On the day that UK worship communities are finally allowed once again to meet to worship in person and many, although not all, are doing so  – following strict guidelines – and the day we also give thanks on our National Health Service’s 72nd anniversary, we share a prayer written last month by Coventry Cathedral’s pioneer ministry, St Clare’s at the Cathedral , which seems to sum up so many of the enormous issues that we are all across the world facing in 2020.

A Litany for 2020 

This litany was written in June 2020, on the week of the 3rd anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster, and during the PRIDE month. However, it also offers prayers re climate change, Black Lives Matter and the global pandemic. You are welcome to adapt it to reflect the current issues in this eventful year. https://stclaresatthecathedral.org/worship-resources/

“When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

God of compassion, we come before you this morning in our helplessness. Hear the cries of our hearts.

That those whose died in terror in the flames of Grenfell, may rest in peace
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That those whose lives were ripped apart through injury, grief or loss that fearful night, may find hope and healing
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That those who still live in housing that risks their health and wellbeing, may be given the dignity of homes that are safe
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That those in positions of authority may use their voice to speak out for the voiceless and the oppressed
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That all those who have died through police violence, may rest in peace
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That the voices of those who protest against the racism that infects institutions, governments and nations do not fall on deaf ears
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That those who have learned to hate, learned to think that they are superior to others, learned to use violence to get their way, may have their eyes opened, their hearts convicted and their lives changed.
God of compassion

Hear our prayerThat all those with privilege, authority or power, may have the courage to be humble, to listen and to learn.
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That those who have died from this terrible virus, may rest in peace
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That those who grieve may find hope and healing
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That those who livelihoods have been devastated by this pandemic may find the strength to continue
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That those who live in fear of violence or abuse in lockdown may find refuge and freedom
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That those who are ill may be made well
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That governments may act with wisdom and care for all their people
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That the injustices that have led to the poor and disadvantaged being most affected by this pandemic, may be challenged and changed
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That the beautiful diversity of your creation may be embraced and celebrated
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That there may be an end to homophobia, transphobia and all fear of difference
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That the spirit of PRIDE may continue, even without the physical marches
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That there may be an end to the continued misuse and destruction of our beautiful planet
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That as we emerge from this pandemic, nations may work together for a more sustainable future
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That Brexit negotiations may be conducted in a spirit of goodwill for all people
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That the poor may be lifted up, that the sick may be healed, that the oppressed may be set free
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That the good news of the kingdom of God be proclaimed in every corner of the world
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

That we have the courage to be workers, speaking up against injustice wherever we find it, and sharing the love of Christ with all those in need
God of compassion
Hear our prayer

Reverends Charlotte Gale and Naomi Nixon, St Clare’s at the Cathedral

CCN Thought for the Week for 5th July – A Litany for 2020: St Clare’s at the Cathedral
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