Prayers 

A prayer for the Second Lockdown – written by the Dean, Andrew Nunn
 
Lord Jesus,
who entered the locked room
and made yourself known to your friends;
be with us in this lockdown
that we may be aware of your presence
and know your blessing upon us.
Amen.
 
A prayer for the evening, taken from Celtic Praise by Pat Robson

Eternal God,
you have lowered
the canopy of night,
and its gentle shadows
cover us with your peace.
May the dews of heaven
heal our wounds
and wash the tears from our eyes.
And may the burning light of Christ
banish forever
the darkness of our souls,
that we may be at peace.  Amen

Keep us, good Lord, 
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus or Lord.
Amen. 

Father, we pray for our key workers who are keeping the country running at this time, and selflessly giving of themselves.
Those who are on the front line, and those working steadily in the background at jobs which are essential but may not be seen.
We ask for their protection, mentally, physically and spiritually.
May they rejoice in the skills you have given them, and know guidance and support in times of pain, tiredness, and frustration.
We pray for those who have to make difficult decisions which may go against their natural inclinations, and ask that you will give them peace in their heart and minds.
Bless each one of them, that they may be a blessing to others.
Amen.

Father, we pray for continued health and healing.
We lift up to you those who are currently poorly, those who are recovering, and those who are nearing death.
We pray for those who are unable to be with those who are ill.
We pray for those who have been bereaved.
We pray for those who are not able to say 'goodbye'.
We pray for those who have died.
We pray for those who are unable to attend the funerals of loved ones.
Give us sensitivity and the right words to draw alongside those who need these prayers at this time we pray. In the name of Christ.
Amen.

Father, we pray for those who are feeling isolated and alone, and ask that they will reach out to offer support to others, and in doing so, find the support that they need.
We thank you that we have so many means of communication, and many ways in which we can keep our minds active and healthy.
We pray for those who are finding it difficult in living in close confinement day in and out, and ask that you will help bless their relationships and help them to find new ways of being together, that they may find new joys in their households.
We thank you that we do have homes in which we find protection and sanctuary, and for the facilities we all enjoy.
We pray for those who are finding it difficult financially during this time and give you thanks that facilities such as foodbanks are in place.
Help us to be generous in our giving, and prompt those who despair to reach out and ask for help.
Father, we ask our prayers in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who walked a lonely path of pain and sacrifice  to die for us.
May we find our peace, and the joy of new life, in and through him.
Amen.

Deborah Mathews, 08/04/2020