World –Continue to pray for those places in our world where there is unrest, war and troubles. Pray particularly for Syria and particularly civilians who find themselves targets in military strikes. As Americans go to vote for their new president this week pray that the right person will be elected. As tensions with Russia remain in the international community pray for peace and a rebuilding of relationships. Pray for all those involved with the fight against IS and for a change of heart and God’s peace to come. Pray particularly for those civilians caught up in fighting and for children and families as they flee conflict. Pray for all those who are making decisions about the lives of these refugees as they flee conflict in their own countries and pray for compassion in these difficult situations.
UK – Pray for the NHS and for patient care to be of the highest quality. Pray for our system of justice, for frontline services through to judges, juries and the court system that there will be fairness in our society. As we remember those who have been killed in conflict this week pray for veterans who will benefit from the proceeds of the poppy appeal and for the Royal Legion in the work that they do in our country and beyond. As growth figures for the UK economy show encouraging signs continue to pray for those in our society who are looking for work, who are on low incomes and who are living below the poverty line. Pray particularly for children and families in these continuing times of austerity.
Church and Community – Continue to prayer for the vacancy-in-see committee as they work with the Archbishops’ and Prime Minister’s Secretaries for Appointments in our Diocese as they look to discern who the next bishop of Sheffield might be. Pray for our Mother’s Union as they meet this week and for good times of fellowship together. Remember in your prayers our ecumenical partners in the village and the work they do with the elderly, young people and those who are vulnerable in our society. Pray for the wider deanery as we think through ways of how we might work together more closely.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Sylvia and Bill, Jean G, Jean D, Doreen, Rosie, Jane O and Mavis. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.