‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Mark 15:34)
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 a praying community – trusting God in prayer with our lives, with the lives of our friends and with the life and future direction of this church. May we continue to cry out to God even when we feel forsaken. May we keep praying for one another so that we know that we are never on our own.
Please pray for Liz, Sergio and Chloe working with BMS World Mission in Mozambique. Sergio recently contracted Malaria, and although responding well to treatment continues to be in need of our prayer and support. We also pray for Mark and Susanna Greenwood as Mark takes on the role of regional director for BMS World Mission with responsibility for Mozambique.
Pray for all the churches of Saffron Walden and the surrounding area. Pray for our joint activities, and activities we support together, thinking this week of Lent groups and activities in the different churches, including our own Animate series on Wednesday evenings. Pray for our CTSW Good Friday Walk of Witness, and plans for a mime event at Pentecost.
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 Gavin at Ashdon as he seeks local part-time employment (2 days a week).
Pray for the churches and ministries represented by the Eastern Baptist Association (EBA) throughout our region, praying this week for Sprngfield Park Baptist Church, Chelmsford, and their minister Roger Stark. They give thanks for their minister, for unity during his recent sabbatical, and for new people attending. They ask us to pray for people in their church living with life-limiting illnesses including cancer, and for their plans to improve their building. We are also asked to pray for Pier Avenue Baptist Church, Clacton on Sea, and their minister Sean Fountain. They give thanks for continued growth, community involvement and their work with vulnerable and homeless people. They ask us to pray for the Mission to Clacton taking place in May this year. (EBA Essex Prayer Diary).
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 current Padre (Seoras) as his time at Carver concludes this month, and for the new Padre (Alex) arriving in May.
Please remember the Street and Prayer Pastors from across the churches this week.
Please pray with Churches Together for Abbey Lane United Reformed Church (incorporating SW Methodist Church) and Dame Bradbury’s School