“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.“
Matthew, Ch. 4, vs.: 18-20.
This week we especially hold in our prayers:
|– All those who are involved in our Alpha Course, which continues with its second session on Monday 27th January: praying both for all those who are attending the Course, that they may encounter God, and all who are leading and delivering the Course, that God will inspire them to convey His love and concern for all.|
|– The people of Australia: As bushfires continue and the devastation begins to be assessed. We pray for all those affected in any way; for those who are fighting the fires, those who have lost loved ones, homes or possessions and all who seek a solution. Pray also for those seeking to address wider issues of climate change that their voices might be heard and their actions bear fruit.|
|– The People of China and other places: where cases of the Coronavirus have been confirmed. We pray for all in the cities under curfew, and any who have travelled to or from China or had contact with potential carriers. We pray for medical teams across the world who will be dealing with the threat, and for any who have contracted the virus or lost loved ones as a result.|
|– The Life of our Nation: as Brexit takes place at the end of January. We pray for wisdom among our leaders, particularly with regard to trade and commerce between Ireland and Great Britain, and in seeking the common good in future negotiations about our relationship with other nations.|
|– From the World council of Churches: for the Christian Churches of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara, Tunisia praying especially for:
|– From the Cycle of Prayer of the world-wide Anglican communion of churches: we pray for the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, and for its Bishop, The Most Rev’d. Naudal Alves Gomes.|
|– 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: especially Suzy Bennett and Kate Muammar, receiving treatment, and Liz. Watts, in hospital at this time. 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, and also:
Dennis Wheeler, aged 81 years, on 30th Jan 1995.