St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Bethel, Connecticut
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Coronavirus Response

 

Our hearts go out to all who are affected by COVID-19.  Our prayers are with you.

 

Our building is closed until further notice.   We encourage you to invite family and friends to join us for online worship until we can safely worship in person.  We also encourage you to practice spatial distancing and wear a mask when distancing is not possible.


Meanwhile we ask your prayers for

  • Those infected with COVID-19
  • Healthcare workers, first responders and their families
  • Those with compromised immune systems
  • The homeless and those in prison
  • Those who have lost income due to the virus
  • Those facing prejudice
As we practice spatial distancing, may we also practice compassion and generosity and draw close to God and each other.

 

Norma Schmidt, Rector

 

A Prayer in this time of challenge by Bishop Larry Duffy  (adapted)

 

God of Love, we turn to you with prayerful hearts and with confidence in your loving presence among us now and in every moment of our lives. We stand before you as a people of hope, trusting in your care and protection. May we be comforted by your love in these anxious times. Amen.

 

Generous and Merciful God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old; that we may look after each other in these challenging times, especially those among us who are vulnerable. May your example give us the courage we need to go to the margins, wherever they may be. Heal us of our fear. Amen.

 

Healing God, bring healing to those who are sick with the Coronavirus and be with their families and neighbors. We pray especially who those who are isolated, that they may know your love. Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.  Amen.

 

God of Strength, accompany all those who serve us with such love and generosity in the medical profession and in all our healthcare facilities.  We give thanks for their continued work in the service of people. We ask you to bless them, strengthen them and guide them with your abundant goodness. Amen.

 

God of Wisdom, we ask you to guide the leaders in healthcare and governance; that they may make the right decisions for the wellbeing of people. Amen.

 

O God of creation and God of life, we place ourselves and our world in your protection and love. May your peace be with us and enfold us today, tomorrow and during the time ahead. Amen.