Give thanks for God's goodness, grace, protection and provision during these days (fine weather; family and friends; blessings of Church family & fellowship; all the spiritual care and support being exercised). Also remember to thank and to bless our great and good God for all His love, care, promises and mercy.
Give thanks that the Covid-19 tests on the residents in Abbeyfield house were negative.
Pray for individuals and families known to us who are mourning the loss of a loved one or waiting for and going through hospital treatment.
Pray for MAD Ministries as they complete compilation of material for an online Holiday club and pray for it's fruitful use over the summer. Pray for us as we consider how we may make use of it. Pray too for the many online Scripture Union projects available over the summer for children and young people. Pray for the finance to support it and for the communication and promotion to commend it widely.
Pray concerning the fraught and the challenging process of gradually emerging from lockdown; many competing, even conflicting, interests; many very anxious and hesitant citizens after shielding and separation; for the governments as they navigate testing policy decisions; for us all as we merge our welcoming of eased restrictions with exercise of care, caution and thoughtful restraint.
For the Kirk Session and Congregational Board meeting on Zoom next week to begin the process of preparing for the day our buildings can reopen.
For all Christian charities/agencies trying to continue their serving ministry while making huge administrative adjustments and facing financial challenges and concerns.
Pray on for our governments and their advisers as 'lockdown' restrictions soften; for wisdom to balance economic recovery, job protection and public health (physical & emotional); for all so adversely affected by current circumstances in education, the workplace, charity sector and in Christian ministry & mission.
Pray for Joel & Mayra (Joel Fernando) in Puebla, Mexico (see separate page) Pray for their protection, health, ongoing ministry of teaching, counselling and church planting via online means and for their caring ministry to neighbours, friends and strangers in great need at this time.
Finally, let's balance the heavy burdens with thankful praise to the Living God of Love for gospel grace, truth, peace, joy and hope in Christ crucified and risen.