Items for Prayer w/c 30th July 2017

World – Pray for countries which continue to experience war and unrest, particularly Syria, Israel and countries across Africa. Pray for all the people who continue to feel unsafe in the place that they call home, that God will grant them peace and happiness. Pray for the Britain’s who remain hostages after an attack on the medical compound they were working on in Somalia. Remember in your prayers all those working for international aid agencies around the world that put others before themselves. Pray for all those injured during the train crash in Barcelona, that God will give them strength and place his healing hand upon them.

UK –Amid escalating community tensions, pray that God will guide us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Pray for all those living in housing which may be unsafe or unsuitable, that they will be protected by the Lord. Pray that the government will find a swift solution to the current housing crisis.  Pray for the continuing work of the NHS and that there will be respect and understanding between the government and health professionals. Thank God for the gift of health services in our country and pray for doctors and nurses to be granted the gift of healing, caring and compassion.

Church and Community – As the schools in our local area finish for the summer pray for children and teachers as they have a time of rest and recuperation and for families as they spend more time together. Pray for those who go on holiday, to be safe and for relaxation and for those who are unable to go far but that they too will find times of rest and joy to be together. Pray for the development of the Mission Partnership and the continuing unity of St James. Pray for all those due to be baptised at St James this week.

Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Naomi, Philip, Bobby, Jax, Paula, Savannah, Pat, Paul, Sylvia, Jean G and Jean D. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week, particularly Brian Rowls and Michael Goldstraw, that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.