This week’s Pew Sheet

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Romans, Ch.12, vs.: 1.

This week we especially hold in our prayers:

– The family of Nora Quoirin: as they mourn her loss and seek further answers on how she died.
– The USA: as there are indications that some form of gun control is being considered.
– The United Kingdom: and the streets of this nation, where knife and drug crimes feature prominently and at a time when the criminal justice system and policing are in the political spotlight. We pray that God will bring wisdom to our leaders, and an understanding of the situation in our nation so that some of the underlying causes of criminality – particularly when connected to mental health or addiction issues may be addressed too.
– The political situation in UK:  as rhetoric regarding the political situation and the intentions of our Prime Minister with regard to Brexit increases.  We pray that the Prime Minister and his government will have integrity, probity and pursue the best interests for the common good.  We pray particularly for wisdom in the continuing Brexit process.
Students who have received A levels and those awaiting GCSE results:  and for all students in their plans for the future – whether moving to a new school or college, to university or into the world of work.  We pray for peace, relief of stress and anxiety and that God will bring a sense of focus so that where decisions must be made, they can be made wisely and with calm.
– Elliot and Sarah: as they prepare to be married in London on August 24th.
– All who may be on holiday at this time:  Praying for safe travel and enjoyable, safe times of rest and recreation.  We pray too for those at home and particularly young people that they may remain safe and act wisely.
– From the World council of Churches: for the Christian Churches in Liberia & Sierra Leone.  We pray particularly for:

  • the churches in these countries, for their evangelism and social outreach, faithful witness and action in times of conflict, and for interfaith cooperation with others;
  • the majority of the people who are still impoverished, that adequate services and policies will be provided that enable them to live with dignity and good health;
  • more just governance, free of corruption, accountable to the people, and that manages resources in ways that benefit all.
– From the Cycle of Prayer of the world-wide Anglican communion of churches:  we pray for the Anglican Churches of Okinawa (Japan) and The Rt Revd David Eisho Uehara (its Primate); Bukuru (Nigeria) and The Rt Revd Jwan Zhumbes; and for Keewatin (Canada) and The Rt Revd David Norman Ashdown.
– The continuing life of our Church and community:  praying especially for:

  • The residents of Irwell Close and Liddle Way.
–  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,