‘”Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”’ (Luke 10:36-37)
Pray for our local network of Baptist churches in Ashdon, Great Sampford, and Thaxted and for their ministers (Gavin, Sue, and Wayne), that we may deepen our relationships and find strategic ways of working together in God’s mission in our neighbourhoods. Pray especially for Wayne and Margaret at Thaxted, as they have announced that they will be leaving next Spring, as Wayne takes early retirement. Pray for them in this period of transition, and pray for the church as they seek God’s wisdom and direction for their next steps together. Pray also for the churches and ministries represented by the Eastern Baptist Association (EBA) throughout our region, praying this week for South Woodham Evangelical Church, and Rev Lindsay Caplen their minister, giving thanks for the Christianity Explored course and other initiatives aimed at reaching Brigade families and people who use Parents and Toddlers and Messy Church. We pray also for Avenue Baptist Church, Southend, and their ministers Revs Andrew Picton and Jim Kilpin, giving thanks for new deacons, baptisms and members, and seeking more conversions and spiritual growth to underpin all they do. (See EBA Essex Prayer Diary on the church noticeboard for more details).
Pray for all of us at SWBC in our working lives. Pray for those who are retired and yet seem to be as busy as ever. Pray for those who work long hours in offices and classrooms, factories and homes. Pray for our relationships with work colleagues, employers and employees, that Christ might be modelled in all our relationships. Pray that we may have the courage and wisdom to act ethically at all times. Pray for those who are unemployed, underemployed, or who are seeking to change jobs.
Pray for everyone who lives with the reality of mental illness. We pray for wholeness and healing, patience and understanding. We pray for all who work to support others, praying this week for the Coffee, Cakes and Company initiative at St Mary’s (3pm today, and once a month), and for the work of MIND (led locally by Alison Wilson. MIND run a drop in breakfast morning on Tuesdays at SWBC, as well as using our building for counselling sessions throughout the week. May they have the resources they need to be a continuing help and support to all who need them.
We pray for all those impacted by the horrific outbreak of Ebola, particularly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. We pray for the desperately over-stretched medical resources and staff as they seek to deal with this crisis, as well as all the other medical issues they would normally be dealing with. Pray for the British troops deploying to Sierra Leone, that they will make a huge difference and be kept safe and well. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
‘Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing, God never changeth! Patient endurance attaineth to all things; who God possesseth in nothing is wanting; alone God sufficeth.’ (Teresa of Avila)
Please remember the Street and Prayer Pastors from across the churches this week.
Please pray with Churches Together for Ashdon Baptist Church and Wimbish School.