World – Continue to pray for those places in our world where there is unrest, war and troubles. Pray particularly for Syria and particularly civilians who find themselves targets in military strikes. As tensions with Russia remain in the international community pray for peace and a rebuilding of relationships. Pray for all those involved with the fight against IS and for a change of heart and God’s peace to come. Pray particularly for those civilians caught up in fighting and for children and families as they flee conflict. Pray for all those who are making decisions about the lives of these refugees as they flee conflict in their own countries and pray for compassion in these difficult situations.
UK – After plans for the new HS2 train route were released this week pray for this proposal as the costs are huge and the benefits uncertain. Pray particularly for those in our region who will affected and for outstanding questions around how the new network will serve Sheffield. As claims emerge this week regarding the government’s plans for Brexit pray for all ministers involved with this complex process as they move through uncharted territory. Pray that the political manoeuvring and intrigue will not overshadow the electorates concerns that initially led to this process. As the government wins a high court ruling over strike action in prisons, pray for all those who work in the service and that their worries and concerns over job safety will still be heard and dealt with properly.
Church and Community – Continue to prayer for the vacancy-in-see committee as they work with the Archbishops’ and Prime Minister’s Secretaries for Appointments in our Diocese as they look to discern who the next bishop of Sheffield might be. As our Christmas Tree festival approaches pray for people in Woodhouse and our wider community that they will receive blessings through this festival. Pray for Jean and the team as they prepare for this event and for the Christmas fair. Pray for Luna and Phoebe and their family and friends as they begin their journey of faith at baptism today. Remember in your prayers our ecumenical partners in the village and the work they do with the elderly, young people and those who are vulnerable in our society. Pray for the wider deanery as we think through ways of how we might work together more closely.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Rebecca, Shannon, Paul, Sylvia, Jean G, Jean D, Doreen, Rosie, Jane O and Mavis. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week, especially the family and friends of Bill Hartley and the Hyde family, that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.