Thought for the Day
Times are bad, Lord,
but they could be worse.
They are hard,
but they could be harder.
They are testing,
But they could be far more challenging still.
They bring trouble our way,
but there are many who face adversity much more demanding.
It’s not an easy time,
but you don’t expect us to pretend otherwise.
The events of recent months have brought trials and troubles
such as most of us have never experienced before,
and though much is being asked of us,
we know more is asked of others.
Teach us, Lord, should we feel weary,
sorry for ourselves,
to focus on the good rather than the bad,
the best instead of the worst,
and to recognise that,
however tough things may be,
we still have so many reasons to give thanks.
Your love and care remain with us constantly
and nothing can ever take that away.
Whatever we have to face,
we will never face it alone.
Thank you, God.
At a time when we are looking to move
from lockdown to something approaching normality,
we ask you to bless our church as we seek to reopen.
There are many things to be done
before we can be given permission to open our doors.
So we ask you to bless those involved
in working through the checklist of safety precautions.
There will be strict limits on how many people can be present at worship
and we will need new equipment to help relay our services to those online.
There will be limits on how many groups will be able to access our building at other times and big decisions need to be taken.
We will need more volunteers than before
to operate technology,
and clean our building.
Much has to be done.
So as we give thanks for our building
and look forward to it opening
and slowly becoming accessible once more,
we pray that you will guide us
in the complicated work of planning,
that you will inspire people to come forward to offer themselves,
to enable this to happen.
And we ask that you will continue to guide our church
as we seek to worship and communicate to the wider world around us.
Thank you for what we have learned already.
It has been a difficult time but we have learned much over these weeks.
We remember those who have struggled with technology
and lack of physical meeting,
as we also give thanks for those who have been drawn to our community for the first time.
God, bless us, guide us,
and lead us into the next stage of our journey
that we might become the people you are calling us to be.
In Jesus’ name.