The spread of the coronavirus has dominated the news and conversations of people throughout the world.
Our response as a church community includes not only preparation and precautions when we gather and assistance to those who might contract the virus, but also includes intercessory prayer.
The Pastoral Care committee offers four prayers published by the Diocese of Exeter in the U.K. for those of you who wish to join your individual prayers with the collective voices of other Christians worldwide.
The prayers include a main prayer for everyone affected by the outbreak; a prayer for those who are ill; a prayer for those in isolation; and a prayer for those providing medical care and research.
Main Prayer for Coronavirus Outbreak
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy,
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For Those Who Are Ill
we entrust to your unfailing and
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger
threatens your everlasting arms are
there to hold us safe.
Rest your healing hand upon them, and restore them to health and strength;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For Those in Isolation
God of compassion
be close to those who are ill,
afraid or in isolation.
in their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope:
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone
on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
For Medical Staff and Researchers
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those researching
for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be
restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.