From Mother Jan…
As COVID continues to rise, I offer this prayer in the hope that we can contain this disease by our diligent efforts to protect ourselves and our neighbors.
Let us pray.
With all our hearts and minds, let us pray to the Lord, believing God hears our prayers and sees our tears.
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your servants who are sick with coronavirus. Give the power of your healing to those for whom our prayers are offered. May they be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care.
We pray for all in the community of St. Andrew’s, Lord, we ask for your protection and safekeeping.
We pray for all in Las Cruces and the surrounding area, in the United States, and the world who are suffering from COVID, and also for those who need medical help for other illnesses or injuries. Give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, and protect all the medical professionals and 1st responders who are putting their own lives at risk.
We pray for the destitute and those deprived of access to medical care.
We pray for those who suffer discrimination because of the color of their skin or country of origin, especially those in detention centers.
We pray for those who put their lives at risk to work so that others may have essential services, and we pray for those who can’t reopen their businesses.
In this time of trial, may the Resurrected Christ bring us hope, strengthen our faith, fill us with love and kinship, and grant us his peace. Amen.
(Adapted from a prayer from The Rev Dr. Lin Lilley, St. Albans, El Paso)
"Oh give thanks, Oh give thanks, Oh give thanks unto the Lord,
for His Mercy endures forever."
Both Psalm 118:1 and Psalm 136:1 begin with these words. I remember teaching this as a song in Children’s Chapel. What a perfect beginning for November 2020; Covid November. During these difficult times we have to consciously remember to give thanks. Give thanks to God always and in all things. I know that is hard to give thanks when we are stuck in the rollercoaster of change and uncertainty, and it is for our spiritual, mental and psychological health that we MUST do so.
I give thanks for all of you; for the opportunity to serve you. I give thanks for a great place to live and minister. I give thanks for your generosity in pledging and giving of yourselves and the first fruits of your work. I give thanks for a caring vestry, committed outreach volunteers, altar guild, Daughters of the King, Men’s group, the Search Committee and all of you who so tirelessly do God’s work in our community.
As we give thanks, let us remember those who have fallen ill to this dreaded disease, to those who are experiencing homelessness, to all those living on the margin. We give thanks for the many blessings that God pours out on us daily.
In the true spirit of an Attitude of Gratitude let us continue to walk in the belief that God has given us all special talents which we must share for the building up of His Kingdom.
Thank you for sharing your special gifts with our faith community. St. Andrew’s is a cornucopia of fruitful spirits.
God Bless all of you. I am truly blessed and grateful.