It is easy at times like this to feel overwhelmed and that we can do nothing. The need seems so great and our ability to act and influence change so small. But there is always something we can do. We can pray. Here are some links which may be of interest with regard to prayer:
Nicola Bown and Kathy Bishop have been enjoying these talks about great Christian thinkers, and recommend them to others.
'Daily Prayer from St Mary’s Linton’
Each weekday morning starting 8 June, Maggie Guite is making an episode of a podcast with this name, as she says Morning Prayer in church. She aims to have it available on Spotify, Google Play, and other podcast platforms by 10 am, and also pasted on the St Mary’s Facebook Page as well as on her own. She will be using our Parish Prayer Board in the intercessions and daily suggestions for prayer from USPG, as well as including other prayers and intercessions at the end of the service.
Each service lasts 20-25 minutes. Although it may come too late for some people who would like to share Morning Prayer first thing in the morning, others may be able to follow it later in the day, or even choose to use the previous day’s service first thing the next day.
There is also a reading of Compline (Night Prayer) by Maggie and Malcolm available on the ‘Daily Prayer from St Mary’s’ podcast, which can be used on any day in the evening.
You may also like to listen to a brief ‘Introduction to the Daily Offices’, to help you get the most from this form of prayer.
if you hear the occasional ‘noises off’ during the services, it’s because Maggie’s dogs accompany her to church. Apologies!
For further information: Church of England resources, for a prayer for the day, and to join in Morning, Evening and Night Prayer.
For those without internet access, you may like to suggest Daily HOPE. Available Free 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.
The Archbishop of Canterbury introduces options, including Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service. Hymn Line also offers a small selection of hymns. ‘Hymns We Love’ provides a hymn and reflection to provide inspiration and comfort.
Hospital chaplaincy request cards
If you or your next-of-kin is taken into hospital, there are cards which can be taken into hospital with the patient, requesting a visit from a Christian chaplain.
In the present Covid 19 situation this may be particularly comforting, as often relatives cannot see the patient once they have been admitted, but they are relevant at other times, too.
Cards to download available here and on Diocesan website Prayer & Liturgy page.
Addenbrookes and Papworth (Cambridge University Hospitals) Chaplaincy
Prayers from Christian Aid
Prayers in a time of coronavirus
Love never fails
Even in the darkest moments, love gives hope.
Love compels us to fight against coronavirus alongside our sisters and brothers living in poverty.
Love compels us to stand together in prayer with our neighbours near and far.
Love compels us to give and act as one.
Now, it is clear that our futures are bound together more tightly than ever before.
As we pray in our individual homes – around the nation and around the world – we are united as one family.
So, let us pause and find a moment of peace, as we lift up our hearts together in prayer.
Prayers of thanksgiving and intercession
For the health workers tending the seriously ill
for the scientists working on a vaccination
for the researchers analysing data and identifying trends
for the media outlets working to communicate reality
for the supermarket workers, hygiene and sanitation providers
for the good news stories of recoveries and effective planning
for the singing from balconies by locked-down communities
for the recognition that isolation doesn’t need to mean loneliness
for the notes through letterboxes offering help and support
for the internet and telephones and technology that connects
for the awakened appreciation of what is truly important
Thanks be to God.
For those who are unwell and concerned for loved ones
for those who were already very anxious
for those immune suppressed or compromised
for those vulnerable because of underlying conditions
for those in the ‘most at risk to coronavirus’ categories
for those watching their entire income stream dry up
for those who have no choice but to go out to work
for those who are afraid to be at home
for those who are more lonely than they've ever been
for those who are bereaved and grieving.
God be their healer, comfort and protection,
be their strength, shield and provision
be their security, safety and close companion.
And raise up your Church
to be your well-washed hands and faithful feet
to be present to the pain
to respond with love in action
if even from a safe distance.
God, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.