‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ (Matthew 6:19-21)
Pray for all of us at SWBC in our working lives. Pray for those who are retired and yet seem to be as busy as ever. Pray for those who work long hours in offices and classrooms, factories and homes. Pray for our relationships with work colleagues, employers and employees, that Christ might be modelled in all our relationships. Pray that we may have the courage and wisdom to act ethically at all times. Pray for those who are unemployed, underemployed, or who are seeking to change jobs.
Pray for our lunch club, and for all the leaders and volunteers who make it happen. Pray for the 40 to 50 people who gather for food and friendship every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. Pray for wisdom for our church as we consider how best to improve our kitchen facilities in the months ahead, and for Arthur and the fabric team as they analyse plans and costings.
Pray for our town and surrounding villages – the communities we are part of and seek to serve. Pray for Churches Together in Saffron Walden as we continue to develop friendship and cooperation between the churches of our town. Pray this week for Gold Street Chapel, worshipping at SWCHS, and for their minister Jonathan Burton. Thank God for their ministry in Saffron Walden, and particularly for the leading role they play in VBS and Street Pastors. Pray for them as they continue to seek God’s wisdom and direction regarding a potential new building.
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. Give thanks for the new ‘Extra Worship’ evenings at Ashdon, which began last Sunday and will continue once a month, and ask that they will be blessed and that they will be a blessing. Pray also for the churches an ministries represented by the Eastern Baptist Association (EBA) throughout our region, this week particularly remembering Queens Hospital, Romford, and their chaplain Alison Horncastle, and Shoeburyness and Thorpe Bay Baptist Church, and their minister David Mayne. (See EBA Essex Prayer Diary on the church noticeboard for more details).
Please remember this week’s Street Pastors Kevin Streater and Mary Lewendon, and Prayer Pastors Avril Streater, Jeanie and Robert Wiseman.
Please pray with Churches Together for Ashdon Baptist Church and Wimbish School.