‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’ (Mark 9:35)
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 an incarnational community – living Christ’s presence in our homes, workplaces, and neighbourhoods. May we celebrate the grace and truth of God, as grace and truth for all those with whom we share our lives. Pray that God will show us the priorities we should have as a church, and that we will have the courage and grace to follow God in God’s priorities. Pray for our trustees and deacons, especially Mike Turner and Robert Wiseman as they begin a new period on the diaconate.
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 the newly launched Café Church (at Costa on the second Sunday of the month). Pray that this relaxed and interactive event will encourage Christians to invite their friends along.
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 Great Sampford as they have vital but difficult decisions ahead this year. In particular GS are asking questions about how to re-purpose their buildings, and which to retain for the future.
Pray for the churches and ministries represented by the Eastern Baptist Association (EBA) throughout our region, praying this week for Brightlingsea Baptist Church and their minister Roger Taylor, and for Benfleet Baptist Church and their minister Doug Crisp. Benfleet particularly ask us to pray for young families to join what is an ageing congregation. They also give thanks for God’s abundant provision and care. (EBA Essex Prayer Diary).
We continue to pray for our friends Sergio, Liz, and Chloe, living and working in Mozambique with BMS World Mission. We also pray for BMS itself, and this week their prayer guide encourages us to pray for the new opportunities that are opening up to BMS at the moment. Pray for their Director of Mission, Peter Dunn, and for all the regional team leaders as they seek God’s will and God’s way for the future. (Don’t forget to join with our regular missionary prayer meeting on Monday 1st February at 10.30am at Hunter’s Cottage, where we will also be focussing on praying for BMS World Mission).
Following contact with John Maddams, from one of the Nigerian pastors supported with Bibles from Lighthouse Prayer Ministry, we continue to pray for the churches and communities of Nigeria, particularly in the north, who face persecution from Boko Haram extremists. We are particularly encouraged to pray at this time as Presidential and government elections take place in February. We also continue to pray with John for Malawi following the recent devastating floods.
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.
Please remember the Street and Prayer Pastors from across the churches this week.
Please pray with Churches Together for Our Lady of Compassion Roman Catholic Church and St. Thomas More School