World –After the truce in Syria appears to be holding pray for world governments as they begin to try negotiate peace talks between both sides. Continue to pray for 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 American voters as they continue with the primaries and as likely candidates begin to emerge on both the Democratic and Republican sides.
UK – As political posturing surrounding the EU referendum continues and various pieces of information are revealed to voters pray that there will be full and frank discussion from all parties and the electorate are fully informed before a decision is made. Pray for the NHS and all those who work in the service, particularly for junior doctors as relations with the government remain strained after enforced contracts. Pray for fairness to all in our benefits system in this country. Pray for the emergency services as they respond to difficult situations and as they bring help to those in need.
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 Karen, Debora and Lesley as they prepare and organise for our Churches Together holiday club during Holy Week. Pray that God is already preparing the hearts of those children who will attend and that they will learn more of the love God has for them. Pray for our PCC as they meet this week and as they discuss church finances.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time particularly June Craig, Rita Spencer, Joyce, June Fox, Sylvia L, Jean G and Jean D. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week, particularly the friends and family of Pauline Gillott and Sylvia Moreton, that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.