As the school year comes to an end we pray for all the students, teachers, executives and staff of the schools in and around Gungahlin. In particular we pray for the year ten students preparing to move to college next year and for the teachers who have cared for, inspired and encouraged them over the years.
We pray for all moving home, we especially hold Pauline in our prayers.
We pray for the staff, volunteers and clients of the food pantry, we give thanks for its ministry and pray you continue to challenge us to find new ways to connect with the community around us.
We give thanks for the leadership of the Boys and Girls Brigades over the year, for the way they’ve continued to care for, encourage and inspire the young people in the brigade. We hold Wayne, Miranda and their family in our prayers as they finish with the brigade and prepare to move. We pray that new leaders may find themselves called to serve as a part of the ministries.
We join in prayer with the National Assembly of the UCA as we pray for:
- A generous and compassionate response to the millions of displaced Afghan refugees living in fear and insecurity.
- The Christian community in Syria and Lebanon, the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon and all those mourning the loss of Rev Dr Salim Sahyouni.
- Leaders of worship and faith formation across our Church who are guiding us prayerfully through the Advent season and who are busily preparing for the joyful worship of the Christmas season.
We join in prayer with the World Council of Churches as we pray for Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
We are thankful for:
- those who have remained in these countries through years of conflict and oppression
- Christians who bear witness in the region even though they are small in number
- the many who have provided for humanitarian assistance and peace-building
- refugees from these countries who are enriching the societies in which they now have made their home.
We pray for:
- those who continue to bear physical and emotional scars from years of conflict
- victims of monsoons and other disasters in the region
- economic development to improve life for all people and the environment
- political stability amid competing powers.
We continue praying with the World Council of Churches by participating in their weekly prayer cycle and praying with the rest of the world.