Day 48 – Monday 17 August 2020 – Utility Workers

Good morning and welcome to day 48 in our 85-day prayer initiative for Ryde and the surrounding areas.

I’m Samantha Martell, Vicar for the parishes of All Saints in Ryde
and St Michael and All Angels in Swanmore.

Today we are praying for more of our unsung heroes, yet ones on whom we rely without even thinking about it – until something goes wrong.

We are, of course, grateful for our NHS and private nurses, doctors, physician assistants, respiratory therapists and so many others in the medical field.

We’re also grateful for people who work in grocery stores, the restaurants delivering and offering road-side and takeaway food, and all the delivery workers bringing packages to those of us self-quarantining or social distancing at home.

When sending up thanks for all these people, many of us forget another critical job that must go on during the COVID-19 pandemic: So today we are praying for all of our local utility workers who keep our water clean and flowing, our internet running and our lights, computers and laptops, fridges, freezers, phone chargers, fans and heaters, microwaves, washing machines, toasters, kettles and many other household gadgets — on.

Colossians 3:13-15 reminds us to:

‘Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

So let us pray:

God of Peace, in these days when we are busier than ever, remind us that we should use things and love people, not love things and use people; and at times when what we want doesn’t fit with what you want, grant us the grace to be patient and forgiving, through Jesus Christ our lord, Amen

May I invite you to join us this evening at 7pm for 15 minutes of prayer on today’s theme of Utility Workers, and if you are out and about today and see anyone working for a utility company do thank them, and tell them they are appreciated!

Thank you and goodbye for now.

Please join us this evening at 7pm for our daily Zoom prayer meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/96569728174?pwd=eVBXckx5RE1pU0I3Y3FnWXBwZGRidz09