A Prayer in the Midst of a Crisis

Submitted by Michael Stalley on 3 June, 2020

God of searching and knowing,

your people Israel faced famine and wilderness,

and your church has known persecution and hardship.

Be close to all your children in this time of bewilderment and fear.

Make this time of cessation and isolation

one in which your Spirit reveals new ways to be together,

fresh discoveries in worship, different gestures of care,

and innovative forms of compassion.

Encourage the vulnerable, comfort the impoverished,

inspire the anxious and give wisdom to those who govern.

Lift up our hearts that we may see

the abundance of what is still beautiful and true,

not be captivated by what is lost and absent,

and find new gifts in ourselves and one another.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,

who knew what it meant to be alone. Amen

[Sam Wells; St Martins in the Fields]

Prayer For May Covet 19

Submitted by Michael Stalley on 15 May, 2020

Ever present God,

be with us in our isolation,

be close to us in our distancing,

be healing in our sickness,

be light in our darkness,

be wisdom in our confusion,

be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar, that when the doors reopen

we may, with the zeal of Pentecost

inhabit our communities

and speak of your goodness

to an emerging world.

For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

(source unknown)

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