Some thoughts for prayer

 

Last week we prayed for healing for those in need at this time. This week, as restrictions are eased, we give thanks that those who have been on their own, or shielding for four months, can be reunited with loved ones and friends. Some of us can also return to worship together now as God’s people in one place. We remember however that for some folks, return to church is still a way off, but we know God is where His people are, even if worshiping at home. 

While the virus is still with us, the way forward is still tentative, so we continue to pray.....

 

Father God, we thank you that restrictions have eased. We give thanks and praise that once again we can meet and come before you to worship you.  We pray for the day when all, from the youngest to the eldest can gather together again in worship.  We remember those who are still in lockdown, those who continue to live in isolation and those who are still suffering due to the pandemic. We pray for all who are alone.  Lord Jesus you know what it is like to be alone.  You know how long a night can be.  You know what it is to feel deserted.  We thank you that in your humanity you entered our pain.  You understand our suffering and loneliness.  Holy Spirit our comforter be ever near.  We thank you that you are our helper, our guide and our friend. 

Amen 

 

As we return to church this will be our last weekly prayer message, but we will continue to share the monthly prayer focus online.

We close with a blessing we shared near the start of lockdown. 

 

Around you entwine the Trinity 

Weaving God’s love and peace to thee 

The rainbow’s colours his promise true 

The light of his love makes all things new

Around you entwine the Trinity 

Weaving God’s love and peace to thee

In their encircling may you be blessed 

In their enfolding find peace and rest

Around you entwine the Trinity 

Weaving God’s love and peace to thee. 

 

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace 

as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope 

by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen