March 29, 2020
Rev. Paul Capetz
O God, you have been our help in ages past, you are our refuge
from the storm in this present time, and you will always remain
our hope for all the years to come.
Be with us now as we seek your reassurance and guidance.
Calm our fears, give us courage, and increase our love for one
another so that we do not forsake our calling to be Jesus’
disciples even now when we must be physically separated from
Be with all those who are sick with the coronavirus and be with
all those doctors and nurses who are working to bring them back
Be with the friends and loved ones of those who have already
died and give comfort them in their hour of grief.
We pray especially for those who are poor, for those who are
uninsured and cannot afford medical care, and for those who are
homeless and thus most vulnerable to disease. May this crisis
lead our nation to take stock of its moral priorities so that we
may learn that a truly humane society is one that does not forget
those most in need.
We pray also for those whose employment and income are
adversely affected by this health crisis. May they have enough
food to eat and enough money to pay their bills until the worst
of this crisis is over.
We ask your blessing upon the members of our church. Be with
each of us as we face being apart from our friends and those we
love. Teach us new ways to be your church so that we may
carry on Christ’s mission and ministry even in the midst of
physical isolation from one another.
May we not forget to pray during these difficult days, so that we
receive the comfort, strength, and hope that only come from
above. Teach us to pray as Jesus taught his disciples saying:
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and
Forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.