O Great Shepherd,
because of you, we lack nothing.
Even in these challenging times,
you provide for us
in unexpected ways,
granting opportunities to rest
from the hustle and bustle
of our normal lives,
and satisfying our thirst for connection
through alternative means.
We give thanks for the reminder
to draw closer as a community
even as we practice social-distancing,
to support one another
and to lend a helping hand.

Thank you, Lord,
for leading us down new paths
toward relationship with you and
with one another,
for giving us tools for doing it
that protect our most vulnerable
while encouraging them
and lifting them up.

Mighty Fortress,
protect us all as we walk through
valleys of uncertainty,
and remove all sense of fear and panic.
Make your presence known to us
as you guide and direct us,
support and teach us,
so that we, in turn, might learn from you
how to do the same for others.
Particularly we pray for those
in the thick of this battle,
fighting for the lives of those
who struggle to breathe freely.

Healing Redeemer,
place your healing hand upon the tired,
the weak,
the undernourished,
the overwrought,
the targets of judgment,
the grieving,
and even those who hoard out of fear and greed, we pray.
and give them strength and courage to carry on.

You prepare a feast of hope for us,
in the midst of the chaos.
You bless us with grace until our cups
For your steadfast love and faithfulness
we are grateful
every day of our lives,
and with loud praises
we lift our hearts to you.

Julie Gvillo is Commissioned Pastor (PCUSA) and Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace. Julie shares liturgy written on RCL passages each week on her blog, Point of Contact: Where Life and Worship Intersect.

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