PSALM 46 (NRSV)

1 God is our refuge and strength,
  a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
  though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
  though the mountains tremble with its tumult. . .

5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
  God will help it when the morning dawns.
6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
   he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge. . .

10 “Be still, and know that I am God! . .
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.

PRAYER

Most gracious and compassionate God,

In this time of great trouble, when it seems as if the whole world is in an uproar, we come before you.  We trust that you are with us, that you are our refuge to protect us from this invisible storm, that you are our strength upholding our fearful hearts, that your Spirit is our Comforter who calms our uncertain fear.

Help us O God to be still, and know in the deepest part of our being, that you are our God.

We pray for your divine guidance of those who have the responsibility of making decisions.  Guide them to receive and share accurate information, to discern wise responses and give clear and thoughtful directions.

We pray for medical staff who care for all who are sick.  Protect their health O God, that their important task of healing and care may continue. 

We pray for those scientists who are developing treatments and vaccines that will protect us. 

And we pray for those who are most at risk and vulnerable, especially those who are older and those who are poor. 

The psalmist calls us to “Be still and know that you are God.”  In the fearful noise of our hearts, and in the silence of this moment, help us to be still and know your presence with us. 

Come now, Holy Spirit, and fill our hearts with your peace in our silence . . .