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Pray for Ambrose
Pray for Ambrose
A place for Ambrose students, staff, and friends to pray and be encouraged in these unsettled times.
Let us pray… (requests updated March 30, 2020 by Terry Fach, Campus Chaplain)
For Students—we ask for encouragement and discipline as they continue the transition to online classes and complete term assignments; that fears and anxieties about all that cannot be controlled in these extraordinary times would be put to rest; that the disruptions of moving out of residence and the abrupt changes in routines will not distract them from tasks demanding their full attention; and that physical distancing and reduced personal contacts would draw them closer to Christ and to each other.
For those anticipating graduation—grant them your peace, O Lord, at the disappointment of graduation ceremonies that cannot take place as originally planned; and perseverance to complete their final classes and capstone projects.
For those supporting student well-being—in IT, in Student Success, in Community Life, Counsellors, Chaplains, Communications, Registrar’s Office, and student leaders: grant them wisdom and clarity of purpose as they identify and support the needs of students in new and sometimes challenging circumstances.
For teachers—for patience as they manage new working arrangements from home and continue to gain confidence working with online delivery technologies; and vocational inspiration as they prepare and deliver lectures, labs, and upcoming exams.
For the President, the Cabinet, the Board of Governors, and all administrative staff—for insight, courage, and compassion in their leadership of Ambrose University, in their communication with government officials, in their management of resources, and in their stewardship of the Ambrose mission.
For imagination—in the midst of unplanned disruptions like this one, to see new ways to be a caring community of learners, new ways to prepare men and women for redemptive vocations in the church and society; and to see our present challenges during this global Covid19 pandemic as the gift of an opportunity to learn trust and grow deeper in faith.
For our city, our country, our world—for the hundreds of thousands who are recovering from COVID-19, their families, and for those who have lost their loved ones to the pandemic; for the health-care providers and professionals who put their own health at risk to care for so many; for an adequate supply of medical resources and protective equipment to respond to the novel coronavirus; for governments and their leaders worldwide, for wisdom as they make important decisions on behalf of their people; for success in the development of a vaccine that will stop the contagion; for the spiritual and mental health of the millions who are experiencing anxiety and fear about a future they cannot know; for church leaders everywhere, that their organizations, local churches, and ministries would be a balm for the sick and weary.
Pause in God's presence:
We have a strong city;
he sets up victory
like walls and bulwarks.
Open the gates,
so that the righteous nation that keeps faith
may enter in.
Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—
in peace because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for in the Lord God
you have an everlasting rock.
-Isaiah 26:1b-4 (NRSV)
May the eternal God bless and keep us, guard our bodies, save our souls, direct our thoughts, and bring us safe to the heavenly country, our eternal home, where Father, Son and Holy Spirit ever reign, one God for ever and ever.
-Sarum Breviary, 12th century