Reading and Prayer – March 23

1 Corinthians 12:12-14

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Prayer

Father, we give you thanks, that we are able to be in your presence, 

wherever we may be.

We pray for those who feel far from one another and far from you. 

We give you thanks that you are sustaining us 

in this most strange and unusual time.

We pray there will be lessons learned through these very different days.

We give you thanks that as so much in our world is on hold, 

your love continues unabated.

We pray that as the familiar is slow to return, 

we will recognise that which is of true and lasting value.

We give you thanks that we continue to be provided with 

food, water, shelter, care.

We know that there are people without these blessings; 

we pray for their immediate and urgent needs.

We give you thanks that there are people continuing to work 

to provide us with the necessities of life.

We pray that you will keep them healthy in body, mind and soul.

We give you thanks for the advances made by researches, scientists 

and physicians to help promote prevention and find a cure.

We pray that as vaccines are rolled out, that all will receive them 

in good time, and that they be proved effective.

We give you thanks for the many ways we are able 

to maintain contact with one another even when apart.

We pray for those without the technology needed to provide 

educational resources for their children, contact with others, 

and support for themselves. 

Help each of us find ways and make the effort to be a support 

to the lonely, the needy, the elderly, the forlorn.

We thank you that although so many have fallen ill, 

there are so many who remain well. 

We are blessed on our Island home.

We pray for those who are sick, and vulnerable to infection, 

as well as those who have become ill with the virus, 

and their families.

We thank you for the support of our friends and family.

We pray for those who have friends and family who are ill. 

Bring comfort and healing, we pray. 

We thank you that we have nothing to fear, 

as we rest in your mercy and love. 

We pray for those who face death, for those who care for the dying, 

and for those who grieve. 

Hear our silent prayers, O Lord. 

Keep us strong as we remember the words of Jesus, who said, 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. 

I do not give to you as the world gives. 

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”