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Opening prayer

Lord, we thank you that we can turn to you in all the circumstances of our lives. Today, we pause to remember those loved ones, family and friends, who have been impacted by the virus – this includes people who have died, those who are recovering with health problems and those who have lost income and jobs.

We also pray for those faithful men and women who are working on the frontlines – who put their lives in danger each day to care for us and yet also face the same fears and anxieties we have at this time. Grant them your strength and peace.

We also pray for our leaders who seek to lead us through these turbulent waters. We pray especially for our church leaders who seek to keep us safe, but also help us to keep our eyes fixed on you Lord Jesus.

These days are hard, but we thank you that your heart is open to us and your ears are tuned into our cries. Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer. Amen.

Reading: Jeremiah 31:15-16

15 This is what the Lord says:

“A voice is heard in Ramah,
    mourning and great weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children
    and refusing to be comforted,
    because they are no more.”

16 This is what the Lord says:

“Restrain your voice from weeping
    and your eyes from tears,
for your work will be rewarded,”
declares the Lord.
    “They will return from the land of the enemy.

Prayer focus

  • Pray for your family and friends.
  • Pray for Health workers.
  • Pray for those facing unemployment.