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This week’s prayers are adapted from the Baptist Church in the UK and they focus on the Covid-19 situation and the NHS

As Covid-19 threatens to overwhelm our health service and continues to inflict pain and loss, we stand together with many others and renew our commitment to sustained prayer

You may like to join virtually with friends to pray, for example if you are a member of a house group or you may just wish to spend time in solitude praying for our nation at this time of crisis. 
 
Below are some pointers to help you as you pray which have been written by a senior A&E nurse in a large teaching hospital:

  1. Pray for all NHS staff, for their safety, energy and peace in dealing with each and every patient.
  2. Pray for those in hospital leadership, for wisdom and good decisions to give the best outcomes for patients.
  3. Pray for patients; for healing, for peace and ultimately to fight this disease and get home.
  4. Pray for patients relatives who feel helpless, stuck at home and unable to visit.
  5. Pray for all those who have lost loved ones to Covid-19, that they may be comforted.
  6. Pray that the vaccines will be able to be manufactured, delivered and given and that they will be effective against the latest strains of Covid-19. Pray that the conspiracy theories about the vaccines will be ignored.
  7. Pray for a reprieve and an end to Covid-19.

You may know people who are currently working in the NHS in your area, let them know you are praying for them and ask them how you can pray specifically.

You may be someone who is working in a healthcare setting. If you would like to share your story of what you are seeing and hearing in these days, please let us know but do not include any identifying details, for example names of patients or staff, but your stories will help us all to pray in the coming weeks.

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 glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.   Ephesians 3:20-21

The Baptist Church site also shared video of an interview with NHS nurse Lou Adams, sharing her story you can watch it here

It is easy to keep our heads down in winter days, especially in Covid winter days, but if we do, we can miss so much. It’s easy to switch the news off because, ‘we have heard it all before,’ but we haven’t; there will be nuggets to cheer us if we listen and watch, and information to ground us in the ‘here and now’. Look who I saw by looking around me on our daily walk at the weekend…and if they had had their heads down, I probably wouldn’t have seen them either.

The Psalmist said: I lift up my eyes to the hills -- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121

So, each day this week let us pray to the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

 

O Lord our God, for the sights and sounds around us we give you thanks and praise.

For reminders of your creation, its beauty and diversity, we give you thanks and praise.

For companionship and friendship, we give you thanks and praise.

For those that bring us news and views and help us to understand the world around us, we give you thanks and praise.

For the help and support, guidance and wisdom of those we meet and those who talk with us, we give you thanks and praise.

For surprises that we suddenly encounter in the midst of the mundane, we give you thanks and praise.

For unexpected pleasures, moments of laughter, feelings of joy, we give you thanks.

For those moments when shafts of sunlight break into the darkness and give new perspectives, we give you thanks and praise.

Help us to lift our eyes even on dark days and as we lift our eyes may we encourage others to do the same.

O Lord our God, we lift our eyes to the hills and seek your help and offer you our thanks and praise. 

Amen

 

Written by Rev Elaine Halls, a Methodist Minister in Llanelli, South Wales. Originally posted @ Yr Eglwys heb furiau/ The Church without walls https://www.facebook.com/EglwysHebFuriau
It is used with her permission


God for All
 

God for All launched in September with a focused Year of Prayer that will offer 
the Church’s work to God.

More details here

Weekly Online Prayer Meeting - Tuesdays at 12.45pm

Join others across the Methodist Church to pray together every Tuesday 
(starting 1st
 September) from 12.45 to 1.00pm on Zoom or Facebook. 

Google - Methodist Church Year of Prayer - to get signing in details to taking part.



During the continuing Covid-19 Crisis

The 24/7 Prayer movement has a new prayer initiative, UNITE:714 which calls on 
Christians globally to pray at 7.14am and 7.14pm each day throughout the Covid-19 crisis. 
UNITE:714 
takes its name from the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14 

You can download the weekly UNITE:714 prayers here 


S Chad Church Prayer Chain



Prayer Chain requests please contact Jean Joynt, Lynne Radcliffe or Margaret Crook

By contacting one of them you will be ensuring your prayer request is passed along the chain. If you would like to join the chain to pray for others, please speak to us and we will be pleased to include you. 

This is a quiet ministry and we do see God answer our prayers.


You can email your prayers 
here


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