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A Message from the Wardens – 5th February 2021

Dear Friends,

As we come towards the end of the first week of the “Prayer for the Nation” challenge to pray for a few minutes each day at 6 o’clock (or another time that is better for you) we wonder how you are finding it. Sometimes it is hard to know where to start. Today I (Ann) found the following material which I found helpful and worth sharing in full.

A Prayer for Deliverance from the Coronavirus

By Pete Greig & 24-7 Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus. You are powerful and merciful; let this be our prayer –
[Response] “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge.

I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”

(Psalm 57:1)

God of all Wisdom, we pray for our leaders: the World Health Organisation, national governments, and local leaders too – heads of schools, hospitals and other institutions. Since you have positioned these people in public service for this hour, we ask you to grant them wisdom beyond their own wisdom to contain this virus, faith beyond their own faith to fight this fear, and strength beyond their own strength to sustain vital institutions through this time of turmoil. God of all Wisdom and Counsel, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer –

[Response] “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear” (Psalms 46:1-2)

Jehovah Shalom, Lord of Peace, we remember those living in coronavirus hotspots and those currently in isolation. May they know your presence in their isolation, your peace in their turmoil and your patience in their waiting. Prince of Peace, you are powerful and merciful; let this be their prayer –

[Response] “May your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Saviour, for the glory of your name.” (Psalm 79:8)

God of all Comfort and Counsel, we pray for those who are grieving, reeling from the sudden loss of loved ones. May they find your fellowship in their suffering, your comfort in their loss, and your hope in their despair. We name before you those known to us who are vulnerable and scared – the frail, the sick and the elderly…..God of all Comfort, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer –

[Response] “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” (2 Corinthians 1:10)

Jehovah Rapha, God who heals, we pray for all medical professionals dealing daily with the intense pressures of this crisis. Grant them resilience in weariness, discernment in diagnosis, and compassion upon compassion as they care. We thank you for the army of researchers working steadily and quietly towards a cure – give them clarity, serendipity and unexpected breakthrough

today. Would you rise above this present darkness as the Sun of Righteousness with healing in your rays. May this be our prayer –

[Response] “Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)

Thank you to everyone who has been knitting angels for the Mental Health Unit. Liz will be delivering them at the end of this week and has enough for now. If you want to continue making them, we hope to be able to use them out in the community at Christmas as we had planned to do last Christmas.

We were sad to hear that Audrey Walker died on Saturday. Audrey and her late husband, Ron, were regular worshippers at All Saints until prevented by ill health. There are no details of her funeral yet but please pray for her son Chris as he tries to make arrangements at this difficult time.

A reminder that the link for the webcast of Maurice Snowdon’s funeral on Monday can be obtained from the Wardens (churchwardenstotley@gmail.com).

Sunday’s Coffee & Chat zoom details can also be be requested from the Wardens.

It’s good to see one another and hear how people are spending lockdown. Birdwatching featured heavily last week on the day of the annual garden birdwatch! We’ve also seen some very impressive crochet and knitting projects.

Plans for a Lent course are still under discussion but there is also plenty of material available for daily use individually. Angela has sent a link to one from the Bible Society called “The Lent Encounter: The Lent Encounter. It’s completely free – all you have to do is sign up.

Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to include in future letters.

With love from Ann & James