The National Council of Churches has called on all Christians across the nation to set aside next Sunday (2nd August) as a day of Prayer, Worship and optional Fasting as our nation, and the State of Victoria in particular, continues to battle with the COVID 19 pandemic.
The Council President Bishop Philip Huggins in a letter to member Churches and released also to the Prayer Movement across the nation says, “ We all know the impact of the pandemic here and overseas, including on some of our own loved ones. At the NCCA (National Council of Churches Australia) Board this week, we Directors all shared our vivid and poignant current reflections. What we can offer again now are our prayers together. Hence this encouragement to you all. It is comforting when we know we are all praying together to our Saviour. From our various traditions, there are prayer resources, ancient and contemporary, which we have been offering already.
Here is a prayer that might be helpful on Sunday August 2, 2020:
“Gracious God, trusting in your providence and presence,
we bring our prayer for an end to this pandemic.
We pray for your strengthening of all those committed to offering costly leadership during this crisis.
We pray for all who are ill.
We pray for those anxious about getting ill.
We pray for those full of grief.
We remember those who have died.
Aware of our fragility, we pray for your grace to sustain us as we do what we can to end this pandemic.
Your compassionate, peaceful and creative response to many crises is our model, including in our Sunday Gospel (Mt . 14: 13-21).
As we worship in resurrection faith on Sunday August 2, we offer our heartfelt prayer in your Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Signed Bishop Philip Huggins
Whilst different states have different levels of restrictions on gathering for Sunday worship the Australian Prayer Network encourages Christians across the nation to meet together as appropriate, or to spend time before the Lord in private devotion, during the course of that day seeking to bring an end to this health and economic crisis in our nation.
Source: Compiled by APN from information supplied by the National Council of Churches