Use this prayer to start your time of worship

 

A gathering prayer

Jesus, our shepherd,
holy and anointed one –
as we gather here today,
open our eyes to see you,
and hearts that we may grow in faith.
Amen

Light a candle together as a symbol of light and hope at this difficult time. Change some of the words or add to this prayer to pray for those on your hearts at this time.

Prayers of intercession

Light of the world,
we pray for those who suffer prejudice because of any kind of disability– physical, emotional, social or mental: 
help us to recognise our prejudices 
and to treat all people equally.
Open our eyes that we might see.

We pray for all who work for a fairer and more just society,
where all can be free to live, 
no matter what their circumstances.
Open our eyes that we might see.

We pray for all who walk in darkness,
with no light and little hope: 
may they know the joy that only you can bring.
Open our eyes that we might see.

Heal those who mourn, suffering loss and sadness;
those who are alone, rejected by family and friends;
those who are outcasts in our society.
Lord, show us how to be instruments of your healing. 
Open our eyes that we might see.
Amen.

If the invisible Virus can frighten you,

Then the invisible God can save you