5 July 2020
For Your Prayers this week
Give thanks for those you love and for their love for you
Give thanks for the gradual subsiding of the corona virus peak
which is allowing people to meet loved ones again
and some communal worship in churches to resume
Pray that all world leaders govern with a new wisdom and compassion
Pray for justice and peace in our society
Pray that all people everywhere might benefit from quiet time
to reflect on long-held priorities and values
to look with fresh eyes at the world around them
to appreciate anew the variety of God’s creation
to observe and enjoy the beauty and detail of the natural world
to thank God for all these gifts still here for us in abundance
Pray that human beings everywhere will treat all creatures with care, kindness and respect.
Please keep in your prayers all medical workers – doctors, nurses, dentists, paramedics, whose workload will not decrease for a very long time and ask God to grant them good health, stamina, resilience and hope. Please pray too for all carers in Care Homes and Nursing Homes and for all who care for a loved one at home, that they be granted strength, patience and the support they may need.
Please pray too for all who have put themselves at risk daily for us throughout the lockdown to maintain key services – for refuse collectors, delivery workers, postmen and women, shop assistants, transport workers.
Thank God for the selfless dedication of all these people in our own community and world-wide.
Remember all who are facing financial difficulties and cannot see the way forward, parents who fear they will not be able to feed their family, parents and children anxious at the prospect of a return to school, families for whom lockdown has heightened tensions or brought breakdown in relationships and especially for the children in those families.
Remember all who cannot yet visit unwell relatives and friends in hospitals or Care Homes, all who are terminally ill and those who watch and wait with them, all who have been bereaved and were unable to be with their loved one at the end.
Please pray for all who are grieving and for the souls of those who have died.
Pray for a world in which people value one another and treat one another with respect, understanding and kindness. Please keep the ministry team in your prayers.
A Conquering Soul by Deborah Ann
It takes courage
a spirit willing to go the length
it takes confidence
letting God supply the strength.
It takes commitment,
a determination to do God’s will
it takes patience
a willingness to wait and be still.
It takes persistence,
a resolve to keep pressing on
it takes diligence
for the faithful race to be won.
It takes focus,
eyes always kept on the goal
it takes Jesus
to have a conquering soul!