Please continue to pray for the following people.
Those feeling unwell, recovering from operations, or who are sick or elderly. Those who worry.
The residents of Hedges House (WL), Sarah Smith, Paul and Gill Stevens (GC), Maureen Sexton (WL), and for those living with or caring for them.
Anyone in our villages that have contracted the virus and are isolated at home and for those living with and caring for them.
All people suffering with LongCovid.
We also pray for The Nestling Trust – for the wellbeing of the children and workers caring for them. And for the health and safety of street children everywhere.
We pray for our education system and for our schools, headteachers and all staff that continue to give the best education to our children in these difficult times.
We pray for our care homes and the staff that look after the needs of the residents in them. We pray for their wellbeing and for their loss of visiting relatives at this time.
And for families who are grieving and coming to terms with the death of a loved one. Robin Preece (ML), Archibald Dixon (WL,) Derek Askey (ML), Richard Cawley (LP). Sheila Edwards (LC), Rory Riordan (E), Tony Diccox (WL), Glyn Evans (WL), Audrey Goldsbrough (WL), Mary Spencer (E), Wendy Ashford Brown (E), and Keith Hayward (GC).
Please continue to pray one extra prayer each day.
Monday Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we praise you for your love and grace shown to a wayward world. A world more used to laying blame than to giving thanks. And we ask for your forgiveness.
Tuesday We pray for those caught up in a world of constant demands and surrounded by negative thoughts. May they receive your peace.
Wednesday We pray for the wellbeing of the next generation, who will inherit our wrong thinking and ill-advised actions. May they receive your guidance to do better the us.
Thursday We pray for industry that thought the world was theirs to exploit. May they know they have received their rewards already.
Friday We pray for children that have lost their way and fallen victim to county lines crime or turned to crime as a life choice. May they receive your forgiveness and learn there is another way.
Saturday We thank you and pray for the safety of the world and all life upon it, knowing that it is your creation and therefore very good. Help us to understand our roll as guardians of this planet and members of your church.
Promises from God.
Thousands may fall around you, but you will not be harmed. Psalm 91:7
I have carved your name in the palms of My hands. Isaiah 49:16
I will cause all things to ultimately work for your good. Romans 8:28
My mercy will overrule judgment. James 2:13
You hold all our times in your hands, our past, our present, our future. Be close to us now as we remember all the difficulties and disappointments of the past year. Be especially close to all of us who are thinking of someone we loved and knew, but see no longer, whether family, friend, colleague or neighbour. Help us to trust that they are at peace with you, and comfort us with your presence.
You place us in families and communities, and we give you thanks for all those around us who serve us and help us in so many ways. Give wisdom to community leaders, to our schools, hospitals, care homes and other agencies who make a difference to our lives. Help each of us to have the courage to reach out with thanks and kindness to those around us in gratitude and love.
As we journey on, help us to live as people of hope, knowing that beyond the pain of the cross lies the joy of resurrection. Inspire us in our worship, through our churches and in our homes, that we may bring glory to you and joy to others. Be with those who are struggling in mind, body or spirit, and give courage to those who are facing uncertainty and change ahead. Help each of us to keep our eyes fixed on you, that we may reflect your light to all whom we meet.
Be with us as we think about all that has changed this year and help us to trust that you are always with us. Be close to us as we remember those who have died and help us to trust they are at peace with you. Show us how to reach out to others with kindness and care, so that hope shines out in every heart and home,
Prayers adapted from the C of E
May God bless you and keep you safe this coming week. Marion xx