Prayer for Health Care Workers
(by Captain Lyman M Smith, CHC, USN Retired, – modified)

Compassionate God, We ask your blessing on those who provide the ministry of healing to all those impacted by COVID19. Guide, bless, and encourage your health care workers who willingly jeopardize their own, and their family’s health and safety to confront sickness, disease and dying. Enable them to decrease death, relieve suffering and assist in the healing process.  Bless them as they labor in stressful, anxious, and sometimes threatening settings. Keep them close in your loving embrace.

Guide researchers as they seek greater understanding of this virus and help them develop vaccines and treatments which will reduce suffering and death.

Encourage the families of health care workers as they support them in their call, knowing that through their loved ones, lives are saved and your tenderness is known.

Provide your health care workers rest during wearisome hours of constant demand. Dispense comfort in moments of loss or setback. Grant peace that goes beyond human understanding.

In our present surroundings which tempt us to despair, may we all come together as part of your global community and embrace the love of Christ for all precious souls.

In your mercy Holy God, grant health and continue to bless those you have called to be your hands and feet in healing and the provision of care. May they always know how thankful we are for their gifts, service, and sacrifice. For we do pray. Amen.

Scripture Reading: John 12:20-26
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.  Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.”

Reflection Questions:
Who do you miss seeing?
What goodness is rippling out from within you?
How are you honoring God?

Prayer:
Holy God, for my family and friends, for all my sisters and brothers in You, I give You thanks. They make me better and more faithful.  During  this week guide me to be creative in safe ways, while I serve You by caring for those in need.  Amen.

 

Worship Opportunities During Holy Week

Wednesday Evening Prayer Service via livestream begins at 6:45 p.m. and lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.

Maundy Thursday Worship Service via livestream begins at 4:00 p.m.  We will observe communion during the service (any kind of juice or water will do / bread or crackers) or you can come to the church for “drive through” communion between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. We will be at the Crestwood Parking Lot (the youth house side).  We will use individual packaged communion elements and we will be following the recommended safety precautions.

Good Friday Worship via livestream will take place at noon.  We will be joining the Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church for this service.

Easter Lilies.  If you would like an Easter Lily you can pick one up at the church, this Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Crestwood Parking Lot (the youth house side). You can also pick up extra to deliver to folks who are not getting out.

Dr. Kathleen Weller’s Sacred Space is 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings via facebook, Peace River Spirituality, or you can go to our website.

 

Announcements

Take a picture of yourself worshiping at home and email it to us. We would like to share with our PIne Shores family on Sunday.

Send prayer requests to karen@pineshorespres.org.

Check out Virtual Children’s Church and JOY Company with Miss Allison by going to Pine Shores Presbyterian Church homepage.

If you would like to receive “These days”, a daily devotion, please email Karen@pineshorespres.org.  We have a limited amount.

 

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