Things to pray for this week …
- In the gospel today we are reminded of service and humility. Christ instructs us that “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Pray that we will consider how we can put this into practice in our church and community.
- Jesus also stressed the importance of little children, saying that by serving them we directly serve the Lord. Pray for Jen and all the work with families and young children that she is involved in. Pray particularly for Messy church today and in the future that it will engage with all who attend in a lasting and meaningful way.
- Pray for the people whose lives have been devastated by rain and flood, particularly those effected by the flash floods in China and the landslide in the Philippines; pray that they are comforted, the vulnerable protected, the weak strengthened and the spread of disease kept at bay. Pray for mercy on all those working to rescue the stranded and to feed the hungry.
- In a period of tremendous political, economic and social change in our UK nations. Pray that the Church will ‘rise up’ and take a positive lead in promoting reconciliation, both within communities where needed and between the nations of the UK that in these uncertain times, many will open up to the hope and certainty of the good news of Jesus.
Collect for Trinity 17
you call us to fullness of life:
deliver us from unbelief
and banish our anxieties
with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord.