As the world remembers 9/11 on the 20th anniversary, we pray for God’s peace which passes all understanding. Many countries are in conflict – Afghanistan, South Africa, Syria, Palestine, Ethiopia – for all of them, in their individual conflicts, we pray for wise decision makers and just government. In setting climate targets, we pray for governments as well as individuals to think and act responsibly, as the UN encourages the international community to investigate links between disasters, suggesting these are not isolated occurrences. Air pollution from coal-fired power stations is killing significant numbers of people in western Balkans where WHO recommended health levels of pollution have been exceeded and COP26 climate talks in November are urged to prioritise adaptation as extreme weather and rising seas call for urgent action. Faced with such facts, we ask God to lead people everywhere in care for others, the environment and use of sustainable energy. We ask that in the wake of the Mexico earthquake, Hurricane Ida and the aftermath in New Orleans (as the death toll rises with continuing recovery efforts), and for all areas of the world affected by fires, God would comfort all who have lost relatives, property and livelihoods and enable first responders and neighbours to lessen the disaster impacts. Regarding the Covid pandemic, we give thanks that Tanzania is stepping up its vaccination programme, but ask for a change of heart as America’s number of infections soar with slowing vaccination rates. In Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City particularly, we pray for relief as food is short under an extended total lockdown with a fourth wave nightmare where everyone is struggling to survive. In Canadian, protests and violence against the Prime Minister during his election campaign have focussed around handling of issues related to the pandemic, and we pray that irrational and uncontrolled demonstrations would be curbed. For India, where lack of political participation by women is impacting policy and decision making, we pray for gender equality to be advanced, and for Paris as the trial of those accused of the 2015 terrorist attacks begins, we pray there will be no further violence, and justice will prevail.
Our City and State
12 Reginald Gordon Brewer (Congregation) 2000
We give thanks for the National Women’s Safety Summit highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander women were significantly more likely to suffer and we continue to pray for reconciliation and equality.
The Anglican Communion
The Anglican Church of Tanzania (Abp Maimo Mndolwa, Primate).
The Australian Anglican Church
The Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn (Bp Mark Short, Asst Bps Stephen Pickard, Carol Wagner, Dean Phillip Saunders, Clergy & People)
The Diocese of Melbourne
Angliss Health Services; The Anglican Parish of Rowville and Ferntree Gully (Hilton Jordan, Luke Pedersen)
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, Patsy King, Maureen Wilson, 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.
13 Sir George Frederick Verdon (Lay Canon) 1896
14 George Ralph O’Brien (Lay Canon) 1990
15 David Mack Jost (Benefactor) 2000
Charles Carty Salmon (Lay Canon) 1917
Edward Charles Rigby (Lay Canon, Benefactor) 1958
Helen Mabel Rusden (Congregation) 1988
18 Madge Jamieson (Cathedral Secretary, Benefactor) 1994
Sir Samuel Wadham (Lay Canon) 1994