A Call to Pray

Dear All in the church family at All Saints and St Michael’s

As you will know by now, we are not able to meet together on Sundays – and I know we will all miss being together as the body of Christ. There is a short video message from me on the church website which you may like to watch, Here

Everything feels strange and I do hope and pray that you are all coping with the challenges. There is a Trull Community Support Group established to help with people’s practical needs and care. We will not have an online service up and running for tomorrow from All Saints – we hope to have something by next week, so can I encourage us instead to listen in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Morning Service which will be broadcast at 8.10am tomorrow morning on BBC Radio 4.

A Call to Pray
This Sunday has also been declared a National Day of Prayer. Instead of meeting in our services, can I encourage you to spend some time in prayer on Sunday for the nation and the world. Later next week some pointers for prayer will be available – but in the meantime, perhaps use the sentences of the Lord’s Prayer as a springboard for our prayers to bring our thanks, our confession, and our requests before the Lord.

A Prayer from the Diocese of Bath and Wells:

Loving God,

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.

Amen

The following suggestion has also been made to Christians across the nation:

‘As one action, we are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00pm as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished’.

Perhaps I can encourage us to take our responsibility to pray at this time very seriously. It is unsettling, disconcerting and humbling to see how the whole world has been brought to a stand-still. Our human confidence and strength is very fragile. I am aware that my own plans have had to be set aside in so many ways – can I encourage us to use that as a prompt to pray to the Lord at this time. Some of us are perhaps busier than normal, but I imagine many of us now have the chance to decide how to spend some of the unexpected extra time we have. As an old king of Israel once prayed “O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no-one can withstand you…We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” (2 Chronicles 20v5 and v12)

In situations like this the instincts of previous generations of believers have always been to humble themselves in repentance and prayer. Let’s follow their lead.

With love in Christ to you all,

Andy

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