‘Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!’ Amos 5: 23-24)
Pray for our church here at SWBC as we seek to be the people God is calling us to be. May we have the courage and grace to listen for God’s voice, and to respond with lives lived loving God with all we have and all we are, and loving our neighbours as ourselves. Pray that God will show us how to be good neighbours to those around us. Pray for us as we continue to learn to be a worshipping community – worshipping sacrificially with our lives and actions as well as our songs and prayers.
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 especially for Sue (and her husband Malcolm) as she ministers to the whole village, not just the few who gather as the Baptist Church. May her energy and enthusiasm be strengthened and rewarded in the months ahead. Pray that the church will grow spiritually and numerically, and that they may have the wisdom and courage needed to plan for the future.
Pray also for the churches and ministries represented by the Eastern Baptist Association (EBA) throughout our region, praying this week for Church from Scratch in Southend, and their ministers Ivan King and Peter Dominey, and for their autumn initiative “40 Days of Passionate Spirituality” - 6 weeks to inspire our walk with Jesus. Pray also for their social enterprise initiative, Shared Space. And we are also asked to pray for one of EBA’s newest churches, 57 West (Southend) and for their minister Dan Pratt. Among other requests they give thanks for baptisms and ask for prayer particularly for their ministry among rough sleepers and addicts – that they might find freedom and salvation. (See EBA Essex Prayer Diary on the church noticeboard for more details).
Pray for our Boys’ Brigade as they meet at SWBC every Tuesday. Pray for all the leaders and helpers, and for the boys and their families. Pray for the plans for BB camp next summer in North Norfolk.
We pray for all those impacted by the horrific outbreak of Ebola, particularly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. We pray for the desperately over-stretched medical resources and staff as they seek to deal with this crisis, as well as all the other medical issues they would normally be dealing with. Pray for the British troops deploying to Sierra Leone, that they will make a huge difference and be kept safe and well. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers. Pray for Mali, which has had its first case confirmed last week, and for all the medical staff from many countries and for those who have returned home to receive treatment themselves. Lord, have mercy.
Please remember the Street and Prayer Pastors from across the churches this week.
Please pray with Churches Together for All Saints, Ashdon and Debden School.