Sunday 20th June
Dear Lord: We pray for all those serving at our groups and services this weekend, whether running the tech, leading music, giving the talk, running youth and children’s groups or involved in other ways. Show me how I might be able to encourage and support someone else this weekend, and would you stir up my heart to be praying for our church and your people, especially during these times. Amen.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the opportunity to meet in church or online to praise your name yesterday and for the Communion service that followed. We pray that we will continue to bond as a church community in these unusual times and grow in ways that take account of the changed circumstances we all find ourselves in. You are in control, Lord – we place our trust in you.
The G7 Summit is over, and the politicians have returned home to meet again at COP26 later this year. As it said in a post-summit message from Tearfund, let us keep working and praying together – for those impacted by the climate crisis, for leaders to prioritise justice and for God to move powerfully. Father God shows us as individuals how we can best think and act for the good of this world and its people.
Lord, we are so aware of the many needs of our church members, highlighted each week on our Prayer Chain. We pray for all those known to us who are unwell, looking after the sick and elderly, struggling to cope with anxiety or stress and our mission partners working abroad meeting the challenges of the pandemic in their daily lives.
This evening is our youth TBS meeting. Give thanks for the strong leadership team and the youngsters that attend inline each week. It is great that we have a good number of attendees who take part so thoughtfully in Bible study – we pray for them as they go about their day to day lives in a world that is often at odds with their beliefs.
Earlier this week, we prayed for growth at St John's. Let us also pray for our own personal growth. Father, encourage us to pray and learn more about you through Bible study that we may come ever closer to you and be better equipped to become Disciple-Making Disciples.
Today is Armed Forces Day. We give thanks to our servicemen wherever they are serving. Thank you for their contribution to peacekeeping and, particularly at present, to the organisation and practicalities of Coronavirus prevention as they work alongside the NHS and care providers.
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- Gift & Kathryn Asiku, working for Wycliffe Bible Translators in Uganda.
- Andrew & Maria Leake, involved in the creation of care through the Church Missionary Society in Argentina
- Jony & Jenny Bertin, leading an Anglican Church in Rosario in Argentina
- Tearfund (The United Mission to Nepal)
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- Church Army (The Marylebone Project providing shelter and support for women in London)
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