World – As the threat of further expansion by Russia looms pray for Sweden and other Baltic states as they announce a return to conscription this week. Continue to pray for the Ukraine and for the government there to function properly. Continue to pray for the Middle east and Africa where there is continued fighting and unrest. As diplomatic tensions between Mexico and the US remain high pray for both governments as disputes continue about the building of a wall between the two countries. Pray for the US and for foreign nationals living in America as incidents of racial attacks have risen after the beginning of the new presidency.
UK – After reports of a crisis in Police numbers and recruitment pray for the service who are going through difficult times and funding restrictions. Pray for all government departments as they look once again to make cuts in funding across the board. Continue to pray for our government as they head towards a formal triggering of article 50 and the beginning of negotiations for Brexit. After the vote in the House of Lords to protect EU workers rights in the EU pray that the best interests of all will prevail in this difficult situation. Continue to pray for the NHS and all those who work in the health professions. Pray for government strategies to be in the best interests of patients and political posturing will not get in the way of providing the very best care for all. Pray for those who work in social care and for the families and children they are working with.
Church and Community – As tensions continue over the appointment of our new Diocesan Bishop please pray for Philip North as he takes up this important role and for all those who will be under his authority. Pray for our Diocese as we move forward together in mission and outreach to communities across our region. As the heating in church is broken pray for a good solution to present itself and if a new boiler is required for funding to be available. As Lent begins this week pray for yourself and this to be a good time of reflection and growth in your own spiritual faith as we move towards Easter.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Ann, Linda, David, Rebecca, Tony, Cassie and Bobby, Paul, Sylvia, 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.