World –After the earthquake in Taiwan pray for all those affected as they begin to rebuild their lives and homes after this natural disaster. Pray for aid agencies and all those assisting in the aftermath. Continue to pray for Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan and various countries in Africa where there is unrest, war and famine. Pray for governments around the world after North Korea launches a long range missile and for the right response to this provocation. As the Zika virus continues to spread in countries in Africa and South and North America pray for scientists who are behind in research as they search for a cure and solution to the virus.
UK – After opening discussion in the EU and with the UK regarding a renegotiation of terms this week pray for a fairness to all in the policy and as political posturing begins surrounding an EU referendum pray that there will be full and frank discussion from all parties and the electorate are fully informed before a decision is made. Pray for the NHS and all those who work in the service. Pray for tenants in social housing after government cuts and proposed further cuts to housing benefits that will affect the areas in which many are already living. Pray for fairness to all in our benefits system in this country.
Church and Community – Continue to Pray for discussions taking place between our parish and those in the local area as plans are presented to chapter, the deanery synod and the Diocese to work with fewer clergy numbers and how we might partner with other parishes to continue God’s mission in this area of Sheffield. Thank God after the appointment of David Ludbrook as St James Youth Worker. As David prepares to begin this exciting and challenging new role in April pray that God will already be preparing his heart and mind for the challenges ahead. Pray also for his fiancé and him and they prepare to marry later this year and the changes this will bring alongside a new role in church leadership.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time particularly Sue, Pat, Joyce, June F, Sylvia L, 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.