World – After the election of a new President-elect in the USA pray for good judgement and a real sense of openness to others within the new administration. Pray for healing in the country after a particularly ugly campaign trail and for the people to allow the new President-elect time to adjust to this crucial role on the world stage. Continue to pray for those places in our world where there is unrest, war and troubles. Pray particularly for Syria and particularly civilians who find themselves targets in military strikes. As tensions with Russia remain in the international community pray for peace and a rebuilding of relationships. Pray for all those involved with the fight against IS and for a change of heart and God’s peace to come. Pray particularly for those civilians caught up in fighting and for children and families as they flee conflict. Pray for all those who are making decisions about the lives of these refugees as they flee conflict in their own countries and pray for compassion in these difficult situations.
UK – As new figures this week reveal the rising need for food banks in our country pray for our Government and for changes in policy towards those who are living below the poverty line in our country. As teaching assistants in Durham go on strike after cuts to wages of 24% pray for our education system and for all those who work for schools and colleges and for a fair system to be in place both for children and staff. As we remember those who have been killed in conflict this week pray for veterans who will benefit from the proceeds of the poppy appeal and for the Royal Legion in the work that they do in our country and beyond. After Shelter this week reported a 71% increase in child homelessness under our current government pray for these children and their families and ask God to help you seek ways in which you might be able to help.
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 our 92Teens as they meet this week and for good times of fellowship together and for David and Esther as they take some time off on holiday. Remember in your prayers our ecumenical partners in the village and the work they do with the elderly, young people and those who are vulnerable in our society. Pray for the wider deanery as we think through ways of how we might work together more closely.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Sylvia, Jean G, Jean D, Doreen, Rosie, Jane O and Mavis. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week, especially the family and friends of Bill Hartley, Eric Cartledge and the Hyde family, that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.