In the first weeks of this new year, so much has happened
and every day seems to bring new information, new regulations, new scandals.
In the midst of it all, it’s hard to get perspective
or to understand what’s really happening.
May we find confidence in You
whose wisdom does not depend on current ideas or headlines or power struggles.
Your wisdom stretches beyond time and experience
and spans all of history, even well beyond our small human history.
May we listen better to Your word for us
and have faith in Your presence with us.
Be with all, once again, in the struggle against COVID-19.
We know politicians have difficult decisions to make,
but may they listen to the experts
and make decisions that will make sense in the medium and long term
and will save lives.
We remember all who work in the front line in hospitals, laboratories, public transport, education and child services, voluntary support agencies:
give them renewed courage and energy.
And we remember those who are ill,
those who are caring for people who aren’t well,
those who are mourning the loss of someone they have loved.
Give comfort and the peace of Your constant presence.
In a time where divisions are rife in the world
and sometimes encouraged by people with power,
we pray for all who are unifying forces;
peacemakers, listeners, diplomats, counsellors,
leaders who work with compassion for all.
Bring us together as communities and nations
And may nations cooperate as far as possible
to secure a deeper peace, good health and security for everyone.
We come to pray for people we know who are in need,
those going through turmoil or anxiety,
those feeling the pressures of lockdown,
those finding it hard to be alone,
those finding it hard to be with their families so much.
And we also pray today for
Peter, Bill B, Evelyn, Jean, Janet,
Zoe, Gordon and John, Emily, Allan, Malcolm,
Eleanor, Andrew, Ela, Jennifer,
Jill, John N, David and his family, Mary,
Yvonne, Bill M, John C, Karen, Mary D, Ceala and Ian.
Be with them, through Jesus Christ our Lord,