World – As tensions between the US and North Korea continue to rise pray for the peace negotiators and for diplomatic means to lessen the pressures. As the French Presidential election now goes in to a run off between a mainstream candidate and a far right party pray for the electorate to choose the right candidate who will bring unity to the country. Pray for Africa and for the increasing humanitarian crisis and for aid agencies as they work in countries where there is famine and unrest. Pray for Venezuela as unrest increases amidst economic problems. Pray for the people in this country who are being squeezed by high inflation and prices and decreasing wages because of the world economy.
UK – Now a general election has been called for 8th June pray for a good and positive campaign on all sides and for the electorate to make informed choices on all sides. As negotiations with the EU begin pray for talks on all sides to be fair and cordial. As we enter a protracted period of uncertainty for our country pray for our economy, for those most affected and who’s status in this country is uncertain and for sensible debate. Pray for the NHS through these difficult times of funding and pressure on services. Remember in your prayers all those in the health care profession. Pray for our local schools and for the education system in our country as the government restructures the funding system.
Church and Community – Pray for the new Bishop of Sheffield the Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox and that he will bring unity in our Diocese as we move forward together in mission and outreach to communities across our region. As Dave, Verity and the boys prepare to leave St James pray for good endings and new beginnings for both them and all here at Woodhouse and in the community. Pray for the newly formed uniformed organisations in our community as they join us today and as they dedicate their flags.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Bobby, Paula, Savannah, Sarah, Pat and family, Paul, Sylvia, Jean G and Jean D. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week, particularly the family and friends of Peggy Wood, Molly Hurst and Julie Baggaley, that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.