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Praying for the Pandemic © 2020 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.

(by Lisa Degrenia, http://www.revlisad.com). Rev Degrenia is a United Methodist Clergy. She currently serves Trinity UMC in Sarasota, Florida.

 

Matthew 8

Jesus heals a leper.

When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; 2and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” 3He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

 

Jesus, hear our prayer

For the quarantined

The stranded

Those feeling isolated

And those being treated as diseased outcasts

End the prejudice and mistreatment

Make us one in you

Lord, hear our prayer

 

Jesus heals a centurion’s servant who is paralyzed.

5When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him 6and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” 7And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.” 8The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” 10When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the servant was healed in that hour.

 

Jesus, hear our prayer

For those feeling paralyzed

by fear

by uncertainty

by the markets

For business owners and all unable to work

For students and educators as schools close

For congregations unable to gather

Lord, hear our prayer

Jesus, hear our prayer

For those, like the Centurion, risking much to help others

Medical professionals and researchers

Health Departments, the CDC, and the WHO

Cleaning crews

First responders

Those who work in assisted living facilities and nursing homes

Like the Centurion, grant us all great faith

And the strength to ask for help

Lord, hear our prayer

 

Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law who is bedridden with a fever.

14When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; 15he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. 16That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. 17This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

 

Jesus, hear our prayer

For equal access to testing and treatment

For virus carriers and authorities to make wise choices

For an end to this pandemic

Heal all who are sick with the virus and those who will become sick

Raise them from their sickbeds to bless their homes and communities

Lord, hear our prayer

 

Jesus heals the Gadarene Demoniacs.

28When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29Suddenly they shouted, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. 31The demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.” 32And he said to them, “Go!” So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water. 33The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. 34Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.

 

Deliver us from evil, Jesus

End its destructive influence

Turn the hearts of all who use this pandemic for selfish gain

Deliver us from panic, Jesus

Help all who are struggling with their mental health

All whose souls are screaming

We welcome your presence and peace

Lord, hear our prayer

 

Jesus stills the storm.

23And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”

 

The situation is beyond us, Jesus

It feels out of control and dangerous

We are swamped

We are perishing

Save us, Jesus

The waves of news and need overwhelm us

But not you

You calm the storm

You bring good out of this great need

You hear our prayer

Glory to your Holy Name. Amen.

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