‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace on those on whom his favour rests.’ (Luke 2:14)
Pray for all who are committing themselves to make this world as better place for the most vulnerable. Pray for those in the conflict zones of Syria and Northern Iraq, especially for the countless refugees living in such terrible conditions. Pray for organisations like Oxfam, Christian Aid, UNICEF, and others that they will have the resources they need to do the work that is needed. We continue to pray for all those effected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and for those working with them. We pray for Christians and people of other faiths who are persecuted because of their beliefs, praying especially for Northern Nigeria, Sudan, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.
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 especially this week for those dealing with the loss of loved ones. Remember Tom and Melanie and their family as they celebrate their grand-daughter Melissa’s life at her funeral on Friday, and for Robert Wiseman and his family as they meet for Robert’s father’s funeral on Thursday.
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 all four churches as we plan our Christmas activities, doing all for the glory of God, and seeking to bless our communities in the process.
Pray for the churches and ministries represented by the Eastern Baptist Association (EBA) throughout our region, praying this week for Walton-on-the-Naze Baptist Church and their minister Brian Jennings, and for Homelands free Church, Walton-on-the-Naze, and their minister Graham Dallisson: ‘Homelands Free Church continues in good heart and is encouraged by the new folk moving to the area and joining the church. We are also encouraged by contacts established through Messy Church – please pray that we may be guided to ways of developing these. The church is also considering the future prayerfully as its minister retires in a little over a year. Please join us in thanking God for the past and trusting for the future.’ (EBA Essex Prayer Diary).
Pray for all British military personnel serving in conflict zones, and preparing to be deployed, praying especially for those from Carver Barracks, and their families.
Please remember the Street and Prayer Pastors from across the churches this week.
Please pray with Churches Together for New Life Pentecostal and
Great Chesterford School.