This is an edited version of A Liturgy During a Pandemic by Porter C. Taylor, used with grateful appreciation
Our help is in the Name of the Lord;
Who made heaven and Earth
Heavenly Father, we confess to you our fears, our worries, and our anxieties. We offer to you our deliberations today, spoken and silent. We commend to you each other, those around us, and those unknown to us who in necessity will watch over us.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Scripture reading – use the reading numbered for the session you have used.
- Come to me, all who labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. [Matthew 11:28-30]
- For he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me? [Hebrew 13:5-6 ]
- Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. For everything in heaven and on earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all. [1 Chronicles 29:11]
- He shall cover you with his wings and you shall be safe under his feathers; his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday. [Psalm 91:4-6]
- But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. [Isaiah 43:1 ]
- May the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. [Hebrews 13:20-21]
Let us pray
For a swift end to COVID-19. For those infected and those who have been exposed; grant them strength, healing, and protection.
For their loved ones and caretakers; grant them peace, comfort, and endurance.
For those leading nations; grant them sound minds, courage, and humility.
For physicians, nurses, technicians, researchers, administrators, and all other healthcare employees around the world; grant them strength, wisdom, and resources
For those who must work, despite the threat of sickness; grant them protection and continued provision.
For those who have become unemployed or underemployed during this pandemic; grant them comfort, wisdom, and security.
For churches and their ministers; grant them discernment and creativity
For parents, children and families; grant them wisdom, patience and joy.
For those for whom home is not a safe haven; grant them refuge.
For those who are alone; grant them knowledge of your love.
For those who have died and those who mourn them: grant them peace and reconciliation in your will.
A Prayer to Close
Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who are scared, anxious, those who are mourning, or who are nervous; that, casting all their cares, worries, and anxieties upon you, they may know the overwhelming peace of your presence and the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen