God of Mary and Martha
how we are so like those sisters
wondering where you are in this mess
why, why is this happening?
It is hard, so very hard to see things to be thankful for
but we will try
for we know, we really know that we need to look to for goodness in these days
For the internet, an imperfect gift, but one we are so pleased to have
allowing us to worship, to stay connected
this would be so much harder without it
we recall before you those who keep the internet going
updating websites and servers
building and maintaining infrastructure
for cleaners, wherever they may be. When this is over, may we never take them for granted again
for all who work for the NHS, who we know are scared and anxious
give then strength and courage. Assist them to pace themselves. And know they are in the prayers of all with faith throughout this land.
For leaders, in every capacity. May we forgive their mistakes and support them as we can, as they deal with the enormity of all this awful situation brings.
we thank you that you ever long to draw us more into your presence
to know your love and care
to know the peace you along can bring
we thank you this is offered to us
we also ask those we will pray for over the course of this week will know your presence and guidance
and, in a few moments of quiet, we bring before you the people, places and situations which particularly lie heavy on our hearts this day
All these prayers, spoke and unspoken are offered in and through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and always