Benefice Prayer Resources
In the light of the closure of our Churches due to the Coronavirus outbreak the following resources are posted on this page to support us all with prayer at home during these difficult times.
Download and have a look at the attached .pdf document - see the link below - for new and different ways that we can pray at home now that our Churches are closed.
Prayers for those in need at St. John’s and All Saints
Ann Kivett, recently discharged from a 10 day stay in hospital and who has now been re admitted to to the RUH. Ann is now likely to have surgery. We pray for Ann and Stephen and their family, especially Ann's mother Patricia who is also in the RUH following a fall.
Jemima Hendy and all her family
Peter and Meg Lloyd.
Anita Smith in Calway House.
Pat Carrington who is being cared for in Musgrove Park Hospital - may she be at peace.
Colin Bridges and his family who are unable to visit him.
We remember Neil Proctor who died this last weekend and also Christine who grieves for him.
14 May 2020
A prayer specifically for this Coronavirus outbreak:
We pray for all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, may they know your healing power.
When we are afraid for ourselves and our loved ones, give us your strength and courage.
When we feel alone and isolated, reassure us with a sense of your presence.
Give wisdom to those in authority and may our community work together for the good of all.
We give thanks for those who care for others and ask you to bless them in all they do.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, healer and physician.
Pray for people who are infected with COVID-19 or facing quarantine.
Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they 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 pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.
Pray for medical professionals, caregivers, researchers, and leaders responsible for decisions about fighting the new coronavirus.
Father, we seek Your wisdom daily. Be with people making decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries, and the wider world. Inspire and invigorate people developing better tests to diagnose the virus, vaccines to prevent it, and protocols and communication to eliminate the disease’s spread. May truth and empathy be the touchstones of people setting policies for our protection.
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers
2 Corinthians 1:10-11 (NIV)
Prayer during the Vacancy
Loving heavenly Father, we pray that you will call to our parishes:-
a true shepherd, a servant of God, a minister of Christ;
and help us with them to grow in faith, love one another,
care for those in need and reach out to others.
Guide us in this time of preparation
and help us to discover your way for the future and see your kingdom grow;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. AMEN