Day of Prayer

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24 July 2020

Dear National Church Leaders

With prayerful greetings, can we encourage that next Sunday 2 August 2020 be a special Day of Prayer regarding the Pandemic?

We all know the impact of the pandemic overseas and here, including on some of our own loved ones.

At the National Council of Churches in 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 2 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.


Yours faithfully

Bishop Philip Huggins
Elizabeth (Liz) Stone

General Secretary

Day of Prayer Letter from the National Council of Churches

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