World – Pray for residents of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada after wild fires have swept through the area and destroyed much of the city forcing 88000 people to be evacuated. Continue to pray for Ecuador and Japan, for all those who have lost loved ones and all those who are injured and for families who will have lost homes and belongings in these natural disasters. Continue to pray for the situations in Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan and various countries in Africa where there is unrest, war and famine. After the UK has agreed to take some refugee children this week continue to pray for refugees who are spread across Europe and the world at the moment and for governments to co-ordinate strategy and show empathy to these desperate families in plight.
UK –As the aftermath of the inquest into the Hillsborough Disaster continues pray for the families who lost loved ones on that tragic day. On the back of this trial and after inquiries set up to look at the police response at Orgreave and the sexual exploitation cases in Rotherham pray for our police force and for a way forward. After the election of a new Police Commissioner in our area last Thursday pray for wisdom at a time of upheaval and where serious questions need to be asked. Continue to pray for new local councillors, the referendum debates, the ongoing junior doctors dispute and the NHS in general and for schools being forced into academy status. Pray for pupils in our local primary schools as they take their SATS tests this week and for secondary school children beginning GCSE’s and A-Levels. After significant changes in all these tests pray for children to do the best they can on the day and for them to remain calm and stress free.
Church and Community – Pray for local plans in our deanery and with ecumenical colleagues to work closer together and for God to guide us as a church as to how we should go about this task. Thank God for growing numbers at our Tots group and pray for all those who attend that they will find a real welcome and something of God’s love. Thank God for our children’s workers particularly Laura, Lizzie, Rosie, Suzanna, Tara and Verity and all the Messy church team for their dedication and time and continue to pray that through these activities we will see our children grow in faith and knowledge of God. Pray for David and he heads up our youth work and for Jamie as he helps at 92Teens. Give them a real sense of God’s plan for the youth here in Woodhouse and for others to be ignited into a passion for youth work in our community. Pray for our new PCC as it meets for the first time this week and discusses our future plans for St James.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time particularly June and Derek Craig, Shaun, Rita Spencer, Sylvia L, Jean G and Jean D. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week, particularly the family and friends of Muriel Coates that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.