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Yesterday we thought of being under God’s wings, protected by God like chicks safe under a Mother hen. Today we think about how like Paul we may extend the help we receive from God to others
Scripture 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Thought for today
Paul opens this letter by praising the God who gives so much mercy and comfort to him and all believers. Do you get the feeling that Paul knows the mercy and comfort of God on a first-hand basis?
The words all comfort in this passage come from the ancient Greek word paraklesis.
The idea behind this word for comfort in the New Testament is always more than soothing sympathy. It has the idea of strengthening, of helping, of making strong.
The idea behind this word is communicated by the Latin word for comfort (fortis), which also means “brave.” We all need to be strong and brave during this present crisis and so we pray
Prayer for ouselves
God of all comfort we pray that you will comfort us in this present time , so that we may be able to comfort others, with the comfort with which we ourselves receive from you.
Prayer for God to strengthen, help and make strong those who are on the front line of caring and research.
God of all comfort, we pray for all medical professionals dealing daily with the intense pressures of this crisis. Grant them resilience in weariness, discernment in diagnosis, and compassion upon compassion as they care.
We thank you for the army of researchers working steadily and quietly towards a cure – give them clarity, serendipity and unexpected breakthrough today. May this be our prayer – … See MoreSee Less
Diweddariad Pwysig | Important Update
Mewn ymateb i’r achosion Covid-19, rydym yn dilyn canllawiau Llywodraeth y DU i leihau’r risg o ledaenu’r feirws.
Bydd Gadierlan nawr ar gau nes bydd rhybudd pellach mewn ymgais i gadw ein staff, gwirfoddolwyr ac aelodau o’r gymuned yn ddiogel wrth i’r sefyllfa barhau i ddatblygu. Mae ein staff yn gweithio o adra, a gallwch gysylltu â nhw trwy e-bost email@example.com neu ffonio 01248 354999.
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are following UK Government guidelines to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
The Cathedral will now be closed until further notice in an attempt to keep our staff, volunteers and members of the community safe as the situation continues to develop. Our staff are working remotely, and you can contact them via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01248 354999. … See MoreSee Less
Today, whilst placing ourselves in God’s love and care we will remember those beyond our own communities because it is not always healthy to only focus on ourselves.
The Psalms give us so much rich material to use, the verses today are prayers first for ourselves and then for the wider world
Scripture 1 Psalm 57:1
“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”
Scripture 2 Psalm 79:8
“May your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Saviour, for the glory of your name.”
Remember from the Gospel yesterday that Jesus raised Lazarus so God would be revealed and glorified. John 11:40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
Our prayer is for our leaders: the World Health Organisation, national governments, and local leaders too – heads of schools, hospitals and other institutions.
God of all Wisdom, we bring before you in our prayer today the people in public service at this strange and difficult time.
We ask you to grant them;
wisdom beyond their own wisdom to contain this virus,
faith beyond their own faith to fight this fear,
and strength beyond their own strength to sustain vital institutions through this time of turmoil.
God of all Wisdom and Counsel, you are powerful and merciful come close and hear our prayer – AMEN … See MoreSee Less
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Today’s thought and prayer
As Christians, we turn to God both in times of fear and uncertainty and of joy and celebration. We pray today for God’s heart of love, mercy, and truth to dwell in us and show us how to face the challenges posed by the coronavirus.
Prayer for those struck down by the virus
Jesus, during Your ministry on earth you showed your power and caring by healing people of all ages and walks of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19.
May those who are hospitalised feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.
Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in protecting others from exposure to the disease. Bring peace to their families and friends and all who love them.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.—Philippians 4:6 (NIV) … See MoreSee Less