Prayers:   Matt. 6:9   “This, then, is how you should pray:

 ‘Our Father in heaven, Hallowed by your name, Your Kingdom Come Your Will be Done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread And forgive us our debts As we forgive our debtors And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil…”

Or the Evil one.  Either way it does not matter – we are asking to be delivered from evil – whether personified in the Evil one – or the evil of suffering, illness and death caused by Covid 19.  When you are a nurse seeking to prevent people dying, or a worker facing redundancy, or fearful of that cough and fever you have – we are all conscious that we are facing evil – and we just cry out for deliverance.

Petition: Please join with us in praying for:

  1. Brazil – the country in South America with the largest number of cases – 6,836 and 240 deaths.   Brazil is one of the countries that has not adopted a strict lock down policy.  There are considerable concerns about the slum areas and those who do not have access to good health care.  
  2. New South Wales   – Now has 2,298 cases (up from just over 1,000 week ago).  Although NSW has small pockets of community contagion, it is good to see that the rate of increase has dropped significantly in the past few days.  May this continue.
  3. President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil is a professing Christian.  May he be granted wisdom, courage and compassion as he seeks to lead his people through this crisis.
  4. Those who lead praise and worship in regular services – as they adapt to the new environment and learn to lead the Lord’s people in worship online.

A Prayer of Repentance:  Lord Jesus, Give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach; Help me chastely to flee it, and jealousy to resolve that my heart may be yours alone.  Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in You, the ground of my rest, the spring of my being. (Valley of Vision)  

A Prayer of Thanksgiving:  Our Father, We rejoice that you have defeated evil and the Evil one.  No matter how great the Darkness, the Light breaks through.  We bless you that Evil shall not prevail and ultimately you work even evil for good. Amen.