We continue to pray for the people of Afghanistan with so many complex needs, as foreign forces have left and the Taliban takes control, saying it is committing to a system of judicial justice under which citizens with appropriate visas will be able to leave on commercial flights. It is our prayer that Taliban control will result in peace, trustful security, and the resumption of normal life, as has been its promise. We ask that God will guide and overrule in the appointment of government officials so, with integrity, they will make sympathetic humanitarian decisions, and we are thankful that exit land routes are being explored for further evacuations. We ask God’s consolation and encouragement for families in North-West Nigeria where over 1,000 students have been abducted this year, 70 from their school this week. Imagining the life-long trauma they will suffer, we pray for God’s peace for all. Because fears have been voiced by the UN nuclear watchdog that North Korea might be expanding its banned nuclear programme, we pray that suspicion and distrust between nations will be diplomatically resolved, in this situation and between other countries, India and PNG, and for students in China as ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ is introduced into the education curriculum at all levels. We pray for first responders and all who work to relieve suffering and hardship in the situations of the Californian wildfire still raging, and Hurricane Ida’s chaos and devastation through extreme winds and storm surge in Louisiana.
Our City and State
5 Burne Whittaker Brooker (Retired Priest, Congregation) 2010
As Victoria enters a further extension of this lockdown, may God’s presence be known as everyone suffers losses, inconvenience, separation from friends and family, difficulties with home schooling and limitations working from home, job losses and economic challenges. May we all investigate and promote the benefits of vaccinations so that the good of the community will be our prime concern.
The Anglican Communion
Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (Abp Ezekiel Kondo). We give thanks for India as it cautiously opens up, with St Mark’s Cathedral, Bangalore holding its first attended service last Sunday since the beginning of the pandemic. We pray for the approval of a new province of the Anglican Church of Mozambique and Angola to be inaugurated this month, that God’s hand will be clear in its establishment, appointment of leadership and all the other dependant decisions, that it will show a clear presence of God amongst the people it serves.
The Australian Anglican Church
The Diocese of Adelaide (Abp Geoff Smith, Asst Bps Denise Ferguson, Timothy Harris, Dean-elect Bp Christopher McLeod; Clergy & People).
The Diocese of Melbourne
St David’s Doncaster East (Judy Frost).
Pray for the growth of love in Christ in our congregation during our series on Discipleship.
Those in Sickness or Need
Joan and Bill Woodhouse, John Zhong, Emilio, Chris, Robyn & David Forbes, Judy Clift, Andrew, Janet Marsden, John, Henri-Felix Vinson, Sum Vita, Martin, Rebecca, Eric Young, Madonna Doherty, Laurie Mahoney, Monique, Patsy King.
6 Wilma Caroline Attwood (Congregation) 2015
7 Philip St John Wilson (Canon) 1970
Oliver John Gillard (Kt (Lay Canon) 1984
8 Harold Bakewell Hewett (Archdeacon) 1948
Frederick Race Godfrey (Lay Canon) 1948
Sister Esther (Mother Founder CHN)
George Frederick Verdon (Kt Lay Canon) 1896