This week’s Pew Sheet

“The Christian life is not a constant high.  I have my moments of deep discouragement.  I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’ “

Billy Graham

This week we especially hold in our prayers:

– In the current Covid crisis: we pray for:

  •  all suffering from illness and those caring for them;
  •  all key workers and especially those on our prayer chain;
  •  those in authority, making decisions;
  •  those researching treatments and vaccines;
  •  those who mourn the loss of loved ones.
– The Life of our Nation:

  • Pray for wisdom among our leaders, particularly in responding to the challenges which face our nation and the wider world at this time;
  • For leaders who are having to make unprecedented decisions and particularly those who are experiencing symptoms of the virus or whose families are at risk.
– From the World Council of Churches:  we pray for Christian Churches in Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. We pray for:

  • a cessation of ethnic animosities and violence, and increased understanding between ethnic and religious groups
  • an end to the rape and practices of genital mutilation of girls and women
  • governments  to respect the will and best interests of their people and the human rights of all
  • natural resources to be preserved and the land saved from further desertification.
– From the Anglican Communion Cycle of Prayer we pray for: Pray for The United Church of North India, and for The Most Revd Dr Prem Chand Singh –
Moderator of CNI & Bishop of Jabalpur.
– From the Winchester Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Chaplaincy: lay and ordained, in prisons, schools, universities, police, hospitals and in our communities; and Anna Chaplains working with older people, and chaplains working with those with disability, and with the deaf & hard of hearing.
– In our own Community of Valley Park we pray for :

  • The residents of Wild Cherry Way, Honeysuckle Way and Violet Close;
  • Members of our own Church of St. Francis’, helping with Eastleigh Basics Bank:  a team from St. Francis’ are running the Bank on Wednesdays;
  • Our Valley Park schools and doctors surgeries.
–  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 at this and particularly those receiving treatment of any kindPray 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,
those who have lost their lives due to Coronavirus and any past or recent, known personally to us,
and we pray for those who have been bereaved.