Prayers for health, social care and key workers

Loving God, we place into your care all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. Give them courage of heart and strength of mind and body. Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus. God of all consolation, may they know your protection and peace. Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Lord in your mercy, hear us.  


God of grace and mercy, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health; Lord in your mercy, hear us.  


Thank you Lord, for the health workers tending the seriously ill; for the scientists working on a vaccination; for the researchers analysing data and identifying trends; for the media outlets working to communicate reality; for the supermarket workers, hygiene and sanitation providers; for the good news stories of recoveries and effective planning; for the singing from balconies by locked-down communities; for the recognition that isolation doesn’t need to mean loneliness; for the notes through letterboxes offering help and support; for the internet and telephones and technology that connects; for the awakened appreciation of what is truly important. Lord in your mercy, hear us.  

A prayer for medical workers everywhere

Restoring and healing God, thank you for medical workers everywhere, embodying sacrificial love in these challenging times putting the welfare of others before their own, staying away from their family and loved ones, comforting the concerned and bereaved, reassuring the anxious and vulnerable, working to heal and restore people who are ill.

Be their guide, strength, wisdom and hope.  We pray for those in authority to do right by them for proper protective equipment to be provided and for their dedication to be met with much gratitude and appreciation when they return home, exhausted.

And we pray for medical workers around the world, where resources and protective equipment are always in short supply, not only now but always.

May these extraordinary times lead to deep and necessary changes in how our world works, resulting in a genuine effort to address the profound injustice of life expectancy being determined by geography, to awaken us all to the reality of how connected we all are and to work together to create the community and world we all want to be part of. Lord in your mercy, hear us.