Ever present God, we give thanks for each new day. For all of us life is very different to one
we experienced two weeks ago. As we get used to living lives of self-isolation and social-
distancing help us to recognise the good things that each day can bring. Help us to know
that we are not alone.

Gracious God, we pray for our world. As more and more countries face being locked down
we share in solidarity the challenges that they are facing. We pray for people who are
unable to travel home because borders have closed. Thank you for the friendship and
support that strangers give to each other at times of hardship.

Loving God, we are grateful for all people who continue to go to work each day. For all NHS
workers, for social workers, for teachers, for shop workers, for public servants, for transport
workers. Thank you for their commitment and support which ensure that we can lead our
lives to the full.

Comforting God, at this time we are especially aware of our local community. We give
thanks for all acts of kindness. However small these acts might be, they are significant for
those who receive them. Where we are able, guide us to be mindful of each other and to
offer what help we can to each other.

Eternal God, as the period of Passiontide begins we recall Jesus journeying to Jerusalem.
The Passion is a story about injustice, doubt, pain and ultimately death. But the final
message is victory, the victory of life over death.
Help us to have faith that this time of challenge will end and to have hope in a bright future.