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In this unprecedented and anxious time, we must remember and take great comfort from knowing that God loves us all.
As we travel through this crisis of the coronavirus pandemic, God will be travelling alongside us, with his loving and supportive arms around us.
We must remember also the power of prayer. This has been demonstrated to us by generation after generation who in times of crisis, crises even greater than this we are currently living through, faced it and found solace, hope and answers through prayer. It is our opportunity to lift up to God our prayers for others across the whole world, and to lift up our own concerns, anxieties and needs. God will hear our prayers and knows how to respond to them.
Here are some prayers you might find helpful when you pray about the coronavirus
Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus. You are powerful and merciful; let this be our prayer.
Jesus Lord of Peace, we remember those living in coronavirus hotspots and those currently in isolation. May they know your presence in their isolation, your peace in their turmoil and your patience in their waiting. Prince of Peace, you are powerful and merciful; let this be their prayer.
Did you know that saying the Lord’s prayer takes about the same time as singing happy birthday through twice. So why not say the prayer Jesus taught us, the Lord’s prayer every time you wash your hands?
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed by thy name,
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven,
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever, Amen.
Lastly, some words from the Bible which are relevant to our times
“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Psalm 57:1)
“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” (2 Corinthians 1:10)
SAFEGUARDING: St Mary's Church takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times. If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns, you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Rev'd Pene Kennedy on 01305 251422 or 07952913374, or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, on 07500 664800 or email email@example.com
To view Safeguarding Policy click here SAFEGUARDING - POLICY - July 2018 - Promoting a Safer Church -Jun 2017.pdf