‘Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.’ (1 Peter 1: 22-23)
Pray for our church here at SWBC as we seek to be the Easter people God is calling us to be. May we learn what it means to be a resurrection community – celebrating God’s kingdom in the whole of our lives. May we be filled with and characterised by love – sincere love, deep love from the heart. May we know we are precious to God - loved with an everlasting love. May we have the courage to believe in a God who loves his enemies and challenges us to love our enemies too. Amen?
Pray for all the churches of Saffron Walden and the surrounding area. Pray for our CTSW plans for a Steve Murray mime event on Saturday 22nd May, 7.30pm at the Friends School.
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 Thaxted as they come to terms with the dreadful shock of losing their Church Secretary Phil Sandom. Pray for his widow Debbie, and their 3 young adult children. And pray for the church as they seek God’s direction in the coming months. Lord, have mercy.
Pray for the churches and ministries represented by the Eastern Baptist Association (EBA) throughout our region, praying particularly for our Regional ministers: Richard Lewis (Team leader and Northern sector), Simon Goddard (Central sector), and Nick Lear (Southern sector). Pray for David Mayne our EBA Council Moderator, and for the need to find a new Moderator in 2016. And pray for Hayley Beckett our EBA administrator, and all who give time and energy to our regional association.
Pray for our BMS World Mission workers Liz and Sergio (and daughter Chloe…) as they continue to serve God in Mozambique. Pray for BMS and all its ministries around the world, remembering especially our General Director David Kerrigan (who will be visiting SWBC this September).
Pray for our minister John, on a Journey of Reconciliation study trip to Israel from 20th April to 1st May, for safety and inspiration for the 30 or so members of the tour.
Pray for our Street Pastors as they seek to recruit new volunteers. Pray for good opportunities to interact with people on Friday evenings, particularly as the nights are lighter and (hopefully) warmer.
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 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 Sewards End and Little Walden C of E Churches and Radwinter Primary School.