Sunday the 2nd of August a special day of prayer

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1 August, 2020

The National Council of Churches in Australia have written to church leaders encouraging them to make Sunday the 2nd of August a special day of prayer regarding the Pandemic. We are encouraged to pray as we feel led, however, you may also wish to use this prayer...

“Gracious God, trusting in your providence and presence, we bring our prayer for an end to this pandemic. We pray for your strengthening of all those committed to offering costly leadership during this crisis. We pray for all who are ill. We pray for those anxious about getting ill. We pray for those full of grief. We remember those who have died. Aware of our fragility, we pray for your grace to sustain us as we do what we can to end this pandemic. Your compassionate, peaceful and creative response to many crises is our model, including in our Sunday Gospel (Mt . 14: 13-21). As we worship in resurrection faith on Sunday August 2, we offer our heartfelt prayer in your Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.”

 

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