Prayers about the outbreak

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.

 

For the Christian community

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

 

 Intercessions

 SET A

 Let us pray to God, who alone makes us dwell in safety:

 

For all who are affected by coronavirus, through illness or isolation or anxiety,

that they may find relief and recovery:

 Lord, hear us,

 Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For those who are guiding our nation at this time, and shaping national policies,

 that they may make wise decisions:

 Lord, hear us,

            Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,

that through their skill and insights many will be restored to health:

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For the vulnerable and the fearful,

for the gravely ill and the dying,

 that they may know your comfort and peace:

 Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

 our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 SET B

Let us pray to the Lord, who is our refuge and stronghold. 

 

For the health and well-being of our nation,

that all who are fearful and anxious may be at peace and free from worry:

 Lord, hear us,

 Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For the isolated and housebound,

 that we may be alert to their needs,

 and care for them in their vulnerability:

Lord, hear us,

 Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For our homes and families, our schools and young people,

and all in any kind of need or distress:

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

 

For a blessing on our local community,

 that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship,

 where all are known and cared for:

 Lord, hear us,

 Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,

 to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen


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