‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.’ (1 Peter 1: 3-4a)
Pray for our church here at SWBC as we seek to be the Easter people God is calling us to be. May we learn what it means to be a resurrection community – celebrating God’s kingdom in the whole of our lives. We can’t always shout Hosanna with our voices, but we can live as the church of God building the kingdom of God in our homes, our neighbourhoods and our places of work. Your kingdom come, your will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven. Let us learn the reality of our new birth into a living hope. Amen?
Pray for all the churches of Saffron Walden and the surrounding area, praying especially for Abbey Lane URC as they celebrate their 350th anniversary this year, and as they look forward to welcoming their new minister – Revd Caroline Vodden – later this year (induction planned for 5th September). Pray for our CTSW plans for a Steve Murray mime event on Saturday 22nd May, 7.30pm at the Friends School.
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. We pray particularly for Wayne and Margaret at Thaxted as they prepare to move back to South Wales as Wayne retires in May, and for the church at Thaxted as they seek God for what happens next.
Pray for the churches and ministries represented by the Eastern Baptist Association (EBA) throughout our region, praying this week for Orchard Baptist Church, Colchester, and their minister Graeme Ross. Graeme writes: ‘The months ahead are going to be interesting for us. Two key couples are moving on and this will have an impact on the way that we do and that we are church. The natural response is to panic and then despair but rather than plugging gaps and trying to frantically replace (how inappropriate does that sound?) people, we will be spending time seeking God and considering what he is saying to us. As we remember that church is about God and not us, we know we will be encouraged as we look to and are led forwards by Him.’ (EBA Essex Prayer Diary).
Pray for our BMS World Mission workers Liz and Sergio (and daughter Chloe…) as they continue to serve God in Mozambique. Pray for BMS and all its ministries around the world, remembering especially our General Director David Kerrigan (who will be visiting SWBC this September).
Pray for our Street Pastors as they seek to recruit new volunteers. Pray for good opportunities to interact with people on Friday evenings, particularly as the nights are lighter and (hopefully) warmer.
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 new Padre (Alex) arriving in May. Pray for an NCO who is seriously ill, and for his family, squadron and friends.
Our friends Meninadanca, working with vulnerable children in Brazil, had distressing news this week of the tragic death of a young man. Please pray for all concerned.
Please remember the Street and Prayer Pastors from across the churches this week.
Please pray with Churches Together for St. Mary’s C of E Church and St. Mary’s C of E Primary School.