The weekend of 28th and 29th March had been designated as a specific weekend of prayer for the needs of the world, the people of the United Kingdom and the future of Christ's church. This has been necessarily postponed. Instead a list of suggested topics for prayer have been drawn up for use over Holy Week. It can be found below:
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|Monday||Families with young, energetic children||Council workers||The Police||Australia|
|Tuesday||Those involved in food production and distribution||Nursing homes||Workers in essential shops||Germany|
|Wednesday||Folk on the internet keeping families entertained||School children||People stranded abroad, away from their family||India|
|Thursday||Those who run, support and have to use foodbanks||Politicians||People being cared for in hospital||France|
|Friday||The National Health Service||The homeless||Those mourning loved ones||Spain|
|Saturday||Isolated groups in quarantine or being 'shielded'||Teachers||Those form whom the current lockdown is badly affecting their mental health||Italy|
|Sunday||The World Church, her leaders, all of our fellow Christians and thanksgiving for Easter joy and hope||United States|
A Prayer being used at St Paul's during this pandemic emergency:
As children of a loving God who always listens to our cries,
let us pray together to our Father in heaven.
In this time of COVID-19, we pray:
When we aren't sure, God,
help us be calm;
when information comes
from all sides, correct and not,
help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe,
and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,
slow us down, God;
help us to reach out with our hearts,
when we can't touch with our hands;
help us to be socially connected,
when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can,
knowing that "perfect love casts out all fear."
For doctors, we pray,
for nurses, we pray,
for porters and cleaners, aides and all caregivers, we pray,
for researchers and theorists,
epidemiologists and investigators, we pray,
for those who are sick, and those who are grieving, we pray,
for all who are affected, our neighbours,
locally, nationally and across the globe, we pray,
for safety, for health, for wholeness.
May we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty,
clothe the naked and house those without homes;
may we walk with those who feel they are alone,
and may we do all that we can to heal the sick—
in spite of the pandemic, in spite of the fear.
Help us, O God, that we might help each other.
In the love of the Creator, in the name of the Healer,
in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all,
May it be so.
The Right Reverend Richard Bott, Anglican Church of Canada
A Prayer for St Paul’s
Holy, heavenly Trinity,
three in one and one in three, we long to glimpse your perfect Majesty.
thank you for St Paul’s Church
as place, sanctuary, tranquillity, a haven of peace in the relentlessness of daily life.
thank you for St Paul’s Church
as people, family,
companions on the Way, disciples called to tell your stories, to bear each other’s joys and sorrows, and to share your precious Gospel gift.
Devoted God, refreshing Spirit, thank you for St Paul’s Church
steward of your love,
channel of your grace,
herald of your coming Kingdom.
In our prayers, help us to listen for your constant whisper of encouragement.
Inspire our decisions,
sharpen our vision
and lead us out as messengers and healers
into your wounded yet wonderful world.
© Vestry of St Paul’s, Kinross