‘When Bartimaeus heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” … “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”’ (Mark 10: 47 & 51)
Pray for our church here at SWBC as we seek to be the people God is calling us to be. May we learn what it means to be a worshipping community – worshipping God alone through Christ alone. May we have our eyes opened so that we can see Jesus and his grace for us and for others. May we work together in the Spirit of Jesus to be a healthy church, a wholesome community, participating in relevant mission. Amen?
Please pray for Liz, Sergio and Chloe working with BMS World Mission in Mozambique. Sergio has contracted Malaria, and although responding well to treatment is very much in need of our prayer and support. They have also been suffering from power outages – not easy when Liz is trying to nurse a sick husband and look after Chloe! Pray, and keep sending messages of encouragement via email, Facebook, and even the postal system!
Pray for all the churches of Saffron Walden and the surrounding area. Pray for our joint activities, and activities we support together, thinking this week of Lent groups and activities in the different churches, including our own Animate series on Wednesday evenings. Pray also for our friends at Gold Street as they seek to finalise and complete their purchase of the old Methodist Chapel on Castle Street, and as they then work on the building to make it a place of worship and mission for years to come.
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 Thaxted as they plan for Wayne’s retirement in May.
Pray for the churches and ministries represented by the Eastern Baptist Association (EBA) throughout our region, praying this week for Broomfield Hospital and their Chaplain Andrew Mumford. He writes, ‘We continually give thanks to God, and to the Trust Board members, that Mid Essex takes Spiritual Care of its patients and staff so seriously. Chaplaincy is active on steering groups such as End of life and Bereavement care. Patient Experience and Organ Donation, and continues to be involved in the training of junior nursing and medical staff This year Allison Cline-Odean’s experience was recognised and she now contributes a Spiritual Healthcare perspective to the Trust’s dementia care planning and training strategy. Julia Sheffield has been invited to produce the trust’s first Spiritual and Pastoral Care policy in response to some wider care improvement initiatives. Please remember our work in your prayers.’ (EBA Essex Prayer Diary).
Pray for all British military personnel serving in conflict zones, praying especially for those from Carver Barracks, and their families, who are currently serving or awaiting deployment to Northern Iraq. Pray for the current Padre as his time at Carver concludes this month, and for the new Padre arriving in May.
Please remember the Street and Prayer Pastors from across the churches this week.
Please pray with Churches Together for Abbey Lane United Reformed Church (incorporating SW Methodist Church) and Dame Bradbury’s School