Presbytery Prayer Point
You are invited to pray with fellow Presbyters at
12 noon on Wednesday 8th April 2020
Lord, keep us 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.
Lord, during this most holy of weeks for the church we continue to be separated and isolated physically but we know that with you, we are never separated; indeed in times like these we become more closely entwined with you and our fellow believers in a spiritual sense that transcends all separations.
Lord God, today, we bring to mind children and young people everywhere. As we recall their enthusiasm and zeal for life, their innocence and natural enquiry, their ability to look at things with a realism and pragmatism that so often surprises and delights us, we visualise for a moment the rainbows that so many children have created and displayed in the front windows of their homes. The vibrancy of the colours remind us time and time again of the hope for the future, especially the future of these youngsters, growing up in a world so different from what we knew in the past. Lord we pray your protection on all young people today and in particular those with underlying health conditions who are relying on the rest of us observing social distancing and good hand hygiene. We bring to mind those unborn children and their excited expectant parents whose joy may now be tinged with a worry, for those new-born babies who now need extra protection so that their small bodies can cope with any additional threats and we remember those inquisitive toddlers who simply cannot understand why their world has changed so dramatically.
Lord we pray your protection for school-age youngsters whose education has been disrupted and who now may be placed at a disadvantage because of this. We pray that the sterling efforts of parents and family now engaging in home schooling and for the plethora of digital tutors will pay dividends in inspiring youngsters and ensuring that their full potential is realised. We pray that all youngsters are treated fairly by the exam system now running to a different process as this cruel virus denies youngsters the opportunity to excel at their education.
Lord we give thanks for teenagers despite the angst they often cause to parents and family! They deserve our prayers and encouragement as they strike out on a path to life which for now has been de-railed. We pray that all teenagers stay safe and healthy, so that in time and in hope, they can pick up the fragments and set out firmly and with confidence, on the path you have for them.
Lord, as we travel on the journey through Lent and into Holy Week, we are aware of the awfulness of the Friday and we cannot avoid this but we know too that in time Easter Sunday will dawn afresh and renew us in spirit and hope for the future. So, it is with our current situation, we know that the virus has more havoc to wreak, more families to learn of the loss of loved ones, the denial of the opportunity for people to meet socially and in worship but in time it will be defeated and life will return to normality and so with your blessing ringing in our ears, we look forward to that time but for now, we focus on the children’s rainbows and that expression of a hopeful future.
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.
We ask all this in the name of Jesus. Amen.