For such a time as this

Jimi Gale

Has there ever been such a time as this? Has there ever been such a time as this...to pray?

One thing I've learned from 52WTP is that there are so many creative and wonderfully different ways to pray. So, I'm cautious to suggest a one size fits all prayer for our current situation. However, I'm also aware there is power in our collective intercessions, so here goes......

The Stewards' Trust is a 'family' and so I'm naturally drawn to something that works for all ages and stages of faith. This uncomplicated prayer from the Church of England prayer resources seems to do a pretty good job:

God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
and all who are working to discover the right medicines
to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times,
you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe.
Amen.

Maybe you'd like to pray this each day with whoever you are at home with. And if you're on your own, maybe it will be a small encouragement to know you are praying it with your ST 'family'.

As a team, we want to focus our response to these times on prayer and service. The ways we plan to serve all ages will be announced over the coming weeks. In terms of prayer:

- We want to pray for you. Please email the team at pray@stewardstrust.org.uk with any prayer requests for you and your families (we promise confidentiality unless you or another is at risk of harm). 

- We want to pray with you. Starting next Wednesday at 9:30am, for this time while we're all at home, 52WTP goes live. We will host a weekly ST prayer meeting via Zoom. You're all invited to be part of it. We will need to send a link to join so please email jimi@stewardstrust.org.uk if you would like to get involved next week or in the future.

God bless you.