During the Covid-19 crisis Prayers

By Catherine McFie posted April 8th, 2020

At times of crisis we often feel the need to pray but don’t know where to start or what to say. Prayer is at it simplest is a conversation with God, we don’t have to use any special words or phrases we can just speak as we would if we were having a conversation with our best friend. Often, we don’t know what people need or what to ask for, that doesn’t matter, God knows and it is enough to mention a name or a situation and ask God to help.

To help with prayer over the coming weeks I have put together some suggested topics to consider each day. As you think about the topics, people or situations will come to your mind, simply verbalise these before God. At the end of each day there is a sentence that can be used to bring your prayers to a conclusion or you can simply say “hear our prayers Lord, Amen.”

Sunday

Today we pray for

- Churches, faith groups and their leaders
- Christians who live in countries where they are persecuted for their faith
- For organisations who support and encourage Christians facing persecution.

 Lord, strengthen and encourage your people. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Monday

Today we pray for:

- Ourselves – our concerns, our health, our financial situation
- Our family – our parents/grandparents, our partner, our children/grandchildren
- Our friends – those we see often, those we are connected on social media, those living abroad.  

Lord, we bring before you my concerns for friends, family and for myself, may you grant us what we need at this time. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

Tuesday

Today we pray for:

- Those who are ill with covid-19 whether they are at home in hospital
- Those in hospital because of other heath conditions
- Those whose treatment has been postponed during this crisis
- Those who are housebound and for whom social isolation is part of their normal day
- Those who suffer from mental health issues and struggle with the changes to routine we are experiencing
- Those who are grieving the loss of a loved one and are unable to say goodbye in the way they would have wished 

Lord, may your healing hand be upon those who are ill, may you comfort those who are grieving and strengthen those who struggle. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Wednesday

Today we pray for key workers:

- All those working in hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes
- All those working in the food industry – producers, distributors, shops
- All those working in our emergency services – Ambulance staff, the fire brigade and the police
- Those working in our armed forces
- Those working in banking, the post office and the postal service
- Teachers
- Funeral directors and faith leaders
- Decision makers in local and national government
- Volunteers and charities that are helping support the vulnerable 

Lord, we thank you for all those who are working to care for the sick and vulnerable, to make the difficult decisions and we rely on at these difficult times, strengthen them and give them wisdom. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Thursday

Today we pray for those whose future is uncertain:

- Business that are closed and may not reopen
- People who don’t qualify for financial support
- People struggling to make ends meet, even before work became uncertain
- People whose may be without a job once the crisis is over 

Lord, reduce the anxiety of uncertainty and may advice and help be available to those who need it. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Friday

Today we pray for:

- People who have no access or limited access to health care
- People who have no food to eat or clean water to drink
- People who have no shelter or safe place to stay
- People who live in countries where violence and war is the norm
- People who face persecution because of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity 

Lord, help us to love our neighbour as ourselves seek an equal sharing of resources and justice for all. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Saturday

Today we pray for

- Your created world in all its beauty and diversity
- For those who seek to raise awareness of the damage being done to the environment
- For those who challenge our way of life and the impact we have on the climate
- For those who show us how simple changes in our behaviour can make a difference
- For those who look at ways to recycle and upcycle and reduce waste 

Lord, we thank you for the world you created, help us to be better stewards. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Welcome to St. Columba URC Liverpool

Welcome to the Saint Columba URC Liverpool website. We are a United Reformed Church located in Hunts Cross, Liverpool and we are part of the Mersey Synod. We are located closely to the train station and bus stops in the Hunts Cross area for a map of how to find us click here.

We have a moderate sized congregation and we are keen to keep our church moving forward with the Holy Spirits help.

We are a community minded church and so we like to offer our facilities for the wider community of Hunts Cross where possible. We also make the church available for weddings and funerals by contacting our church secretary Mrs I.Meek(07854259528). Our church building is registered for marriage services between a man and a woman. It is not registered for marriages of same-sex couples.

Our hall is used everyday with a range of groups meeting in it. We have Baby Sensory, Prize Bingo, Slimming World, Tuesday Friendship Group, Craft Group, Coffee Pot, Police Forums, Pilots, Gentle Keep Fit, Taekwondo, Stamp Fairs and the Lancashire Lacemakers group as well as working closely with our neighbours the local health centre for open days and making the Hall available for any new initiatives as well as childrens parties.

As you can see there is something for everyone at some point during the week at Saint Columba. If you would like to know more about when a particular group meets and what days and times etc. Then please don't hesitate to contact us and we will reply as swiftly as we can, or pop into coffee pot on a Wednesday morning 10 - 12 noon or church on a Sunday and we will be delighted to help you.

Saint Columba URC LIverpool is also proud to be an accredited Fairtrade church, by that we mean were possible on church premises all of the products that we use are Fairtrade products ensuring a better deal for farmers and workers throughout the world. We have promoted Fairtrade for many years now and we are proud to continue to do so.

Please enjoy your time on our website and we hope it challenges and inspires you to visit us in person to share worship on a Sunday morning or pop in for a cuppa' and a natter on a Wednesday morning at the Coffee Pot. Or just enjoy the facilities for a group that meets in the hall.

Sunday Worship

Saint Columba URC Liverpool is open for morning worship every Sunday morning.

 The service starts at 10:45 am and is approximately 1 hour in duration followed by coffee after the service which is a chance to catch up with friends and our extended church family.  

We have a Sunday School for the children which is led by Colette and Isabella.  

Why not join us and let us extend a warm welcome to you. 

Pilots

Pilots is a non uniformed organisation but children can work towards badges in areas of service, interest, talents, overseas, worship and prayer. Pilots is the fastest growing part of the URC and St.Columba is excited to be part of it. 

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Hall Diary and Bookings

Saint Columba URC Liverpool have quite a few different groups and organisations using their premises week to week. Not all of our groups are religious and so there is something to capture the imagination of most people. 

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