Bishop Keith has suggested this prayer to guide us.

Take one hand and look at:

  • Your thumb – pray for your church community and family;
  • Your first finger – pray for the NHS and those medical researchers looking for a vaccine;
  • Your second finger – pray for the Government and all those making tough decisions;
  • Your third finger – pray for those in care homes and working with the most vulnerable in our communities; and
  • Little finger – pray for individuals known to you and yourself.

Each prayer focus for each thumb and finger could itself open up into prayer personally, locally, nationally, and globally.

Take the other hand and read out loud:

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12) and let your thumb and each finger represent one of these “clothes” we are to put on:

  • Thumb – compassion
  • First finger – kindness
  • Second finger – humility
  • Third finger – meekness
  • Little finger – patience

When you pray, put your hands together, and let the “clothing” of one hand touch the people and places in the other, and see what God does.  Bishop Keith

For those struggling due to this crisis, and those seeking to help them

So many are worried, Lord. Calm their fears.

So many are hurting. Tend their wounds.

So many are grieving. Comfort them.

So many are lonely. Assure them of your presence.

So many are vulnerable. Protect them.

So many are struggling to make ends meet. Provide for them.

So many are despairing. Encourage them.

So many are sick. Heal them.

So many are seeking to bring help to those infected. Equip and enable them.

So many are looking to defeat this disease. Guide them.

So many are in need, Lord, and so many more soon will be.

Reach out to them in love, tenderness and mercy, and see them safely through. Amen

Nick Fawcett For Such a Time as This


May we never walk in solitude or fear, but the fellowship of the Spirit warm our hearts,

the love of the Saviour bring us joy and the shelter of the Father’s arms forever keep us safe. Amen

(Fragrant Offering: A Daily Prayer Cycle in the Celtic Tradition John Birch)


Celtic Daily Prayer

Christ as a light illumine and guide me.

Christ as a shield overshadow me.

Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.  Amen 

(Celtic Daily Prayer From the Northumbria Community)