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This Sunday evening, we’re invited to join together all over the nation in praying for God’s hope, help and healing for us as a nation right now.

As a symbol for Christ being the everlasting light, even in the darkest of times – we’re invited to light a candle and put it on display in one of our windows for the world to see our unity and our hope.

A statement on Church Times from Senior Church Leaders ends by saying:

“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.”

As you light your candle, you may like to remember the power of Jesus:

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1.5)

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” (John 1.9)

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life!” (John 8.12)

And also that the flame has been passed onto us!

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5.14-16)

Let’s pray for Jesus’ hope, grace and peace to be seen and bring glory to our Father in heaven!