This week we pray for those who are ill in body, mind or spirit and have asked for our prayers: George and Jean Hodgetts, Malcolm Wright, Rose Ward, Nina Davies, Vicki Ellis, George Carter, James Carr, Lindsey Dawes, Fred Clarke, Martin Holland, Ted Dodd, Chris Handley, Mike Harrison, Danny Peters, Stephen Wright, Sam Martin, Sisi Devi, Carmine Burrows, John Pemberton and Christine Chapman. “Lord Jesus, when you were on earth, they brought the sick to you and you healed them all. Today we ask you to bless all those in sickness, in weakness and in pain.”
For those known to you who have died, we pray: “Into your hands, Lord, we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters. In this life you embraced them with your tender love; deliver them now from every evil and bid them eternal rest.” We pray especially for Nigel Williams, a homeless man, who died recently. Prior to his death the Food Bank of Wednesbury supported him and we are most grateful for their compassion, help and support. “Lord God, today we pray for homeless women and men, some known to us, some known only to you. For those who have died may they now find an eternal home and rest with you, complete with joy and peace in your presence.”
We continue to pray for the family and friends of Betty Grainger especially Sharon Martin, her daughter; the family and friends of Hazel and Ernest Woodhall; and for the family and friends of Gordon Devey whose funeral was on Tuesday. “God of love and mercy, embrace all those whose hearts today overflow with grief. Grant them space to express their tears. Hold them close through the coming days.”
We will continue to include them in our prayers unless advised otherwise.
We are sorry to report the death of Betty Grainger, the mother Sharon Martin. Betty has been on our prayer list for quite a few weeks. Her daughter, Sharon, is a regular member of our congregation and our sincere sympathy, prayers and thoughts are with her at this very sad time.
Our prayers are also with the rest of Betty’s family and friends.
“Father of all, we pray to you for Betty Grainger and for all those whom we all love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”
HAZEL AND ERNEST WOODHALL We are sorry to report that Hazel and Ernest Woodhall died recently, only about a week apart. They are now reunited in death.
“Father of all, we pray for Hazel and Ernest now reunited in death. Grant to them eternal rest. May their souls rest in peace.”