Items for Prayer w/c 17th April 2016

World – Pray for families who are still searching for their daughters who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria two years ago. After release of a video appearing to show at least some are still alive pray that authorities and leaders to bring an end to this terrorist threat in this country. Continue to pray for the situations in Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan and various countries in Africa where there is unrest, war and famine. After further worrying reports about the extent of the Zika virus continue to pray for countries in Africa and South and North America and pray for scientists as they search for a cure and solution to the virus. After politicians in Ukraine approve the selection of a new prime minister for the country pray that the new leader will be able to kick start reforms in the country and for western governments who are backing the changes. Pray for peace in the region and for the Russian government to release its grip on the area, particularly in the Crimean Peninsula.

UK –As the official names of the two campaigns for the EU referendum are confirmed this week and after Jeremey Corben’s statement about Britain in Europe continue to pray for the ongoing debate and that sensible discussion will take place rather than rhetoric and scare mongering. Continue to pray for junior doctors and hold the NHS in your prayers and all those who work in the service and particularly for those in A&E services after reports of record delays during February. As plans to turn all schools into academy come under the spotlight pray for school leaders, unions and ministers to make the best decisions for pupils and parents rather than just for political gain.

Church and Community – After the the news that our Diocesan Bishop Steven Croft will be moving over the summer to the Oxford Diocese pray for him and his family in this move. Pray also for our Diocese as many will be mourning the loss of a leader who has driven through many good changes in his time in Sheffield and for the those who will be making the next appointment to the Bishop of Sheffield. 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 and ecumenical colleagues to continue God’s mission in this area of Sheffield. Pray for David our new youth worker who has made a good start to this new role and for God’s discernment in where he should focus his efforts with young people in our community.

Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time particularly June and Derek Craig, Shaun, Rita Spencer, Pat, June Fox, Sylvia L, Jean G and Jean D. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week, particularly the family and friends of Gary Lovett, Frederick Pinder and Derrick Brown, that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.