Let us pray for the church and for the world, and let us thank God for his goodness.

Heavenly Father, we bring before you the needs of your church around the world.  As Christians follow you through this Holy Week, often isolated in their homes, we pray that they will sense your presence with them.  Come alongside all who suffer or who are anxious to bring reassurance and hope.  Help us to follow in the steps of your Son on the way of the cross to Calvary and to the Easter dawn of resurrection and new life.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

Holy God, we hold in prayer the suffering world, remembering all those who have responsibility for leading us through these testing times.  Give wisdom to governments and to all who advise and help form decision making through these dark days.  May we all commit ourselves to helping to fight the spread of this coronavirus, and may we always be aware of the needs of others around us.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

And now we lift before you, Lord, the needs of our local communities, the villages of this benefice.  We ask your blessing on our efforts to reach out and help the elderly and the vulnerable at this time.  We pray also for those who have the care of children, now that school has stopped.  Help us all to face the challenges that lie ahead, so that your love may be shown in our service to those in need.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

Heavenly Father, we ask that you be with all who serve in the National Health Service at this time.  Bless doctors and nurses as they battle against this virus.  Protect them from harm, and give them the wisdom and the courage to know how best to treat those suffering in hospital or at home.  We pray now for any known to us who are sick, with coronavirus or any other illness.  In our benefice prayers we remember especially Stella Callaway, Margot Mulligan Scaife, Gordon Grist, Frances Webb, Peggie Scullin, Esther Hann, Pat Didcock, Clive and Annie Earp, Denise Townhill, Jude Curtis, and Jane Sinclair.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

We commend into your hands, dear Lord, those who have died.  This week we remember how Jesus himself passed through death to new life, and we pray that our loved ones may share in that journey to the new life you promise us.  We remember especially Brenda Gardner, Isabella Stubbington, Percy Earley, Peter Saunt and Mary Whitehouse.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.