As our community, and indeed the world, copes with the Coronavirus pandemic and the fallout from it, I offer the following prayer:
God beyond our living, yet with us in the very marrow of our lives.
In the face of the unprecedented world-wide challenge of the novel Coronavirus, we focus our thoughts and best hopes for all in prayer.
For school leaders, health professionals, government officials, aged care providers, and others, who, amidst uncertainty, are called to lead us and make decisions for our welfare, we ask wisdom and guidance.
For all of us who face confusion and disruption as we seek to adjust and prepare, we ask patience and a spirit of mutual care.
For the lonely and fearful in our community for whom this brings anxieties and overwhelming worries, we ask reassurance and peace.
For families experiencing the grief of loss of a loved one, we ask comfort.
We think especially of the most vulnerable, the aged and those already bearing health issues; might we work together as communities to grant them additional cover and care ensuring that we safeguard the least among us.
We are thankful for international unity expressed in the face of this crisis; may human hubris be diminished, the fragility of life on the planet we share be acknowledged, and cooperation and understanding heightened.
May we be communities of empathy, trust and care, in all we face together at this time.
Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Rev Phil Hoffmann