Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, all public and private worship in Church is suspended.


Psalm 91 1-6; 9-19

We live within the shadow of the Almighty,
sheltered by the God who is above all gods.
This I declare, that he alone is my refuge,
my place of safety; he is my God,
and I am trusting him.
For he rescues you from every trap
and protects you from the fatal plague.

He will shield you with his wings!
They will shelter you.
His faithful promises are your armour.
Now, you don’t need
to be afraid of the dark anymore,
nor fear the dangers of the day;
nor dread the plagues of darkness,
nor disasters in the morning.

For Jehovah is my refuge!
I choose the God above all gods to shelter me.
How then can evil overtake me
or any plague come near?
For he orders his angels to protect you
wherever you go.
They will steady you with their hands
to keep you from stumbling
against the rocks on the trail.

For the Lord says, “Because he loves me,
I will rescue him; I will make him great
because he trusts in my name.
When he calls on me, I will answer;
I will be with him in trouble
and rescue him and honour him.
I will satisfy him with a full life
and give him my salvation.”

The Living Bible



For those who are ill with Covid-19

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For the Health Service

Good Physician, we thank you for all whom you bless with your gifts of compassion, knowledge and healing skills, especially the doctors, nurses, therapists, and support staff of the National Health Service. Be with them in all that they do, that they may be your channels of healing to those who suffer, in body, mind and spirit.

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life, be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.  In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving; and when their work is done, be with them in their weariness and in their tears.
Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer. Amen.
(from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Chaplaincy, by Althea Hayton – adapted)

O God, we thank you for our healthcare systems and those who work in them. We pray for healthcare workers known to us that through their love and compassion, those who are vulnerable and needy might come to know healing and peace in their lives. We pray for those who have to make difficult decisions about resources or treatments that they will do so with care and integrity. Lord, continue your ministry of healing in the lives of those who are broken, vulnerable and in need. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
(from The Churches and Industry Group, Birmingham (http://www.cigb.org.uk/)