Living God

may your loving arms

surround all who grieve and mourn,

those who are ill

at home or in hospital,

and all those who care for them,

or who put their lives at risk

to maintain essential services.

Be with those

whose physical and mental health

is suffering as a result of lock-down.

Inspire those in leadership

with wisdom and compassion,

and guide scientists seeking a vaccine.

May new bonds of neighbourliness,

continue to bind our communities together,

and may our planet be renewed

as we learn new ways of living.

Amen.