In response to the COVID-19 virus, the congregation is recommending that everyone in the church family pause at 9:00 a.m. each day, light a candle if you can (or put on the light on your cell phone. . .), and offer the prayer which follows. Doing this together in spirit will help us to feel connected and bonded as a congregation. You are encouraged to respond with a comment as part of our connecting as a church family and beyond.
This devotion is based on the mission statement of Lakewood United Church of Christ.
The mission of Lakewood United Church of Christ as part of the Church Universal –
In this time of global pandemic we realize that around the world people are facing the same threat. We are in solidarity as a species with common vulnerability. We are all at risk and we are all needed to cooperate in our response.
May we celebrate the presence and power of God in our lives and in our world –
We see the presence of Infinite Love the world over as people comply with drastic restrictions for the good of family, neighbors, friends, strangers, and even enemies. We give thanks for the sacrifice of so many especially in the medical science and healthcare professions. We are grateful for the generosity of compassion and care that we see around us.
May we offer the hospitality and inclusive love of Christ to all people –
In this time of social distancing, isolation, and quarantine may we reach out in love especially to those who feel lost, alone, and forgotten.
May we be mindful of the hardship this situation creates for children and families as well as elders.
May we extend kindness and compassion to those we encounter and may we convey support to our leaders, healthcare workers, and all those working to sustain society.
May we work for God’s peace and justice throughout Creation –
We realize that the restrictions and limitations forced upon us by this threat hit some people much harder than others. Disparities in access to healthcare, technology, and financial resources magnify the suffering facing humanity at this time. May we be aware and responsive to the needs of others as we are able.
We are also mindful that this time of reduced human activity is providing respite and renewal for the natural world which sustains us.
May this experience of unprecedented global threat strengthen the bonds of the web of life and deepen our connection to Infinite Love. Amen.