PANDEMIC PRAYERS

During these strange times we sometimes find it hard to find the right words to use in our prayers. Emotions, anxieties, anger, frustration, loneliness can leave us hopeless and prayer-less.
So, here are some prayers (mostly) published by the Methodist Church. We hope you'll find them helpful. 

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An encouragement ...written by Paul when he was in prison.

letter to the Philippians (4: 4 - 9)...

Rejoice in the Lord always.
I will say it again:

Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all.
The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.

And the peace of God,
which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds
IN CHRIST JESUS.



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A Psalm of lament and praise 

in a time of coronavirus

How shall we praise you, Lord, our God?

When we are locked down,

how shall we praise you?

When the doors to your house are barred,

and your people cannot assemble?

When those desperately in need of money and work

cannot even wait in the market-place?

When we have to circle round people in the street,

and to queue for shops maintaining safe distance?

When we can only communicate

by hearing on the phone,

or seeing on the screen;

or digitally messaging,

or even just waving through a window?

When we cannot meet our parents and children,

grandparents and grandchildren,

or other family members and friends?

When we cannot touch them in their flesh and blood,

to know they are really alive?

How shall we praise you?

How, like Thomas, shall we not see yet believe

that your son is raised among us?

How shall we praise you?

How can I praise you, Lord?

Are you plaguing us with this virus

to punish us because we have all done wrong,

or thought wrongly,

or felt wrongly,

or just been wrong?

If so, why do only some die,

and those, apparently, the ones who are the least worst or most caring amongst us?

Or are you trying to teach us a lesson?

If so, why is it so hard to learn?

And how are we to find the answer

when we do not even know the question?

Or are you still the same loving God,

coming to us in our sufferings

and opening up the way to new life in Jesus?

Lord, I will try to praise you.

Through gritted teeth,

I will try to praise you.

I will try to remember that you have created all things,

and this virus is part of your creation.

I will try not to hate it

but seek to mitigate its harm.

I will try to keep myself and others safe.

I will work to pray for them

and seek to help in whatever way I can.

Lord, when I cannot pray or worship

help me be aware of all your people

and your saints and angels

hovering around me,

lifting me up.

When I feel alone,

let me feel you near me,

even if only for a moment that enables me to go on.

Let me hear you say

“Peace be with you”.

Lord, I will praise you.

Let all the peoples praise you.

 

The Revd Kenneth Howcroft 

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Text prayers

God of all hope we call on you today.

We pray for those who are living in fear:

Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.

May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.


We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.

For those people who are worried about attending worship.

For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other

For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.

Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that

Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.

Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen

 

Loving God,

If we are ill, strengthen us.

If we are tired, fortify our spirits.

If we are anxious, help us to consider the lillies of the field and the birds of the air.

Help us not to stockpile treasures from supermarkets in the barns of our larders.

Don't let fear cause us to overlook the needs of others more vulnerable than ourselves.

Fix our eyes on your story and our hearts on your grace.


Help us always to hold fast to the good,

See the good in others,

And remember there is just one world, one hope,

One everlasting love, with baskets of bread for everyone.

In Jesus we make our prayer,

The one who suffered, died and was raised to new life,

In whom we trust these days and all days,

Amen.

The Revd Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference 

 


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An intercessory prayer

You call us to speak to you in prayer– even when the places we would usually go to are not available.

Help us to know you Spirit’s presence wherever we pray.

Today we especially pray for those who are living in fear – give them your strength.

For those who have not yet realised the urgency of the situation – protect them, and all of us from harm.

Today I especially want to pray for …….

In the name of Jesus.  Amen

 

“As we deal with the practicalities of protecting people from coronavirus we continue to remember Our Calling to care for the other whilst always being mindful that is that our call is always to respond to the good news in Jesus. We are a people of hope we need to declare and model good news in these difficult times.”

Revd Paul Wood, Interim Director of the Ministries Team

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“Our Calling is to respond in love and service to the needs of our communities. We are grateful to our sisters and brothers around the world who hold us in prayer as we hold them. We should not be afraid “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7.

Head of Mission, Jude Levermore

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A prayer in time of crisis

Lord God, creator, life of all we do:

friends, neighbours, family are our gift from you.

Now, in these days when we are kept apart,

may they be sure you hold them in your heart.

Lord, for the ill, and those approaching death:

give them your solace, through each laboured breath.

For those who serve with courage, skill and care

we ask your strength. You know the loads they bear.

Lord, in this time when much is set aside

show us the truths which busyness can hide.

Where wealth misguides us: Lord of life, forgive;

give grace to shape anew the way we live.

Lord, in adversity we learn again

there is no place where your love cannot reign!

Hear now our prayer, from fear our minds release;

grant both to us and to your world your peace.

Words © 2020 Tony Law. May be freely used in worship

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