World – In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew pray for all those who have been displaced from their homes in Haiti, for those who have suffered injury and particularly for the family and friends of those who have died. Pray for rescuers and emergency services as they struggle to reach particularly remote parts of the country. 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. Hold the Ukraine and various trouble spots in Africa, in your prayers for peace and reconciliation. Pray for the American people who have a difficult decision ahead of them in the upcoming presidential elections. Continue to pray for those who have lost loved ones or were injured in the New Jersey rail crash and for safety to be improved after the accident.
UK – After the close of the conservative party conference pray for our government and particularly for those who will be negotiating with the European Union and exit talks are brought closer and the triggering of Article 50. Pray for those in front line services such as the police, ambulance services and fire and rescue in our country. Pray for them as they place themselves in danger to protect our communities. Pray for all those in education as further reforms are considered and the impact this will have on children’s lives and self-esteem as well as greater parent choice.
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 parish and the wider deanery as discussions continue surrounding mission partnerships and for discernment and understanding as to where we can come together for the benefit of God’s kingdom. Pray for our 92Teens as they go out together socially this week and for Dave as he explores new ways of being church to young people in our community. Pray for our continued school work and for continuing good relationships with both primary schools. Pray for Phoebe, Mitchell and Katherine and their family and friends as they come to St James this week for their baptisms. As they begin their journey of faith pray that God will bless them and grow in their hearts as they grow.
Sick and Bereaved – Pray for all those known to us who are unwell at this time, particularly Doreen, Rosie, Jane O, Mavis, Jean G and James. Pray for all those who have been bereaved this week that they will know God’s love and tenderness at this difficult time.