Prayers in a Pandemic — Karen Jazowski, USA

Prayers of Intercession in a time of fear

It is so good to trust in God. This world is scary and I remind myself over and over again that we can trust in God to never leave us, to be with us no matter what. We come to this community prayer, trusting that God hears our prayers and acts upon them. It is an amazing time of prayer when we lift our prayers to God and lift them into the company of our spiritual family knowing that each person is lifting these prayers with us. Will you pray with me?

Gracious God who names each of us beloved, we come to you today with gratitude, joy, and sorrow. Most of us come with anxiety of the unknown and about what is going on in this world.

We lift the first responders, in so many places overwhelmed by the lives they are trying to save from Covid.

We lift up medical workers, educators, preachers, grocery store personal, last responders, mail carriers, delivery personal and any other of your people working in this time of uncertainty.

We pray for those who are sick and for those who love them.

We pray for those who are grieving without a chance to say ‘goodbye’. We know that you are with them, but we pray that you let each of those people know you are with them and sustaining them. Give them comfort and peace in this world that is full of uncertainty, terror and lies. We know that you are greater than that.

We ask that the people of the world, no matter what they call you, turn to you and pray for wisdom, strength and perseverance to work together for peace and justice.

We are grateful we come knowing you hear our prayers and act upon them. Please now hear the prayers of your people.

People may be invited to lift aloud their prayer joys and concerns.
After each prayer is lifted, I will say “Holy God” and all will respond “We lift this prayer”.

After everyone who would like to has shared their prayer:
God of the winds, the waves and the storms of our lives, we know you hear our prayers. Holy One, ignite in us a passion to live anew in the mystery that is your divine presence, that the lives we live may be beacons of hope for all we meet.
In all your many names, Amen.

Karen often leads prayers at Loveland United Church of Christ, Colorado USA.