World – Pray for all those who have lost loved ones in terrorist attacks around the world. Pray for good co-operation between EU countries in their fight against extremism and further terrorist attacks. Continue to pray for the situations in Syria, 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. Pray for the families of those killed in the Taliban attack in Lahore Park in Pakistan, many of whom were Christians celebrating Easter.
UK – After the budget and significant pressure from opposition parties and members within the Conservative party thank God that changes have been made to protect some of the most vulnerable in our society from further cuts to benefits. After terrorist attacks continue to pray for the debate over EU membership 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. 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 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 Dave and Verity and the boys as they travel to Scotland this weekend for a wedding and for safety on their journey and for rest and relaxation whilst there. Pray for David our new youth worker who will be starting next week and his fiancée as they plan their wedding later this year. Pray they will find a real welcome here at St James and a place that wants to bless them as they bless us.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time particularly June and Derek Craig, Shaun, Rita Spencer, Pat, June Fox, Sylvia L, Jean G and Jean D. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.