2020 Pandemic prayer

Patient dawn — Sam Goodman

The next time it gets light I will awake with hope And tonight as it gets dark I will not fear The next time it grows light I will welcome the dawn The next time morning comes I’ll be reborn The next time it grows dark I will not hide away The darkness does not […]

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Prayer for Lent — Elizabeth Gray-King, UK

Dear and glorious God, we cry to you. At the moment, love seems both deeply hidden and alive like never before. Selfishness is alarmingly exposed, numbing us to the fear which feeds it. Selflessness is gloriously and exhaustingly alive, restoring our faith in you and in humanity. In this Lenten time, stir in us, waking […]

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Never let go — Sam Goodman, UK

Inspired by words of Julian of Norwich: ‘All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well for there is a force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and we never let us go.’ Never let go Though it’s hard to hold on This love will hold you And […]

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Psalm for the 100,000 — Zach Ford, UK

‘We (the United Kingdom) passed 100,000 deaths from Covid. I had to write this or my heart would have broken.’ — Zachary We are gone to rags and tatters, So many broken threads, The warp and weft of life gone all awry. This earthquake reaching out, From life to life, Lethal shock passing like static, […]

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Global Pandemic Prayers — World Council of Churches

Prayers ‘In view of the coronavirus pandemic‘ have been shared by the World Council of Churches, which writes: ‘At this time when we have to keep physically distant from one another, it is more important than ever that we draw close to one another spiritually, praying together.’ The selection on the slider at the top […]

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Psalm for Christmas 2020 — Zach Ford, UK

Making use of John 1:5 I am cast adrift, O God, I am cut off from your face. A thick darkness surrounds me, I am enmeshed in a mist of confusion. And it seems all creation must mourn, Must mourn and lament, must weep, For we are alone and apart, The light has gone out […]

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Facemask prayer — Richard Bolt, Canada

Creator God, As I prepare to go into the world, help me to see the sacramental nature of wearing this cloth. Let it be a tangible and visible way of living love for my neighbours, as I love myself. Since my lips will be covered, uncover my heart, that people would see my smile in […]

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Affirmation — Stephen Best, UK

The world is full of good things As well as things which could be better We are full of good things As well as things which could be better Today , whether we feel full of good things Or full of things which could be better God’s open arms Sweep us up again in a […]

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During this season of pandemic — Ana Gobledale, UK

Global God Your embrace circles the globe Pulsating wholeness, hope and justice into every heart. During this season of pandemic As Covid-19 sweeps across the lands We cry out to you, Not just for ourselves but for your beloved family, For our sisters and brothers in Africa Where church choirs are silent, mosques empty, crowded […]

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From a tiny mustard seed, Zoom prayer — Philip Brooks

Loving God, we thank you for your ongoing love for us. As wheat ripens in the sun and the tiny mustard seed develops into the largest of trees we want to grow in your love. May we be encouraging and supportive to all we encounter and not stifling like the weeds of our parable. We […]

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Prayer of confession, Matthew 11 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Living One, we are your disciples – your hands and feet in the world today. In this time when we are staying away from one another, we sometimes feel extremely burdened, as if under a great weight. Truthfully, we have frequently been tempted to turn to fear and doubt, not trusting in your presence. We […]

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Pastoral Prayer, Matthew 11 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Matthew 11:16-30 5th Sunday of Pentecost, Year A Almighty, creator God, we have gathered to praise you, giving thanks that you have given us life and breath, that you do daily attend us with goodness and mercy.* May this time together in worship strengthen us that we might transcend our current state of social isolation […]

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Sent to Heal, Matthew 10.1 — Steve Garnaas-Holmes

We are not given a mandate to judge or an obligation to convert. We are not required to argue religion. We are given power to heal. We need not muster up the strength. We are given authority. Christ is in us to heal. May I be a healer today; may I set free those who […]

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Psalm: Lines in the sand — Brant Rosen

In my weaker moments I imagine that you sent this plague as punishment for our iniquity, but deep down in my heart I know that’s not your way. In fleeting moments of clarity, I picture you gazing out at us and ruefully asking out loud: Don’t you know that I really don’t need to inflict […]

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Coronavirus Prayer — Kildare & Leighline Diocese, Ireland

from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, Ireland Loving and healing God, we, turn to you in prayer, Confident that you are with us and with all people in every moment. We stand before you as people of hope, trusting in your care and protection. May your faithful love support us and soothe […]

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Coronavirus Prayer — USA

Loving God, your desire is for our wholeness and well being. We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time. We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened. We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future. We pray: may love, not fear, go viral. […]

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Prayer for peace during COVID-19 — Megan Sheehan, USA

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) affects our world, we continue to pray. We invite you into our hearts — hearts that have so much on them right now. Amidst our fear, disappointment, confusion, uncertainty, grief, anger, frustration and more… We invite you in. We know you are bigger. May we be given a peace and understanding […]

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Prayer for a Pandemic — Cameron Wiggins Bell, USA

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury to work from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who have the flexibility to care […]

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COVID-19 Prayer – Steve Francis, Australia

Gracious and loving God, the Psalmist reminds us that, ‘You are our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble’. God, we feel deeply that our world is in trouble with the spread of the coronavirus. There is a heightened sense of fear and anxiety about the future. We ask that we may calmly and […]

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In this time, a prayer — Richard Bott, Canada

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 & 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 […]

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Sacred time — Annie Heppenstall, UK

Let this be a sacred time, O God, in which I let what has begun, gradually grow, finding within me the patience and trust that allows me to tend my concerns with wisdom. This prayer by Annie Heppenstall was distributed at Gloucester Cathedral during the ‘Museum of the Moon’ exhibition in October 2019.

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Hopeful isolation — Ana Gobledale, UK

Isolated Broken Spreading Infecting Darkness descends How did it come to this? God groans The world whimpers. We cower Fearfully crying out, ‘Now what?’ What about our old age? What about our grandchildren? Be not afraid. Follow the light. Follow peace. Where? Into the brokenness. Into this new reality. Fear not. Into the unimaginable. Cling […]

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Prayer for uncertain times — Moderators, United Reformed Church, UK

As so much is re-shaped by Coronavirus Covid-19, let us pray together for: people left unwell, beckoned by death or bereaved; people providing professional health care and advice, looking after loved ones at home or working to create treatments and cures; people shaping the response of nations and neighbourhoods, of commerce and industry, of service […]

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Pandemic — Lynn Ungar, USA

What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And when […]

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The bare essentials, a prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

May our prayers today be for hope, patience, thoughtfulness and neighbourliness, for the homeless and those without means to stay clean, for everyone working to keep us fed and healthy, for members of Twelve Step Groups–such as Alcoholics Anonymous– who are finding new ways to hold their essential meetings. Photo by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson

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Prayer in anxious times — Cornelius Plantinga, USA

Gracious God, Champion of the Universe, we so often fluff ourselves up. Aren’t we the only creatures who compose masterpieces of music and art? Don’t we govern ourselves, enrich ourselves, promote ourselves? Can’t we dunk basketballs, bat baseballs, spike volleyballs? Aren’t some of us masters of comic irony? Other creatures don’t practice rocket science. We […]

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Prayer — Farai Chirisa, Zimbabwe

God, we give you thanks for sending Jesus to give us life. In the midst of wealth we are crushed by poverty, and while we are offered Christ-life in all its fullness, we are surrounded by disease, death and destruction. We are tempted to despair, and yet keep hoping, knowing that you care. At times we […]

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