Tuesday Nights 7:00pm
Here's some updated prayer points from Pastor Scott Jones for our collective time of prayer, separated by distance, but bound together in Christ:
Almighty God, as we gather together in prayer this evening, may our prayers bind us together as we our bound with you. Hear our prayers for our families, our neighbors, our nation and the world, that the healing power of your gracious love might bring health, hope, peace and love throughout your creation.
We pray for medical facilities and providers:
Hospitals, nursing homes, group homes and other health care facilities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The World Health Organization
Medical researchers and scientists
And all of those who are putting themselves at risk in order to care for others, to search for a vaccine and to educate our leaders and each of us on how best to respond to this unprecedented pandemic.
We pray for schools:
Calm children whose schedules and routines have been disrupted, and bring peace to those who are fearful from all they hear and see around them.
Bring patience to parents and caregivers during this time of school closure.
Guide our school administrators as they continue to make decisions and provide resources that impact our children, their teachers, school staff and their families.
We pray for Ascension Christian Preschool and all other daycare centers that have decided to stay open to support the parents whose work is considered essential. Keep all of the children and their care providers safe and virus free. Give us all the wisdom to make decisions that are in the best interest of the most vulnerable among us. Let us be grounded in love, not fear, as we care for those entrusted to us.
We pray for workplaces and employees:
Workers who are anxious about the safety of their workplaces; especially those whose job it is to interact with the public in hospitals, grocery stores and restaurants. We pray that all people would respect and honor the spirit of social distancing and that our careful interactions would not lead to a continued spread of COVID-19.
For business owners and managers who are making decisions about what work is deemed essential and which employees will be permitted to work.
For hope even amidst the financial uncertainty that the shelter in place status has created for so many of us. Let those who have be generous to those without.
For our leaders, our government institutions and our municipal agencies:
Give our local, state and national leaders the strength and stamina to continue to make decisions that are for the good of all. Let all partisanship fade during this time of uncertainty and insecurity.
We pray for people who are unable to gather:
For worshiping communities that are gathering remotely, may they experience community, and a sense of connection amidst the separation.
For those who are unable to be supported through 12-step meetings and other support groups that are unable to meet. May these life-lines be established in other ways to ensure the health and well-being of all people, with potentially spreading the virus.
For all who are traveling:
Those who are unable to get home and/or find themselves quarantined at a place other than their home.
For those who are making decisions about planned trips, bring wisdom and a sense of peace in about trips that they are unable to enjoy.
Protect those whose work requires them to travel and to interact with others; for truck drivers, delivery drivers, and those who provide transportation in any from. May their interactions not lead to infection.
For all who are grieving:
May this time of isolation provide a space for fond recollection, not loneliness.
Bless the phone conversations, the video chats, the texts and even the cards that are shared among us. May they be a sign of the love that we have for one another, which we first received from God.
Bring peace to those who are lamenting our inability to participate and celebrate Holy Week and Easter. We acknowledge that our traditional worship practices are intended to draw us closer to you and one another as we together remember what you have done in love for us. May our loss be overshadowed by what we have gained through the resurrection. And keep us safe until we can gather again in your name to celebrate your victory over death.
We pray for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, those who are awaiting the results of testing, for those who are quarantined as a precaution and all of those who are living in fear of the virus. May the days ahead and our sheltering in place serve to reduce the spread and flatten the curve so that we might put these days behind us. We pray in expectation that our prayers will be received through the powerful name of the one who gave his life for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
A prayer that can be prayed throughout the pandemic:
God, our peace and our strength, we pray for our nation and the world as we face ongoing uncertainty around the coronavirus. Protect the most vulnerable among us, especially all who are currently sick or in isolation. Grant wisdom, patience, and clarity to health care workers, especially as their work caring for others puts them at great risk. Guide us as we consider how best to prepare and respond in our families, congregations, workplaces, and communities. Give us courage to face these days not with fear but with compassion, concern, and acts of service, trusting that you abide with us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.