Prayer Requests – 22nd January 2012

Things for you to pray for this week …

 

  • give thanks for a very positive atmosphere at the  opening and dedication of the new lower school entrance by the Bishop of Bedford. Pray that the staff  would reflect a strong Christian ethos in their important and demanding work and pray for David Dyson as he leads them
  • give thanks for work of Festive and pray that this weekend’s conference would enable them to continue with enthusiasm in the coming year as they seek to encourage  leaders and young people involved in CU’s at upper school
  • pupils making applications to universities and colleges which will determine the course of the next few years. Pray they will be wise as they consider all aspects of academic, social and spiritual life in the choices they make and trust God with the actual outcome
  • as those who have worked in a particular role in church life look to step down or change, pray for God to prompt others to step forward or respond positively to invitations to take on something new in Christian service. Pray for Jo Nicholls coordinating Sunday groups and other coordinators to know how to manage situations for the benefit of our young people
  • give thanks that the Holiday Club, “Champions!”, is progressing well in planning and pray for young people to respond to the leaflets that will begin to be distributed at the end of January. Pray also for the core team of Sally Eddon, Katy Carter, Nicky Bailey and Martin Bailey to work together effectively as the wider team is built up
  • the PCC as we develop the mission of our church in line with the Living God’s Love initiative from the Bishop of St Albans; Going deeper into God, Transforming communities, Making new disciples
  • the local groups planning and preparing to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at the beginning of June and for the church to play its part willingly and effectively
  • all who have recently been bereaved – Peggy Ridley and family of Dick Ridley, Kings Close whose funeral will be here tomorrow
  • people who have received unwelcome news about their health and their close friends and family to have an awareness of God’s presence and look to him to settle their fears
  • Benny Wright, Edward Bean and others; for stamina during lengthy courses of treatment.
  • Doris Neale in residential care in Bedford
  • Phyllis Whitmore in hospital in Bedford
  • Dian McDonald-Smith recovering from surgery at Addenbrookes
  • Christian brothers and sisters in places of violent conflict, remembering the trouble in northern Nigeria (Bishop Ben Kwashi), Syria, Libya, Iraq (St George’s Chruch in Baghdad), Zimbabwe
  • the vulnerable—elderly , new born, very young, weak, sick , distressed in areas affected by disasters; Haiti, Japan, the Horn of Africa, Thailand
  • the impact of the tragic capsize and loss of life on the Costa Concordia to move people’s hearts as they reflect on the vulnerability of their own lives so that they might seek to know God