Evening Prayer Thursday, 19 November 2020

A reading of Psalm 100

1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures for ever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100

Dear Lord, we worship you with gladness, for we know we are your people.
You guide us like a shepherd guides his sheep and care for us and protect us at all times.
You are Lord of all the earth and all the people of this world are yours.
At this time we pray to you for all those people who are affected by the current pandemic:
those who are suffering from the virus itself,
those with other medical conditions who are not able to receive treatment because of the virus,
those whose jobs and livelihoods are being lost,
those who are anxious about their future, and the future welfare of their loved ones,
and those separated from their families and who are unable to receive the comfort of visits.
We give you thanks for all those scientists, doctors and others
working to develop vaccines, to test them, to approve them and to arrange their distribution and use.
We all have a part to play in bringing the spread of the virus under control,
and we pray that those who are growing weary of the restrictions will be mindful
of what they need to do to safeguard their friends and families and all those with whom they interact.

As your church, we pray that we may find new ways to give you thanks and praise
as a joyful community worshipping you from the safety of our homes,
but gathered together in your Spirit.
You, Lord, are good and your love endures for ever,
your faithfulness never falters throughout all generations.
We pray that we may be equally faithful, and reflect your faithfulness with those abut us.

We know that we must share our joy in you with all those we meet in our daily lives
and seek practical ways to bring your loving care to them.

We close our prayers this evening by saying the Grace together:

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all, evermore.