Thank you that you are indeed our loving Father who loves each one of us with an unfailing love. “May we have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”. We have so much to thank you for and not least for the technology that allows us to meet together where-ever we are as the body of Christ. Thank you for the many churches which are streaming services through the internet allowing the gospel message to reach people in their own homes—people who would never have thought of entering a church building. By your Spirit let many be drawn to you and captivated by your love.
We pray for people throughout the world who are affected by coronavirus. “Father of compassion and God of all comfort”, comfort the bereaved and heal the sick. Thank you for the medical teams and carers who work tirelessly for their relief. We pray, too, for those affected in other ways by the changes brought about by the virus—the lonely and isolated and those suffering mentally. Thank you that communities have come together at this time with neighbours reaching out to neighbours to help those in need.
We pray for children everywhere and especially our Church family children who will soon be returning to school after a long period of lockdown. Help them to adjust to school life again and may they know your presence with them where-ever they are.
We bring before you our own families many of whom we haven’t seen for many months. And we especially pray for our young people in different parts of the country whether in education or embarking on new careers. Keep them very close to you and protect them.
Over the years, and more recently, we have welcomed new members to our family who have contributed greatly to our Church life. But we have also been sad to say “ goodbye” to others and most recently to Alan, Victoria and the boys. We pray that you would be especially close to them as they settle into their new home. And now Susan and the boys are about to move to Edinburgh. They have greatly enriched our lives with their musical gifts which they have willingly shared and in so many other ways. And now we ask you, Lord, to be very close to them in this new chapter of their lives. Please lead them in the way you have planned for them and bless and protect them all every step of the way.
We’ve been hearing recently about people shielding against the virus but help us each day to “take up the shield of faith with which to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one and so be enabled to stand firm” Help us indeed to stand firm in these uncertain times.
We pray for your Church throughout the world. Protect all the Churches and charities bringing relief to war-torn countries and food for the areas of famine. We especially pray for the persecuted Church and for those Christians living in secret and in fear. Give them courage and keep them safe in the power of your love.
Most of all we thank you for Jesus who died on the cross so that each one of us could be forgiven. “God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory.