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Coronavirus - Call to prayer


We need to pray.  

Looking at this striking image reminds us that it is in wintertime that the essential shape and structure of the tree is made plain.  Finding ourselves caught up in a global pandemic is challenging and is going to reveal the essential nature of our discipleship.  

Like the early disciples our call is to follow Jesus in the midst of everything that life throws at us (2 Corinthians 1:8-9). As we do, we know that Christ is with us, God’s Holy Spirit is empowering us and that we have the precious gift of prayer.  Despite severe suffering Paul encourages the Thessalonian believers to be joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances (I Thessalonians 5:16) and we need to hear this as God’s word for us today.  

Each one of our churches has a vital part to play in being a Beacon of Hope at the moment.  Our neighbours and communities need love, hope, peace and an eternal perspective and we can offer this in abundance, in the name of Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:18).

We want to call all our churches to prayer and provide you with some words and ideas to help because we believe in the power of our collective prayers and actions at this time. 

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Please use these prayers yourself, with your church and in your communities as we turn to our God asking for healing, help, hope for all those affected by the Coronavirus in the UK and around the world.  Please embody these prayers too in the many practical opportunities that will come your way to love your neighbour.

We are praying with you.

Ken Benjamin - President, Baptist Union of Great Britain
Kang San Tan - BMS General Director
Lynn Green - General Secretary, Baptist Union of Great Britain
Diane Watts - Team Leader, Faith & Society

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