Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low
Help us to find strength in your comfort
And to trust in your promise
that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake. Amen.

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A PRAYER FOR HOSPITAL STAFF, MEDICS & RESEARCHERS
Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A PRAYER FOR THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
We are your people God, giving and loving,
wherever we are, whatever it costs,
for as long as it takes, wherever you call us. Amen.
Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference

A PRAYER FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY

The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes.
God is close to those who trust in him. Nahum 1.7
Almighty and everlasting God,
we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day.
Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger;
order us in all our doings and guide us to do always
what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen
As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you,
and with compassion for others; today and always. Amen.

A PRAYER AT NIGHT-TIME

Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray;
that you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.
Tonight we pray especially for
(name anyone known to you for whom you are particularly concerned)
and the people of (name any of those countries, communities, places presently affected by Coronavirus / in the headlines).
To your love and protection, we commit each other,
all whom we love, and all for whom we have prayed,
knowing that you alone are our sure defender,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.