Sunday Prayer : Dr Deidre Palmer – President of the Uniting Church in Australia

Holy and loving God, the Psalmist reminds us that “You are our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble”.
Lord God we feel deeply that our world is in trouble with the spread of the coronavirus.
Eternal God we recognise a sense of fear and anxiety about the future.
We ask that we calmly place our faith in you and increase our love for our neighbour.
We believe you care deeply about all those who are affected by this pandemic.
In these troubling times teach us how to be agents of peace and carriers of compassion.
We pray for all who are on the front line of this battle; our medical teams, health professionals and their patients. Grant, we pray safety and healing.
We pray for our political leaders, national and state that you would give them wisdom and insight.
We pray for all who have lost loved ones to this virus, grant them comfort and courage.
We pray for all who have lost their jobs or their businesses, grant them the help they need.
We pray for all Australians that you will help us to replace fear with faith, despair with hope and hoarding with kindness.
Please bring out the best in us as we face the challenge of these days,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Reference: Uniting Church Assembly