Covid-19 Offerings from Northern Nevada's Interfaith Community

April 12, 2020: Offering from Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno

Christians are not new to paradox. We follow the One we believe to be “true God and true Man.” We are commanded to love our enemies. Jesus often told us “the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” Kingship means servanthood. We believe each human person is unique, special, unrepeatable – just like everyone else.  

God of all creation, in this time of widespread suffering and worry, help us to gain new insights into the marvels, the paradoxes, and the oneness of this creation. In having to stay physically separate from one another, we now see clearly how interconnected the life of all humanity truly is. We must be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. St. Paul speaks this paradox: when I am weak, I am strong. We acknowledge our weakness now, our craving for answers to these strange days, our fumbling to figure out best practices to save lives, our frustrations at misinformation, misunderstanding, and helplessness in the face of widespread suffering. Help us to remember that in this state of weakness, our strength can be found in listening for your voice. At this anxious time, we pray more fervently the paradoxical understandings of St. Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

Submitted by Rita Sloan
Coordinator, Life Peace & Justice Commission
Catholic Diocese of Reno
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April 12, 2020: Offering from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Devotional Submission for the Week of the Annual State Prayer Meeting

From the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible we have these words from the Prophet Jeremiah:

“…the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and my God has become my  strength,…” 

In these days of the Pandemic with the coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic we are very much aware of our fears, but more so, of our mortality. The Christian Church at this moment are in the final days of Lent, a season of penitential introspection and actions as we are reminded that the season began some 40 days prior with Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Lent was observed with ashes being placed on our foreheads with the words:

“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Lent is a season that immediately strikes us with the reality of our own mortality.

But this is not a time of fear. Rather it is a challenge to seek the goodness that God has endowed us to have. We are nothing outside of the One who created us and breathed life into us. This is the Lord who gives and takes away, for we are created in God’s divine image to be God’s living presence with this earthly pilgrimage. When we pass from this world we die to this world, but not to life; we are simply changed and come into a new life in and through our God and Creator. This is what gives us the ability to know that no evil, even death, will have the victory. It is with such hope, grace and love that we are a “resurrection people,” able to love and support one another during good and bad times.


Submitted by the Very Rev. Dr. William L. Stomski
Dean and Rector, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
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April 11, 2020: Offering from Renown Health Spiritual Center

Blessings for Healthcare Workers and the Nation

Blessed are the ones who cannot be isolated.
Blessed are the doctors, nurses, chaplains, and hospital staff.
Blessed are the hands that are raw from scrubbing and sanitizing.
Blessed are the shoulders that carry the weight of life and death.
Blessed are the feet that are aching from standing at bedside and running between rooms.
Blessed are the hearts that are frightened and breaking.
Blessed are the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers, partners and friends who cannot go home.
Blessed are those who sacrifice their own comfort so that we need not be alone in our suffering.
Blessed are those who look upon this sacred work as gift.
Blessed are those who have had enough.
Blessed are those who are overwhelmed.
Blessed are those who lack the space to process all that lies ahead.
Blessed are those weeping in secret corners of an emergency room so that we might see a strong face to meet our need.
Blessed are those who weep openly with us, so that even our tears have companions.
Blessed are you, O God: quietly holding each one of us along the way.

Adapted from ” A Blessing for Healthcare Workers in a Time of Pandemic”
from St Mary’s College in Indiana

God our Sanctuary, gather us when separated into your presence.
God our Physician, heal those who have contracted the virus.
God our Comforter, embrace all who mourn the dead.
God our Homeland, sustain all who are quarantined.
God our Friend, accompany all who are alone or afraid.
God our Guardian, protect physicians and nurses.
God our Hope, assist researchers searching for a vaccine.
God our Mighty Fortress, preserve our societies from devastation.
God our Governor, guide the leaders of nations toward wise policies.
God of Everlasting Arms, in you we live and move and have our being.
God our Creator, make once again a world of sabbath rest.
God our Savior, redeem the suffering world by your cross.
God our Light, shine your radiant peace into our darkness.

Adapted from “O God in our global distress”
by Gail Ramshaw

Submitted by Chaplain Brent Hoy-Bianchi
Renown Health
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April 10, 2020: Offering from Native American Community

Dear God, Creator of all creation,

At times we are obstructed to pray. For we do not know where to begin. We wait on your guidance and illumination. During this time of a destructive pandemic, everyone is affected. We come to realize how interconnected we are one to another. We pause to realize the fragility of our existence. The relationships with nature, animals – our pets, ecologically – within our home, workplace, places of worship, and everyday gatherings. Our safe spaces have become places of concern and deliberation, may we find refuge in the secret place of the most high.

In these trying times of uncertainty, let us give thanks for all of Gods provision. We are grateful for clean air, clean water, and the land that sustains us. We are grateful for the relatives among us. We give thanks with a joyful heart for peace and comfort. Our admission of thanksgiving that we may, in turn, be able to give to others in their time of distress. We thank you for your Holy Spirit that is our Paracletus – comforter. Your blessings extends through us toward others in every way: physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually; holistically allow us to be image bearers of hope, faith, and charitable love.

We humble ourselves before your sight, we speak healing and restoration. We extend a petition of prayers spread as a woven blanket over humanity. We lift prayers to individuals, as well communities, as well as countries and nations. We pray for leaders in high positions and servants in meek service. Yet open our eyes that each are equal in gifting and talent essential for tasks set before them. As we grow closer to you allowing us to grow closer to one another.

Entrusted to the Almighty, your Kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Yeshua -JesuChristo you are our all in all, Great Physician, Prince of Peace, Mighty Counselor, Lord and Saviour. In you name we pray. All Benevolent Father, Son and Holy Ghost- Divine Trinity.

Submitted by Rev. Augustin Jorquez
Chaplain/Missionary and
Pastor, Hungry Valley Christian Fellowship
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April 10, 2020: Offering from UUFNN

Spirit of Life and Love, Mystery of All,

We give thanks for the gifts of life, beauty, and joy even in these difficult times.

May our hearts be open to finding compassion for ourselves, our companions, and strangers. 

We pray for those who are sick that they might find healing and comfort. We pray for all medical workers who are putting themselves at risk on the front lines of this pandemic.

We pray for the leadership of our country, state, and community that they will have the fortitude to make the difficult decisions that will help eradicate the virus.

We pray for those working on vaccines and treatments, that they might find wisdom and stamina for their work.

We pray that everyone will shelter in place in order to take care of everyone else.

May this extraordinary time bring about transformation for humanity and our earth.


Submitted by Rev. Karen Foster
Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada
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April 9, 2020: Offering from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Look to God for Shelter

Today we face a pandemic that unites our Northern Nevada interfaith community. We come to God from all religions and pray in our own way to a Heavenly Father who loves us. Our prayers are prayers of hope, prayers of faith, prayers to overcome fear believing that we are not alone because we know He will not desert us. 

This morning I had a coworker share that she had great fear.  Her eyes were filled with tears as she explained her personal circumstance with a daughter in New York and the many things that she felt helpless to do anything about.  

I thought of Job in the Old Testament.  In his many trials, he turned to God and was given peace.  Job 22:21, “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.”  Through prayer comfort is given, through prayer we receive peace, through prayer our relationship to God is strengthened so that we may find “shelter” from any storms that may come. 

As we all hunker down and do what our government officials ask us to do, we are told to “shelter in place.” As good Washoe County citizens, we physically stay at home. But there’s a spiritual component to “sheltering in place.”  

In Psalm 61:1-4 we read, look to God for “shelter.” 

“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed

“Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 

“For thou hast been a shelter for me and a strong tower from the enemy.  

“I will abide in thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.”

Peace comes as we trust in the “shelter of God’s protection.”

May God’s choicest blessings be yours and may joy and happiness fill your lives “thereby good shall come unto thee.” May we find “shelter” from our storm and peace in the only place where true peace is found.  

Submitted by Pamela Kellerstrass
Coordinator, Nevada Prayer Breakfast 2020
Public Affairs Interfaith Specialist,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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April 9, 2020: Offering from Children of Temple Earth

May the Sun

Bring you new energy by Day

May the Moon

Softly restore you by Night

May the Rain

Wash away your worries

May the Breeze

Blow away Negativity

May you walk

Gently through life and know

Its beauty all the days of your life.

Submitted by Ellyn Darrah
Children of Temple Earth
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April 8, 2020: Offering from Northern Nevada Muslim Community

Supplication for protection against diseases and pandemic

Praise be to Allah, the Creator of the universe and peace and blessings upon His Prophet, Muhammad (PBUH).

O’ Allah, we thank you for all the blessings You have bestowed upon us. We seek Your forgiveness and our well-being in this world and the Hereafter.

O’ Allah, Lord of the dominion over everything, we seek your protection from all evil.

O’ Allah, Lord of the heavens and the earth, Lord of the Magnificent Throne, Splitter of the grain, and Revealer of Torah, Injil and Quran, we seek refuge in Your complete words from the evil of everything. We ask You to shield us from the affliction, the epidemic and the tribulation and protect us, our families and our country.

O’ Allah, we ask You to open to us from the treasures of Your mercy what can cure us from every disease.

O’ Allah, Lord of mankind, remove the harm and cure the sick, You are the one who cures and there is no one besides You who can cure, grant such a cure which does not leave any disease behind.

O’ Allah, Lord of knowledge and power, lead the researchers and the doctors to find the cure for this disease.

O’ Allah, Lord of wisdom and compassion, give those in charge the wisdom and leadership to navigate us away from harm’s way. Let them render companionate and justice to all people. Let Your righteousness fill our nation.

O’ Allah, Lord of hope and glory, do not let our fear overcome our hope. Do not let our souls cripple by despair. Be our source of hope and guidance during all times.


Sumbitted by Mustafa Hadj Nacer
Northern Nevada Muslim Community

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April 8, 2020: Offering from Reno Buddhist Center

Buddhist Protection and Healing Blessing

Kannon Bodhisattva, inside your Mothering arms 
We seek protection from destructive forces that surround 
Protect the mind from hurtful thoughts and images 
Protect the mouth from speaking harsh and unnecessary words 
Protect the body from physical harm 
Protect our home from the energy that seeks to destroy 
Protect children and guide them to be of strong heart and mind in the face of adversity 
Protect our spirit and guide us this day 
For strength and power we find in you. 
Deep in our bones Kannon is alive, 
Deep in our cells and blood Life Force is strong, 
Deep in our heart and spirit, 
We believe healing will come. 
Abundant Life Force of the Universe flow in all of us, 
Banish this disease. 
From the blood, bones, and cells of all those afflicted 
We visualize healing now…We are healing now… 
Your Bodhisattva force is strong and healing now … 
A warm blanket of infinite compassion for the world! 

Submitted by the Revs. Matthew and Shelley Fisher
Resident Priests, Reno Buddhist Center
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April 7, 2020: Offering from Universal Society of Hinduism

Excerpted from the Rig-Veda, the world’s oldest extant scripture.

यो विश्वा॒भि वि॒पश्य॑ति॒ भुव॑ना॒ सं च॒ पश्य॑ति ।

 स नः॑ पू॒षावि॒ता भु॑वत् ॥


yah visva abhi vi-pasyati bhuvana sam ca pasyati

sah nah pusa avita bhuvat.


That which intensely oversees the universe from above

And fully sees the truth behind all things

May He protect us all.




Submitted by Rajan Zed
President, Universal Society of Hinduism