We continue to pray for people who are experiencing cancer treatment, we pray for hope, health, supportive health professionals and for your presence throughout the treatment. We hold their support networks in our prayers also.
We pray for people in our community who are grieving, this week we pray for those who have said goodbye to a parent and we hold them and their families in our prayers this week.
We pray for our AGM and give thanks for those who have accepted the call to sit on our Church Council this year. We pray that they are open to your guidance, call, mission and gospel as they lead the community at Gungahlin.
We give thanks for the reopening of the Food Pantry this week and for the volunteers who bring it to life each week.
We join with the Canberra Region Presbytery as we pray for Wesley Uniting Church Forrest in particular we pray for;
- a safe return to in-person worship in November, and for our leaders, choir, musicians, and support volunteers adapting to the changing circumstances
- a safe return to in-person gatherings for our groups and facility hirers
- the continuing repair work to buildings following February 2020 hailstorm damage.
- our mission development work with support of Presbytery and UME, continuing into early 2022
- the Wesley Music Foundation, Wesley Music Centre, and the Wesley Music Scholars adapting creatively with plans for end of year concerts and events
We join with the National Assembly of the UCA as we pray for
- Members of the Assembly Standing Committee who will meet this weekend to continue their ongoing work.
- New President of the National Council of Churches in Australia Reverend John Gilmore as he offers national ecumenical leadership. We give thanks for the faithful service of outgoing President Bishop Philip Huggins.
- Rural and remote communities as borders re-open after months of lockdown. We pray people have access to vaccines and healthcare and we pray for the work of our Bush Chaplains in supporting those communities.
We join with the World Council of Churches as we pray for Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia
We are thankful for:
- the beauty of the land and waters of Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, and the special relationship that people enjoy with the natural environment
- the identities and cultural practices that indigenous peoples long have maintained, and for their increasing political voice
- how the people have welcomed new immigrants
- how churches have witnessed and worked together ecumenically, especially amid challenges of apathy in highly secularized societies.
We pray for:
- churches to have the imagination, skills and energy to build bridges of understanding in increasingly multireligious and multicultural contexts
- those who work tirelessly on issues of justice for the poor, the marginalized and the dispossessed, especially indigenous peoples
- those seeking refuge and a new life in these countries, and those supporting and providing for them
- careful preservation of the fragile land, sea, and resources.