Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me…’ (Psalm 23:4).
Our Synod Bishop, Susan Candea, reached out with a word of caution as well as a word of hope with regard to the Corona Virus and it’s pandemic status. Fear is one of our greatest enemies, but we also have to do our best and let God take care of the rest. We can do our best in making wise, healthy decisions. Our council leaders have done that and I pray each of you are doing the same.
We will be offering worship resources online. Even though we don’t know exactly what that will look like or when it will begin, it is exciting to explore. Not even COVID-19 can stop the gospel from being proclaimed!
Because of recent airline travel, I will voluntarily self-quarantine upon return to Springfield on Thursday, March 19, for a period of 14 days. Know how thankful I am for the gift of technology and how it will allow me to converse and pray with you over the telephone, as well as provide a means for worship online. Please, do reach out to me via email and telephone!
Our Midweek Holden Evening Prayer services are cancelled, but we still have opportunity to gather together as a Synod. Bishop Susan Candea will be leading midweek reflections on Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Click the link below for more information.
Let us pray. Let us love. Let us grow our relationship with God and with each other.
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages healing disease and illness. Walk with us now in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, heal us.
(Original prayer by Franklin Graham and revised by Katherine Hayes)
Prince of Peace: a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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