Prayer from someone who is ill or isolated
O God, 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. Amen.
Prayer for tha anxious and isolated:
God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consulation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, bur reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer 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.
Prayer for the Chrisian Community:
We are not people of fear: we are people of courage. We are not people who protect our own safety: we are people who protect our neighbour's safety. We are not people of greed: we 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.
Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference
Prayer for those who are ill
Merciful God, 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. Amen.
Prayer for medical staff and medical researchers:
Gracious God, 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. Amen.
Prayer for the isolated:
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. Amen.
Lighting a Candle and joining together in Prayer:
Here is a suggestion. Take one hand and look at:
Your thumb - pray for your church community and family
Your first finger - pray for the NHS and those medical researchers looking for a vaccine
Your second finger - pray for the Government and all those making tough decisions
Your third finger - pray for those in care homes and working with the most vulnerable in our communities
Your little finger - pray for individuals known to yourself
Take the other hand and read out loud: 'As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe youselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience' (Colossians 3:12) and let your thumb and each finger represent one of these 'clothes'we are to put on:
Thumb - Compassion
First finger - Kindness
Second finger - Humility
Third finger - Meekness
Little finger - Patience
Put your hand together, and let the 'clothing' of one hand touch the people and places in the other, and see what God does.