Gracious God, you walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death.
We pray that those who suffer and are overwhelmed by the COVID-19 virus, by hunger or poverty, by fear or
grief, be surrounded by the incarnate presence of the crucified and risen, ascended one.
May every human being be reminded of the precious gift of life you entered to share with us.
May our hearts be pierced with compassion for those who suffer, for those who live daily on the frontlines of
the pandemic, for your love is the only healing balm we know.
May the dying and the dead be received into your enfolding arms, and may your friends show the grieving
who must walk alone, that they are not alone as they walk this vale of tears.
All this we pray in the name of the one who walked the road to Calvary. Amen.
(Adapted from a prayer by Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori extracted from the World Methodist Council First Friday Letter for July 2020)
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.