Items for Prayer w/c 14th May 2017

World –Pray for Africa and for the increasing humanitarian crisis and for aid agencies as they work in countries where there are famine and health care crises. Pray that the attendees of the London Somalia Conference can find a solution to ongoing problems the country faces. Remember in your prayers those affected by the floods in Tanzania, that they will feel Gods love and strength in their hour of need. Pray for Venezuela as unrest increases amidst economic problems. Pray for the people in this country who are being squeezed by high inflation and prices and decreasing wages because of the world economy.

UK – Now a general election has been called for 8th June pray for a good and positive campaign on all sides and for the electorate to make informed choices on all sides. As negotiations with the EU begin pray for talks on all sides to be fair and cordial. As we enter a protracted period of uncertainty for our country pray for our economy, for those most affected and who’s status in this country is uncertain and for sensible debate. Pray for the NHS through these difficult times of funding and pressure on services. Remember in your prayers the family of the young girl who tragically lost her life at a theme park this week that they will feel your love through their time of grief.

Church and Community – Pray for the new Bishop of Sheffield the Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox and that he will bring unity in our Diocese as we move forward together in mission and outreach to communities across our region. As Dave, Verity and the boys prepare to leave St James pray for good endings and new beginnings for both them and all here at Woodhouse and in the community. Pray for the continued unity of the community of St James and the wider area.

Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Philip, Bobby, Paula, Savannah, Sarah, Pat and family, Paul, Sylvia, Jean G and Jean D. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week, including the family of Molly Hurst and Rita Spencer, that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.