Sunday 29th March 2020
Lead by Clive Jennings
Lord, we thank you for the opportunity to join together in worship this morning.
Thank you for those who have joined us from around the country and across your world this day.
May this gathering as we come together bring us fresh hope in what it means to be one, to be your church, and to be your people.
And Father as we look out into our wider world and community, we pray for those that are serving others this day:
For front line NHS staff, emergency services, Doctors, healthcare workers.
For those in our residential homes and in Government.
For those in our food banks.
For those in the food industry and supply chains that are working tirelessly to see we are all fed and supplied.
Father we pray for those charities and individuals who have reached out this week to friends, neighbours and the wider community.
For those across this world and we thank you Father for those who have reached out to us.
And as the reality of being at home kicks in for many, help us Lord to be thankful. Help us to be kind and patient with those around us. No matter what our frustrations no matter how high our anxiety.
And today Lord we pray for the homeless, as we sit in our homes today, maybe be alone or surrounded with those we love we pray for those who have nowhere to self isolate.
Be with those amazing agencies and workers that are seeking beds, looking for beds for those who have no bed of their own. Lord help them we pray.
Holy God. Being alone is hard. We were created for community, not for confinement.
We pray especially this day for those that we are separated from loved through illness or sickness, those who are newly diagnosed that we would love to be close to at this time and throw our arms around them, Lord would you be there and do that for us we pray.
Would you bring comfort would you bring peace. That no matter how alone we may feel we know that that you are near and never leave us or forsake us. Come in the power of your spirit and comforter of all.
Lord we’re grateful for technology, however challenging that may be, the technology that helps us stay in touch with each other.
And Lord, please remind us that this time of social distancing and isolation will not last forever.
That we have hope Lord, and that there is an end to this. Give us the strength to endure this difficult season.
Deepen our connection with You and each other we pray.
Empower us with an extra measure of Your love, peace, hope and joy, because we need it.
You are the giver of all and the supplier of grace.
Holy Spirit come close.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen