National Call To Prayer

Home » Latest News » National Call To Prayer
Candle in window

Light a candle of hope: A national call to prayer

Presidents of Churches Together in England have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is for all churches and people of prayer to join on Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday.

They write....

This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.

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

Whether you are continuing to worship as congregations or not, we have the great privilege and freedom to be able to call upon God, wherever we are, individually and corporately, for healing in our nation. We would pray for all in leadership at this time, making decisions about the containment of the COVID-19 virus, for those working in health and social care, and especially for the most vulnerable, whether elderly or those with underlying health conditions.

There are already stories being told of wonderful acts of kindness across neighbourhoods. Alongside your prayers, take the opportunity to telephone or email someone who is isolated, buy some additional food for your local foodbank, or offer to deliver shopping for an elderly neighbour. We may not be able to touch physically, but we can make connections in so many other ways.

In the meantime, do please attend to all the government health advice that will be issued, and look out for resources from your specific church governing bodies. At least for those of us in the global North, we do seem to be in unusual times, and wisdom and flexibility about worship gatherings are a key part of our Christian discipleship during this period.

We note that this call to prayer and action comes on Mothering Sunday: a time of thankfulness, remembering especially mothers who have served us, often in very costly ways. It is also a very mixed day for many. For some the remembrance is painful, and for others Mothering Sunday is a reminder of disappointment or loss. In many ways, this period under the shadow of the coronavirus will be prompting similarly diverse reactions and so it seems especially appropriate that the call to prayer is made this Sunday. At this time of uncertainty join in with the National Day of Prayer and Action, lighting a candle of hope.

"Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you" 1 Peter 5:7

Presidents of Churches Together in England

  • Archbishop Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Cardinal Vincent Nichols, The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster
  • Revd Dr Hugh Osgood, The Free Churches Moderator
  • Archbishop Angaelos of London, CTE President for the Orthodox Churches
  • Pastor Agu Irukwu, CTE Pentecostal President

You may also be interested in

Mary at Bethany
Holy Week Prayer

Monday of Holy Week Our journey through Holy Week has begun....The attached PDF (below the picture) is a mediation on the Gospel passage set for today — the story of Jesus visiting the home of Lazarus, Martha and Mary...Read the Bible passage first — John 12.1-11... then slowly read through the mediation taking time to pause and reflect on the message that comes through to...

Palm Sunday Montage
News from Christ Church: Sun 05 Apr 11:25am

During the past week many of the members of Christ Church, Waltham Cross have been making and sharing their Palm Crosses via the church whatsapp group which has 42 participants (and rising!).Today they were 'virtual' blessed by our Vicar, Revd Teresa Wynne and it has to be said the whole act of making and sharing our crosses has been a real blessing for us all.We're sharing...

A service of light and darkness 01
Prayer & Worship: Fri 03 Apr 10:07pm

We offer you this simple service of readings and prayer for use at home on Good Friday Evening to reflect on the Matthew's account of Jesus' passion. You might use it alone or with other people who live with you. The service includes responses but if you are alone you can say it all yourself. With more people you can share out the readings and prayers. You could also listen to...

© 2012 - 2020 Herts and Essex Border Ecumenical Area

Methodist, United Reformed Church and Anglican Churches in Partnership