Items for Prayer w/c 24th April 2016

World – After earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan and floods in Houston please pray for all those who have lost loved ones, those who are injured and for families who will have lost homes and belongings in these natural disasters. 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. Thank God that nearly 200 leaders at the UN signed an agreement on climate change this week. Continue to pray that these limits will be enforced and for our planet and for those governments who continue to ignore the perils of emissions and carbon gases and the impact on future generations.

UK –After the visit of Barack Obama this week to the UK pray for our relationships with other governments around the world. Continue to pray for the ongoing debate on Europe and the referendum 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. Pray for pupils in the next few weeks who will begin primary testing through SAT’s and secondary school children beginning GCSE’s and A-Levels. After significant changes in all these tests pray for children to do the best they can on the day and for them to remain calm and stress free.

Church and Community – As the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this week pray for her and the royal family. As the head of the church in England thank God for her strong Christian faith and the way she has spoken out in the past about her faith and pray that she will remain strong and an influential leader in our country, the commonwealth and beyond. As we hold our APCM this week thank God for all the blessings we are seeing in our church and in community and for all those who volunteer and aid God’s plan at St James. Pray for continued blessings and for more people in our community to come to know Jesus in their lives. Pray for local plans in our deanery and with ecumenical colleagues to work closer together and for God to guide us as a church as to how we should go about this task.

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