Candle of hope
As our nation faces the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, Churches Together in England (CTE) is encouraging Christians across our nations to continue uniting in prayer, praying #PrayersOfHope in their homes at 7.00pm each Sunday evening.
Following the overwhelming response which the National Call to Prayer and Action received on Mothering Sunday, CTE has prepared a candle poster for those who would like to place a permanent symbol in their front windows of Christ’s light shining in the darkness. Visit www.cte.org.uk/prayersofhope.
This poster has been made available due to our awareness of the potential fire risk posed by lighting live candles, particularly on windowsills. We are keen to avoid adding any pressure to our emergency service personnel, particularly at this difficult time.
‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ (John 1:5)
Prayers in response to Coronavirus
come to the help of your people.
Be our shelter in this time of peril
and strengthen the bonds of our community.
Bring healing to all who suffer
the ravages of disease
and assist those whose skill and art
can put an end to this affliction.
Through Christ our Lord.
(Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales)
‘Living, loving God,
we praise you,
and through times of peril we lean into you,
for in Jesus Christ
you have trodden paths as difficult as ours,
revealing there a love that nothing defeats,
a love that bears us through.
Even as we strive to behave responsibly,
and to care reliably,
so we feel after you
that in these uncertain times we might trust you are with us,
our refuge and strength,
and our faith, hope and love might be renewed,
through Jesus Christ, Amen.’
(Revd Nigel Uden and Derek Estill, Moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church)
‘Thy kingdom come’
The period between Ascension Day (Thursday 21 May) and Pentecost (Sunday 31 May) will once again mark the time when Christians across the Black Country (and the nation and the world!) come together to offer up prayer for the renewal of the church and for people to come to faith in Christ. The prayer novena will be shaped by the words that Jesus gave to his followers, ‘Thy Kingdom Come.’ Information, ideas and resources can be found at THIS WEBSITE.
The Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church is offering grants to its churches to enable them to participate in the 2020 Thy Kingdom Come novena.
Sign up HERE to receive daily messages from Thy Kingdom Come during the prayer novena.