This week’s Pew Sheet

“In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.”

Isaiah, Ch. 11, vs.: 10

This week we especially hold in our prayers:

– The victims of the London Bridge attack:  and all involved in responding to this incident and managing threats on our streets in the coming days.
– The Leaders of the NATO nations: following the recent rather acrimonious 70th Anniversary summit meeting.  We pray for mutual respect and statesman-like conduct among all our leaders.
– Our nation: as a General Election Campaign nears its conclusion, that the growing tensions and arguments will subside and that all involved will show wisdom, compassion, restraint in rhetoric and promote the common good.
– A Prayer for the General Election from the Church of England:
God of grace and truth, send your Spirit to guide us, as we discover your will for our country. Help us to discuss the issues before us with courtesy, truth and mutual respect, and grant that all who stand for parliament will seek to serve the common good,
through him who came not to be served but to serve, Jesus Christ our Lord.
– From the World council of Churches: for the Christian Churches of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.  We pray particularly for:

  • those who continue to bear physical and emotional scars from years of conflict;
  • victims of monsoons and other disasters in the region;
  • economic development to improve life for all people and the environment;
  • political stability amid competing powers.
– From the Cycle of Prayer of the world-wide Anglican communion of churches:  we pray for the of the Mothers’ Union around the world , and for Sheran Harper – Worldwide President and Bev Jullien – Chief Executive. 
– Our Church and Church Family:  As we move towards the celebration of the birth of Christ and welcome all who may come, praying that we may reflect the light of Christ in the world, so that those who seek God may find Him in our services and events, and that through the story of Christmas, He may touch the lives of all.
– The continuing life of our Church and community:  praying especially for:

  • The residents of Conway Close, Odiham Close and Brecon Close.
–  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,
and especially any known personally to us.