“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John, Ch. 13, vs: 34 – 35.
This week we especially hold in our prayers:
|– The Persian Gulf area: praying for a de-escalation in the tensions between Iran and the US, and for safe passage for shipping passing through the Straits of Hormuz.|
|– The Yemen: praying for wisdom, compassion and restrain in the sale by the UK to Saudi Arabia and their use in the Yemeni conflict. We pray for peace to rule in the Middle East.|
|– The political situation in UK: as party factions and allegations of inappropriate conduct overshadow the selection process and candidates for the next leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. We pray that integrity, probity and the best interests of the common good are placed to the fore.|
|– All who are sitting examinations at this time.|
|– From the World council of Churches: for the Christian Churches in Kenya and Tanzania, praying especially for:
|– From the Cycle of Prayer of the world-wide Anglican communion of churches: we pray for the United Church of India, and for The Most Rev’d. Dr. Prem Chand Singh – Moderator of CNI & Bishop of Jabalpur.|
|– For Christians everywhere: who may have been called to serve God as ordained ministers as we approach Peter-tide, the traditional time for conferring of Holy Orders.|
|– The continuing life of our Church and community: praying especially for:
|– 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. We thank you 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,
26th June 1984: Joan Seago,
28th June 2011: Ava Horwood.