As our church suspends in person worship for the next two weeks, you are invited to join Rev. Sue and your Christ Church family in fourteen days of prayer for the church, the community and the world.
Please find a simple liturgy below with a daily focus for the middle section of the time of prayer.
Dinner time with little people’s involvement might be a great two-week routine. Maybe light a candle to help quiet the chaos (around the table or in your heart!) as you offer to God these daily petitions.
Thank you for joining together in these fourteen days!
Shine on us, Lord, like the sun that lights up the day; chase away the darkness of the night and fill our hearts with your love.
As the mountains fall into the sea; be our rock and our strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Or with kids)
Lord God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am worried.
Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today.
[Insert Daily Bit]
O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Gathering our prayers into one we pray as Jesus taught us:
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
for ever and ever.
November 15 | World Leaders
Eternal God, we give thanks for governments and leaders here in Canada and around the globe. As fears rise and decisions become more difficult, we ask for wisdom for all who are in authority and all who shape national policies. That they may put the needs of their citizens above all else. That they may seek wise counsel and submit themselves to the greater good of those whose lives have been entrusted to them. Remind us, daily, to pray for our leaders. Amen
November 16 | City and Provincial Leaders
Give wisdom and courage to all local leaders, as well as those who are leaders in their communities, their workplaces, and their neighbourhoods. Give them the strength to remain calm and resolute, and to bring their neighbours together in loving action.
November 17 | Children and Schools
We pray today for our schools. We give thanks for the teachers and staff and we ask you to strengthen them as they work each day to create a safe, loving and learning environment. We pray for children at school that they would have a sense of safety and calm as they adapt to different learning environments, routines and procedures. For those who are learning and teaching online, we also pray. That they may be encouraged and connected with others each day. Amen
November 18 | Healthcare Workers
Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
November 19 | Scientists
Sustain all scientists and researchers who are working on treatments for Covid-19, and for an eventual vaccine. Give them rest and peace. Keep their minds clear and their hands steady in their work.
November 20 | Seniors
Be present with the elders in our community, whose lives are precious to us as they are to you. Keep them safe in the knowledge of your love and sustain them through the hands and feet of your loving community.
November 21 | The isolated
God, you have made us to love one another. Today we particularly pray for those who are isolated from those whom they love, and those whose loneliness is particularly heavy at this time. Remind them of their place in your family and prompt us to reach out in safe and meaningful ways.
November 22 | Churches
As churches are called to be beacons of light and hope in these uncertain times, strengthen all who serve in the leadership of your church. Give them creative and compassionate hearts to love your people, and help them share your love in new ways.
November 23 | The Homeless
As we retreat to the safety of our homes, we pray for those who do not have homes, or whose homes are places of violence or fear. Shelter them under your wings and bring them to safety. Strengthen all front line workers who support those most at risk. We pray specifically for Mustard Seed, ICPM, Hope Mission, E4C and the Bissell Centre.
November 24 | Lament
We cry out to you, O Lord, to repair our world. We cannot see our loved ones. We cannot play with our friends. Christmas won’t be the same this year. We read of death and upheaval daily. When we cannot see the way forward, help us to trust your guidance in the darkness.
November 25 | Thanksgiving
Even in these times, we see glimmers of your kingdom breaking through in our world. Thank you for the small moments of peace, of love, of joy, of hope. Give us our daily bread. Feed us with your love and the beauty of your creation.
November 26 | The Chronically Ill & Those At Risk
Today we remember all those whose health is particularly threatened by the pandemic: the immune suppressed, the chronically ill, those who suffer from lung conditions, and all others at high risk. Soothe their anxiety and give them courage to persevere in the face of difficult times. Carry them safely to a time when they can rejoin their daily life.
November 27 | Parents
God, parents need your help. Give them patience and fill their hearts with love as they shepherd the smallest members of your family through this crisis. Help them feel safe in your love as they struggle to make your love visible to their children. Help them to know they are safe, they are loved, and they can do all things through Christ who gives them strength.
November 28 | Absence
God, we miss our family members who we are separated from due to the pandemic. You know our sorrow and frustration at this time. Strengthen the bonds of our love and hold us together in your heart until the day we can once again gather together in safety.