‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that easily distracts, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.’ (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Pray for our Baptist Union, that as Baptists Together we might be a generous and Christlike presence in our nation. Pray for Lynn Green, our General Secretary, as she provides oversight and leadership to our denomination. Give thanks that following intensive treatment for cancer, Lynn is back at work and doing well – let’s keep praying! Pray for the work of Home Mission as we seek to encourage and re-vision existing churches, and as we seek to pioneer new churches and new forms of ministry.
Pray for our nation in the weeks following the Scottish referendum. May those who are pleased, relieved, or disappointed find ways of working together to build a strong and just future. At a time when Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are on the increase, pray for all of us to learn again what it means to be a good neighbour. Pray that our politicians and leaders will take good and wise decisions that build community cohesion rather than furthering division and separation – economically, ethnically, geographically – may we truly be a United Kingdom.
Pray for our church, particularly as we process the outcomes of our discussion morning on Sunday 21st September to discuss our calling and ministry to children and families. Give thanks for all the work that is currently happening, and for all the leaders who give sacrificially of their time and energy – for Sunday Club and Tiddlywinks, Grid and Grid Plus, Youth Small Group, Boy’s Brigade, Guides and Brownies, Scouts, X:Site, Revolution, VBS… Pray also for new leaders and helpers to come forward (particularly in Grid and Tiddlywinks). Pray for us as we gather as a church meeting on Monday.
Pray for our town and surrounding villages – the communities we are part of and seek to serve. Pray for Churches Together in Saffron Walden as we continue to develop friendship and cooperation between the churches of our town. 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 for Meninadanca, and their significant work of providing a place of refuge and safety for at risk girls in Brazil, and as they challenge the laws and authorities that permit the culture of abuse and risk to persist. Pray for Matt Roper, his family, and all who are committed to this inspirational ministry. Lord, have mercy.
Pray for Liz, Sergio and Chloe out in Mozambique. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of their new September prayer letter.
Please remember this week’s Street Pastors Clare Holland & Tracy Todman, and Prayer Pastors John Maddams and Kathryn Winfield.
Please pray with Churches Together for The Society of Friends and Friends School.