Parish Prayers: October

Parish praying

10 October 2016

For those that came (and those that didn’t make it) to our Parish Praying session on 10 October, here’s a reminder of what you might continue to pray for.

Parish Praying sessions take place every 2nd Monday of the month in the Link.  Our next session is Monday 14 November.

For our parish

  • The stewardship campaign – see the leaflet for ideas about issues for prayer.
  • Ministers in our United Benefice: clergy – Mary, Chuks, Barbara and Fiona: lay readers – Peter and Phil: ordinands – Sandy and Justin.
  • Our parish office as we go into a busy time of year – All Souls, Remembrance, planning for Advent and Christmas. Vic, and Zoe who helps out as a volunteer.
  • Planning for the Christmas Fair – a team to coordinate it, and lots of volunteers to run stalls.
  • Our evolving plans for Advent and Christmas – that our services and events will draw people to wonder about who Jesus is.
  • The prayer life of our parish – giving thanks for the meditation course and what may follow from it, and for those who lead our Sunday intercessions. For an increasing commitment to prayer by every member of the congregations, drawing us closer to God.
  • Our participation in the diocesan initiative: Transforming Church, Transforming Lives, to be launched here at All Saints Tide.
  • Members of the congregation who are ill or housebound – in general terms rather than by name.

Haslemere and around

  • The Remembrance Sunday service and ceremony at the Town Hall, as we remember the fallen from many conflicts and pray for peace
  • Current issues in the town, eg parking and the station, various plans for additional housing, and the need for new infrastructure to provide facilities for more people.
  • Our schools – those who have started school for the first time, those going to new schools.
  • Our continuing relationship with St Bart’s school despite fewer staff resources.
  • The Health Centre and the hospital.
  • Care homes, nursing homes and sheltered housing, especially Wispers and Redcot, where we have evolving ministries.

National and international affairs

  • The USA, approaching the presidential election – for God’s will to be done and integrity to be paramount.
  • Victims of Hurricane Matthew, especially for the devastation in Haiti – generosity in responding to appeals for funds.
  • The benefits system, and those who fall outside its scope despite their unmet needs.
  • Victims of terrorism across the world, including refugees.
  • All those involved with finding a way forward for the refugee camp at Calais.
  • Places in turmoil: Aleppo, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey…
  • Agencies working to bring relief, especially those with Christian roots.
  • All those persecuted for their faith.
  • Places and people on our hearts tonight.

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