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While we cannot meet together, we can still all worship our loving heavenly father and pray to him day by day and week by week.  

Start by recognising who it is we are coming to in prayer and worship.  God is our Creator. In Jesus, he is our Saviour.  Through the Holy Spirit he is our helper and encourager.  Whatever our personal circumstances today, we can thank God for who he is, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We pray for all our brothers and sisters across the world who are affected by COVID-19.  We pray that all may know God's steadfast love.

We pray for those in our community who are feeling fearful or vulnerable at the moment.  May God's love bring them peace.

We pray for the practical needs of the elderly and all who are self-isolating.  And we give thanks for all who are providing practical help to friends and neighbours.

We pray for all medical staff that they will be sustained physically, emotionally and spiritually.  May God give them strength and keep them safe.

We pray for wisdom and strength for all politicians and world leaders.  May their decisions be guided by God.

We pray for all those involved in the media: radio, television, newspapers, internet and social media.  May they present news in a way which is truthful and helpful.  And may they spread some peace, joy and calm in these troubled times.

We pray for our own families, neighbours, friends and acquaintances.  We trust them and ourselves into God's loving care.

Most of all, we continue to thank God for his saving grace through the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The words of John Newton's famous hymn seem most appropriate:

Amazing grace - how sweet the sound -

that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found,

was blind but now I see.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,

I have already come;

'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,

and grace will lead me home.

May the Lord bless you, and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine on you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his face toward you, and give you peace.

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