World –In a week which saw further attacks and civilian casualties across the world, pray for all victims of war and protect those who are committed to peace. Pray for all those across the world who are affected by extremism and hatred and help them to find the path back to God. Amid escalating tensions around the actions of North Korea pray for all those who are working to improve international relationships and help them to hear God’s voice. For men and women all over the world will have justice and freedom and be able to live in security and peace.
UK –Pray for the government to make informed choices and that God will be with them through this period of instability and change. Pray for our economy, for those most affected and whose status in this country is uncertain and for sensible debate. Continue to hold our NHS in your prayers and all those who work in the service. Pray that all those facing a move into Care Homes have to freedom and voice to make an informed choice about their personal needs. After a report this week that energy prices should be reduced, particularly for those most vulnerable and on low incomes pray that that the energy companies will act swiftly to implement these proposed changes.
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 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 development of the Mission Partnership and the continuing unity of St James.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Philip, Bobby, Jax, Paula, Savannah, Pat, 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.