World – Continue to pray for those places in our world where there is unrest, war and troubles. Pray particularly for Syria, the Ukraine and various trouble spots in Africa, for peace and reconciliation. Continue to pray for the US presidential elections and for sensible debate and rhetoric from both camps as campaigning continues. Pray for the American people who have a difficult decision ahead of them. Pray for Europe as leaders meet with the UK this week to discuss the implications of the Brexit vote. As the Paralympic Games continue in Rio this week pray for all the athletes who will be attending and for this to be a great world spectacle that promotes those with disabilities around the world.
UK – As we approach the party conference season pray for our government and for opposition parties. Pray particularly for the Labour party as they go through a lengthy leadership battle and for the right winner to create a strong opposition in parliament. Pray for Scotland as the SNP again promote independence and for focus to be given to the economy and education in the country. Thank God that junior doctor strikes have been cancelled this week due to concerns over safety but continue to pray as further strikes are planned after the imposition of contracts. Continue to pray for the NHS as they look to cut costs and still provide a world class service. Pray for managers, health care professionals, doctors and all those employed by the NHS during these difficult times.
Church and Community – Continue to prayer for the vacancy-in-see committee as they work with the Archbishops’ and Prime Minister’s Secretaries for Appointments in our Diocese as they look to discern who the next bishop of Sheffield might be. Pray for Luca today and his family and friends as he is baptised this afternoon here at St James and as he begins his journey of faith. Pray for the PCC as they meet this week and continue to discuss and lead within St James, particularly as half yearly finances are discussed and prayed over. Pray for our church activities and particularly this week our 92Teens group as they meet again after the summer break. Pray for Dave and all the leaders and for the young people who attend.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Jane, Mavis, Jean G and James. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week, particularly the family and friends of Jeffrey Butterfield and John Cojay, that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.