Things to pray for this week …
- In the Gospel reading set for today Jesus says, “Come follow me.” Pray that in our journeying with Him, we may never lose our sense of direction, and never lose sight of the landmark
towards which we travel. And should cloud or rain obscure our vision, pray we may draw closer to Him, so that our feet may tread in His footsteps, His words be our encouragement,
and His love our protection.
- We pray for those who will be gathering at Cenotaphs around the country for today’s Remembrance Day Services; for all those taking part to be kept safe. Give thanks for all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in freedom and peace.
- This week is Anti-Bullying Week. The theme this year is ‘Choose Respect’. The aim is to take a stand against bullying and raise awareness in schools, colleges and organisations. We pray for all who are being bullied, and for initiatives that aim to prevent bullying.
- In the light of yet another spate of stabbings of young teenagers we need to pray fervently for our young people; pray for a change in the culture in which they live, pray for their home lives, pray for the teaching they receive and for their safety.
- This week is also Interfaith week which aims to build good relationships and working partnerships between people of different faiths. We pray that this week is successful in highlighting the importance of interfaith relations. And particularly remember the families and friends of the victims of the attack in Pittsburgh and for the wider Jewish community in the USA and across the world.
Collect for the Third Sunday before Advent
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. AMEN