World –In a week which saw further attacks and civilian casualties across the world, pray for all victims of war and protect those who are committed to peace. Pray for all those across the world who are affected by extremism and hatred and help them to find the path back to God. With further famines occurring across Africa, pray for the millions who are facing starvation, who are ill or malnourished and have no access for medical care. Pray for the government and aid agencies in these countries and beyond to have the strength and compassion needed in this crisis.
UK – Continue to pray for all those affected by the Grenfell fire, the families of the deceased and those injured and displaced. Pray that they will be surrounded by God’s love and find comfort and hope in his teachings. Following the general election and a week on political uncertainty, pray for the government to make informed choices and that God will be with them through this period of instability and change. Pray for our economy, for those most affected and whose status in this country is uncertain and for sensible debate. Remember in your prayers those affected by the recent attack in Finsbury Park, that God will heal those injured and give them strength.
Church and Community – Pray for the new Bishop of Sheffield the Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox and that he will bring unity in our Diocese as we move forward together in mission and outreach to communities across our region. As Dave, Verity and the boys prepare to leave St James pray for good endings and new beginnings for both them and all here at Woodhouse and in the community. Pray for the development of the Mission Partnership and the continuing unity of St James.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Philip, Bobby, Jax, Paula, Savannah, Pat, Paul, Sylvia, Jean G and Jean D. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week, including the family of Dorothy Hall, that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.