World – As tensions over Russian involvement in Syria rise pray for diplomats and politicians as appropriate action is taken and for a diplomatic solution to be found. As the US contemplates military action in Syria after suspected chemical attacks pray for an end to this terrible ongoing conflict. The French Presidential election edges closer and once again a far-right group in Europe has growing support pray for the electorate to choose the right candidate who will being unity to the country. Pray for Africa and for the increasing humanitarian crisis and for aid agencies as they work in countries where there is famine and unrest. Pray for the governments in Afghanistan and Iraq as they try to govern in these difficult countries and for the Ukraine and other countries where there is war and unrest.
UK – 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 also for the Scottish government and for relations between them and Westminster as a further referendum is called for. In a time of uncertainty and instability pray that a sensible time frame can be found for this vote. Pray for our local schools and for the education system in our country as the government restructures the funding system.
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. Pray that now the nomination is known there will be reconciliation across parishes and the diocese. As our church community celebrates Easter thank God for your own journey of faith and offer your life once again to Jesus in this period o frenewal and refreshment. 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.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Paula, 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.