Items for Prayer w/c 16th July 2017

World – Pray for countries which continue to experience war and unrest, particularly Syria, Israel and countries across Africa. Pray for all the people who continue to feel unsafe in the place that they call home, that God will grant them peace and happiness. Remember in your prayers the members of the Israeli police force who were killed this week and pray for all members of the emergency services who risk their lives to protect others.  Pray for all the people caught up in the devastating floods in India, that God will bring comfort to those who have lost loved ones and protect the vulnerable.

UK – Following the attacks across London this week, pray that God will be with the victims and that they will know peace and forgiveness in their hearts. Pray that the perpetrators will be brought to justice and that they will find the path back to our Lord. Amid escalating community tensions, pray that God will guide us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. As the Home Office announces a new strategy to reduce drug related deaths, remember in your prayers all those affected by the heartbreak that addiction brings and pray that new treatment plans are effective.

Church and Community – As the schools in our local area are finishing for the summer pray for children and teachers as they have a time of rest and recuperation and for families as they spend more time together. Pray for those who go on holiday, to be safe and for relaxation and for those who are unable to go far but that they too will find times of rest and joy to be together. As Dave, Verity and the boys leave St James pray for good endings and new beginnings. Pray for the development of the Mission Partnership and the continuing unity of St James. Pray for all those due to be baptised at St James this week.

Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Naomi, Philip, Bobby, Jax, Paula, Savannah, Pat, 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.