe, Freda Baker, Isabella (Eva’s granddaughter), Cynthia Downes, David Hughes and Anne Lockett.We pray for those mourning the death of loved ones; including the family and friends of Dennis Ingleby.