This is a trying time in which we live at the moment. The Covid-19 virus is spreading across the globe and regrettably, it has reached our country, and regrettably, today it reached our city of Stratford. We hoped to keep it away, but it is here.It was a difficult decision to close our church doors for the next three weeks. But we believe it to be a wise decision.
And so we rally together as a faith community, hoping for the best and trusting in God. The best spiritual practice we can follow right now is to pray. We will pray for each other, pray for our neighbour, pray for our community, and be present to each other in any way we can.
What would Jesus do? He would help where he could, bringing God’s love and care into every situation and to every person. May we do the same.
I will post something every day to inspire us and bring us hope. “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills – from where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121: 1, 2. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths known.” Proverbs 3: 5, 6.
Blessing & Peace to all, Rev. Mary
Here is a prayer from our United Church Moderator the Right Rev. Richard Bott:
In this time of COVID-19, we pray:
When we aren’t sure, God,
help us be calm;
when information comes
from all sides, correct and not,
help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe,
and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,
slow us down, God;
help us to reach out with our hearts,
when we can’t touch with our hands;
help us to be socially connected,
when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can,
knowing that “perfect love casts out all fear.”
For the doctors, we pray,
for the nurses, we pray,
for the technicians and the janitors and the
aides and the caregivers, we pray,
for the researchers and theorists,
the epidemiologists and investigators,
for those who are sick,
and those who are grieving, we pray,
for all who are affected,
all around the world…
May we feed the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty,
clothe the naked and house those without homes;
may we walk with those who feel they are alone,
and may we do all that we can to heal
in spite of the epidemic,
in spite of the fear.
Help us, O God,
that we might help each other.
In the love of the Creator,
in the name of the Healer,
in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all,