This week’s Pew Sheet

This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”.

                                                                 Matthew, Ch. 6, vs. 9.

This week we especially hold in our prayers:

The families of those killed in recent violence:  remembering the three elderly pensioners murdered in Exeter, recent victims of ongoing knife crime in the UK, and the victims of the shooting in America.
– Our nation and political system: as the debate and divisions over Brexit continue.  We pray for calm and for personal and party agendas to be placed aside in the search for the common good.
– From the World council of Churches:  France, Germany and Monaco, praying especially for:

  • the overcoming of fears and suspicions that still remain from 20th century atrocities, and more recent terrorist attacks;
  • churches and governments to effectively counter anti-immigrant populist sentiments in these countries so that they truly will become more multi-ethnic;
  • economic decisions that are accountable to those who are most vulnerable and not only to those making a profit;
  • election of political leaders who will further the common good not only for their country but for the sake of Europe and the rest of world.
– The continuing life of our Church and community:  praying especially for:

  • the residents of Harvest Road, Sir Galahad Road, Sir Lancelot Close.
  • for all of us as a Church, as we start the prayer course, that we might grow in our prayer lives and expectation that we will see God’s Kingdom come.
–  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 remember those who have died at this time of year, including those known and loved by us, and particularly:
Maurice ’Nick’ Chandler aged 79 years, for 16th February 2001;
Eve Hawker, aged 97 years, for 17th February 2005.
RIP.