This week’s Pew Sheet

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.  He began by saying to them, Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Luke, Ch. 4. vs. 20 – 21.

This week we especially hold in our prayers:

– Thanksgiving to God for His bounty and mercy: as we continue to respond to the call of our Gift Day and Parish Mission Action Plan invitations.
– Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe held prisoner in Iran: and especially now that her daughter Gabriella has returned to the UK to start school.  We pray that she may be treated with care and dignity and released quickly on humanitarian grounds, and that Gabriella leaving Tehran will not affect her health.
– The Turkish-Syrian Border: as Turkish troops advance into Kurdish held areas, praying that this military action will not further destabilise the area or risk unleashing IS fighters into conflict again.  We pray for wisdom and wise actions by international leaders to bring an end to the fighting as soon as possible.
– The political situation in UK:  We pray for calm, wisdom, statesmanship and a search for the common interest and the safeguarding of the most vulnerable at this time of turmoil.  We pray too for a moderation in rhetoric and that politicians of all persuasions may go about their lives in safety, free from threats to themselves and their families.
– The streets of UK: as knife crime and the resultant loss of life has reached epidemic proportions.  We pray for peace and justice to prevail.
– From the World council of Churches: for the Christian Churches in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.  We pray particularly for:

  • stable, democratically elected Governments committed to peace and the wellbeing of all;
  • comfort and healing for the families of loved ones of those who have disappeared, and for those responsible to be brought to justice;
  • stopping corruption, drug traffic and violence, and those who profit from such activities;
  • improved economic life and trade policies so that people will not be exploited and can pursue livelihoods in these countries, rather than migrating elsewhere for work.
From the Cycle of Prayer of the world-wide Anglican communion of churches:  we pray for the Church of the Province of West Africa, and for the The Most Rev’d. Daniel Sarfo, Archbishop of the internal province of Ghana and Biship of Kumas.
– May Gigg and Suzie Bennett: and any others we know are unwell at this time, and for their families in their respective concerns for them.
– The families of the late Andrew Pike, Vi Cantell and Susan Warwick: as they each mourn the loss of their loved one.
– The continuing life of our Church and community:  praying especially for:

  • The residents of Raglan Close and Castle Lane.
–  All those known to us who are ill, in hospital, undergoing operations or treatment, or waiting further appointments, or results that may lead to further treatment: and particularly those on our prayer chain.  Pray also for the medical teams looking after them and for their families as they support them.
We pray that our Lord God will be in each situation, and we thank Him for answers to prayers this week and continue to pray for those known to us who are going through difficult times.

We remember those who have died in recent days, and those who have passed on at this time of year in the past,
and especially any known personally to us.

Jean Bray;
Kenneth Halton;
Sybil Poole.