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Please see a letter from our Vicar, Pete Snow, below.
Dear brothers and sisters,
This Coronavirus pandemic continues to be a very hard time for all of us - with some in our church family facing severe tests.
I am very proud of the way our church has shown itself to be a family during these times. Thank you to all those who have befriended, encouraged, reached out and prayed with others. May I urge you to make a godly habit out of this in the weeks to come? In God’s economy this time may be a great moment of de-centralising the nation’s churches and bringing a great groundswell of grassroots church activity. Let’s continue being creative in our ministry and think up ways to do good!
We continue to wait for the Lord (Psalm 130:5). Please join me in waiting on him in prayer: every day, in private or household prayer; every week, in our Wednesday prayer meetings; and every Sunday, as we continue meeting together. The dawn will come.
With grace to you all through our Lord Jesus,
Pete Snow (Pastor)
Here is an amplification of the Lord’s prayer for you or household:
Our Father in heaven – thank you for Jesus in whom you have adopted us as your beloved children. Help us remember that sickness and death will never separate us from your love, believe you will be with us through whatever lies ahead, and trust you are fully in control and perfectly good;
Hallowed be your name – we pray this crisis will result in much praise for you – that believers will be strengthened in their faith and unbelievers will recognise our human frailty and mortality and turn from sin to worship you;
Your kingdom come – Lord Jesus, return soon to rescue us from this world of pain. And as far as this virus spreads, we pray your kingdom will grow further, in the hearts of people of all nations finding in Jesus the sure hope of resurrection into your new creation, free from sickness, suffering and death to enjoy you forever;
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven – Father, we rejoice in your sovereign power. In your mercy, please end Covid-19 soon, deliver us and all your people through this crisis, and may your gracious plans to save the lost be advanced by this season of humbling;
Give us this day our daily bread – thank you for dedicated doctors, nurses and other NHS staff, for our government and its advisors - please grant them the wisdom and endurance they need; sustain us with the daily bread of Christ crucified for our sins, in the living bread of your Word; reassure us when we’re anxious, heal us when we’re sick, strengthen us when we must die, comfort us in our bereavement, and embolden us to share the gospel of Jesus, the living bread we all need;
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us – have mercy where we have presumed upon our health, forgotten our frailty, or neglected to thank you for your daily care and protection; forgive us because Christ died for our sins, count us acceptable in his perfect righteousness, and in the light of your mercy, help us show mercy to all;
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil – deliver us through this time of testing – help us resist every temptation to doubt your love; help us stand firm in our faith against Satan’s lies, knowing that all over the world, your people are enduring the same kind of trials;
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.
St Paul’s Harringay is a vibrant church in the heart of North London. We are a family on mission, treasuring Jesus Christ together. We love Jesus, love people, love Harringay.