Gentle a Candle of Hope: A nationwide name to prayer amid the coronavirus pandemic

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On Mother's Sunday, March 22nd, we call all churches to a national day of prayer and action. At a time when there is so much fear and great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future he has.

Light a candle in the windows of your houses this Sunday at 7pm, as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.

Regardless of whether you continue to worship as churches or not, we have the great privilege and freedom to call on God wherever we are individually and collectively for healing in our nation. At this point, we would pray for all leaders and make decisions about how to curb the COVID-19 virus, for those working in the health and social sectors, and especially for the most vulnerable, whether the elderly or those with underlying conditions Health conditions.

Stories are already being told about wonderful, friendly actions in different parts of the city. In addition to your prayers, take the opportunity to call or email someone who is isolated, buy additional groceries for your local grocery bank, or offer shopping to an elderly neighbor. We may not be able to touch physically, but we can make connections in so many other ways.

In the meantime, please take care of all government health advice that is issued and look for resources from your specific church governing bodies. At least for those of us in the global north, we seem to be in unusual times, and wisdom and flexibility in church meetings are an integral part of our Christian discipleship at that time.

We find that this call to prayer and action comes on Mother's Sunday: a time of gratitude when we particularly remember mothers who have served us, often in a very costly way. For many it is also a very mixed day. For some, the memory is painful, and for others, Mother's Sunday is a memory of disappointment or loss.

In many ways, this time in the shadow of the corona virus will produce similarly different responses, and it is therefore particularly appropriate that the call to prayer be made this Sunday. During this period of uncertainty, take part in the National Day of Prayer and Action and light a candle of hope.

"Throw all your fear on him because he cares about you" 1 Peter 5: 7

Church presidents together in England

Archbishop Justin Welby,The Archbishop of Canterbury

Cardinal Vincent Nichols,The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Rev. Dr. Hugh Osgood,The moderator of the free churches

Archbishop Angaelos of London, CTE President for the Orthodox Churches

Pastor Agu Irukwu, CTEPentecost President

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