PRAYER FOR OUR STAFF TEAM AND FOR LOCAL NEEDS
Our staff team of Tom Benson (Team Recor) and Laura McAdam (Curate) based at Buckfastleigh and Gina Radford (Team Vicar) based at South Brent are heavily involved in such areas as pastoral care, foodbank and other provision for those in need, work with the Town Council and other bodies, and also putting services once or twice a week on the internet. They are under considerable pressure - please pray for God to give them all the resources of strength and wisdom that they need, and for protection against going down with the virus themselves.
Please pray too for our local communities in and around Buckfastleigh and South Brent, with all the neighbouring communities - for all who live and work here; remembering particularly those who are vulnerable, or distressed by the present emergency. And pray for all the members of our churches, especially while we can no longer meet together.
Public worship may have stopped, but the work of our churches continues, even if in rather different form to normal.
SOME SUGGESTED PRAYERS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS
Prayers about the 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 your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
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 those who are ill
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For hospital staff and medical researchers
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
From one who is ill or isolated
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the Christian community
Lord help us, so that
we are not people of fear,
but are people of courage;
we are not people who protect our own safety,
but are people who protect our neighbours’ safety;
we are not people of greed,
but are people of generosity.
We are your people, God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.