Thanks to Dorothy, our President, for the prayer points below, to the people who have contributed various other parts to the page, and to the people at Sermon Central, who have made it possible to share with you some video messages of hope and encouragement in these unprecedented times. Please feel free to pray on the points given, reflect on the thoughts shared, to watch the videos below, to read the suggested Scriptures, and to reflect on what a great and awesome God we serve.
Alan Harrison (Communications Officer)
Week Commencing 7th June 2021
“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”
(2 Samuel 22:31)
This verse is part of David’s song to God when He delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and the hand of Saul.
It is a verse which both encourages and challenges us.
David knew the reality of the words in his own life and gave testimony of his own experiences. The Star of David, now a recognised emblem of the State of Israel, is referred to as the Magen David in Hebrew, also translated as ‘Shield of David’.
David’s life was far from perfect but through all of it he had come to the knowledge that God’s way and Word is without flaw and that He will protect all who turn to him and trust in Him.
What is our testimony today? As we reflect on the events over the past 18 months, what has been our experience of God? David’s life was not without sorrow and loss yet still He praised God and acknowledged His protection. Are we doing the same?
May God bless and keep you in His care now and always,
Dorothy Kendrick, Connexional President
Long Lane, Liverpool: Please can you pray for the family of Muriel Adams who passed away on Saturday 4th June at the nursing home in Llandudno Junction. She had been diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of this year and would have been 93 years old later this month. Her son Mark lives in America, Robert has latter stages of MS, Nigel is a C of E minister in Nottingham and Roger is a Methodist Lay minister in the Conway Valley.
West Camel: Lord, we thank You for Your Church, and its witness through the last 2,000 years. We thank You that You are still building Your Church, and that, despite the failings of its members, it will emerge victorious in the end. Please keep Your people faithful. Amen.
Please pray about the response of our churches to government consultation on plans to place a responsibility on all public venues including churches to address terrorist threats (more details can be found in the weekly email).
Friends at West Camel hope to be organising a Holiday Club in August at the Church for children aged 4-12.
There will be no Prayer Sheet next week due to holidays.
Please do submit any prayer requests or good news stories to share from your churches, by sending them to the Resource Centre. It really would be lovely to hear from you.
Week Commencing 31st May 2021
“How great is God – beyond our understanding!”
(Job 36:26a, NIV)
What a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend! The weather has been beautiful and so welcome after weeks of grey skies and cold winds. We have much to thank God for. After months of Lockdown, we can begin to enjoy less restrictions, move about a little more freely and enjoy some lovely sunshine.
All our churches will be making decisions of various kinds during the coming weeks. Please continue to pray for one another. Each situation is different and much thought and prayer is required to discern God’s purposes for now and the future.
The Government too has difficult decisions ahead of them. There are the ongoing discussions about the roadmap out of Lockdown but also on the 11-13 June, the UK is hosting the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Cornwall. This is a conference where leaders from the seven largest economies – the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States of America, this year also joined by South Korea, India, South Africa and Australia – will meet and discuss how they can play a strong role in tackling global challenges, such as the climate emergency.
How privileged we are. How great is God! Whatever we need to decide, we do not have to rely on ourselves. Our God is great– beyond our understanding. He is able to guide and lead us into the right paths. May we be obedient to Him in all our decision making.
Dorothy Kendrick, Connexional President
The Bible calls upon us to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:2) and Tearfund have asked churches to pray ahead of this meeting for these world leaders who have the power to set in motion significant action to tackle the climate crisis. They ask that we pray that the leaders attending the summit will have the following Bible verses at the heart of what they seek to achieve.
- Deuteronomy 15:7-8
- Psalm 82:3
In your prayers this week, name each country who will be represented – UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States of America, South Korea, India, South Africa and Australia – and declare the verses over them. Read more here.
As mentioned on the Prayer Sheet a few weeks ago, we asked for prayer for Bill and Pamela Hampson’s grand-daughter Holly. We give thanks that she is now off the ventilator and has gained a few ounces in weight. Please do continue to pray for this little girl and her family.