Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I know that it is difficult not to worry. And it can feel very insensitive to even suggest that we not worry. We are concerned for our loved ones, our neighbours, our selves, our world. There is so much uncertainty right now.
What we CAN be certain of is the love God has for us – for you.
A love that is bigger than our worry.
A love that reaches us even in our places of self-isolation.
A love that hears our prayers and brings us peace.
What if, every time you felt yourself begin to worry, you offered a prayer to God?
What if you took five minutes right now to e-mail or write or call someone you are worried about, and tell them that you love them – AND that God loves them?
What if for every worry you have, you name one thing for which you are grateful?
Can we turn our worry into expressions of love and gratitude?
Can we offer them to God, and free our hearts to rejoice?
“Rejoice in the Lord always!” Rejoice in
this new day. Rejoice in the love that God has for you and for this world. Rejoice and give thanks to God.
Prayer – this is a prayer written by our Moderator, Rev. Dr. Richard Bott.
In this time of COVID-19, we pray: When we aren't sure, God, help us be calm; when information comes from all sides, correct and not, help us to discern; when fear makes it hard to breathe, and anxiety seems to be the order of the day, slow us down, God; help us to reach out with our hearts, when we can't touch with our hands; help us to be socially connected, when we have to be socially distant; help us to love as perfectly as we can, knowing that "perfect love casts out all fear."
For the doctors, we pray, for the nurses, we pray, for the technicians and the janitors and the aides and the caregivers, we pray, for the researchers and theorists, the epidemiologists and investigators, for those who are sick, and those who are grieving, we pray, for all who are affected, all around the world... we pray for safety, for health, for wholeness.
May we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked and house those without homes; may we walk with those who feel they are alone, and may we do all that we can to heal the sick— in spite of the epidemic, in spite of the fear.
Help us, O God, that we might help each other.
In the love of the Creator, in the name of the Healer, in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all, we pray.
May it be so. —A prayer during times of COVID-19 by the Right Rev. Richard Bott, originally posted on Facebook. Moderator Bott encourages the sharing of prayers he posts throughout his term.
Our Song today is Like Breathing composed by Justin Paul and Ben Pasek and sung by Trinity’s own.
It reminds me with each breath comes healing, hope and faith.
God Bless you