Items for Prayer w/c 20th March 2016

World – As talks in Brussels continue pray for the EU to work together and that agreement can be reached with Turkey and Greece to rehouse refugees in all countries in Europe. Continue to pray for world governments as they continue to negotiate peace talks between both sides in Syria and that they will work together to defeat IS. Continue to pray for Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan and various countries in Africa where there is unrest, war and famine. As the Zika virus continues to spread in countries in Africa and South and North America pray for scientists as they search for a cure and solution to the virus.

UK – After the budget this week pray for our countries future economic stability and measures of austerity brought, which will have a huge impact on many vulnerable people, will be sensibly introduced or rethought.  Continue to pray for the debate on the EU referendum. Continue to pray for junior doctors and hold the NHS in your prayers and all those who work in the service. As sweeping new proposals have been revealed this week in education that all schools are to become academies pray for school leaders, unions and ministers to make the best decisions for pupils and parents rather than just for political gain. Pray particularly for our local primary schools, both of which will be affected by these changes and for local children who attend those schools.

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. Pray for Karen, Debora and Lesley as they run our Churches Together holiday club during Holy Week. Pray that God works in the hearts of those children who will attend and that they will learn more of the love God has for them. Pray for Woodhouse and our community during this Easter period that the true message of the season is communicated to those who live here through us, God’s church in this place.

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