He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5
After a challenging and difficult winter spent in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, never has spring been more welcome. The first signs of spring are here – birdsong, buds on the trees and early spring flowers such as snowdrops and crocus, and offer the promise of new life and warmer lighter days, bringing joy and fresh hope to us all. We give thanks for the miracles of Spring, the charm of nature, and the love our Lord never fails to provide for us.
The season of Lent is upon us, a time in the Christian calendar when we are invited to journey with Jesus towards the cross; a time of contemplation and reflection as we look to the eventual easing of lockdown and what we have all been through this year.
Loving Lord, Today we set out to walk towards Easter To the cross and eventually to an empty tomb. As we travel, open our senses we pray, To what you would have us see and hear and taste along the way And that Jesus might come more clearly into sight. Our desire is just that; To see him more clearly That we might love him more dearly and follow him more nearly day by day.
We give thanks for:
. the road map to the easing of restrictions and the “cautious” route out of lockdown.
. for our NHS, its services and the success of the vaccination program which is going well and having an impact on reducing the spread of the virus.
Hear us as we pray for:
. The sick and bereaved, isolated and lonely, and all those in need. Be with them. Comfort them with your love, peace and grace. Give them strength for the day and hope for tomorrow.
. for our children, young people, teachers and parents as they settle back into school, new routines and guidelines. Keep them safe and well, as they grow in their learning and enjoy being with friends again.
. for our government, leaders and economy; businesses that are struggling, those furloughed or now unemployed.
“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem” Isaiah 66 :13
As we approach and celebrate “Mothering” Sunday we pray for:
. mothers everywhere.
. all who will find the day difficult because of the scale of loss and separation due to the pandemic.
Loving God we give you thanks for your nurturing love and for all who care for us, who have encouraged us and helped us to grow. As we step into Holy Week may we constantly be reminded of its significance and value for our lives today. Open our hearts and minds to you and your walk to the cross.
We pray for your Church and its leaders as we go forward in these challenging times. Guide us with your wisdom and vision as we plan for the future.
We give thanks for Jesus’ victorious entry into Jerusalem.
“Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Matthew21:9