World – After IS attacks on a hospital in Kabul pray for the family and friends of victims and staff caught up in this terrorist attack. Pray for the governments in Afghanistan and Iraq as they try to govern in these difficult countries. Continue to pray for the Ukraine and for the government there to function properly. Continue to pray for the Middle east and Africa where there is continued fighting and unrest. As diplomatic tensions between Mexico and the US remain high pray for both governments as disputes continue about the building of a wall between the two countries. Pray for the US and for foreign nationals living in America as incidents of racial attacks have risen after the beginning of the new presidency.
UK – After this weeks budget announcement continue to pray for those in our country who are living below or just above the poverty line. Pray for the NHS, frontline services and social care as budget constraints and less funding continue to hit levels of service provided. Continue to pray for our government as they head towards a formal triggering of article 50 and the beginning of negotiations for Brexit. After the vote in the House of Lords to protect EU workers rights in the EU pray that the best interests of all will prevail in this difficult situation. Pray for the family and friends of two women who were attacked and killed by man wielding a knife in Wolverhampton. Pray for justice in this case and for God to gently minister to these families at this awful time.
Church and Community – As tensions continue over the appointment of our new Diocesan Bishop please pray for Philip North as he takes up this important role and for all those who will be under his authority. Pray for our Diocese as we move forward together in mission and outreach to communities across our region. Pray also for senior staff as they find a path of reconciliation and deal with continued media attention in the Diocese and for Bishop Peter as he visits our deanery this to meet clergy and laity. As the heating in church is broken pray for a good solution to present itself and now we know a new boiler is required for funding to be available and for a quick installation amidst legal paperwork that needs to be completed. As Ann Rhodes is licensed Associate Vicar to Hackenthorpe and Gleadless and as we join together next Saturday to discuss our new Mission Partnership pray for unity and vision across the churches as we find ways to work together.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Ann, Linda, David, Rebecca, Tony, Cassie and Bobby, Paul, Sylvia, Jean G and Jean D. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.