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September's Daily Prayer

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1 September 2020Bromsgrove Team Ministry

Please pray for a continued safe return to worship at All Saints’ church and to all the activities that take place in our community hall. Also that we might have a clearer vision for outreach and growth. Clergy: David Ford; Reader: Rosemary Sumner.

Ondo (Nigeria): Bishop Stephen Oni
Calabar (Nigeria): Bishop Tunde Adeleye
Kinshasa (Congo): Bishop Achille Mutshindu
2 September 2020Diocese of Peru

Lockdown has meant that the Anglican Church of Peru has very little income and clergy are not being paid. Pray for the clergy and their families as they struggle to survive without their stipend, and for Bishop Jorge as he tries to support them and guide the Anglican Church through these difficult times.

Ontario (Canada): Bishop Michael Oulton
Calcutta (India): Bishop Probal Kanto Dutta
3 September 2020Bromsgrove Team Ministry

Pray for St John the Baptist w St Andrew Charford. For the safe restart of our community hall and worship in church. We especially pray for renewed vision and purpose in the coming months. Clergy: Ray Khan, Janet Hatton, David Lingwood; Reader: Hilda Roxborough.

Ogbomoso (Nigeria): Bishop Titus Babtunde Olayinka
Caledonia (Canada): Bishop David TJ Lehmann
Calgary (Canada): Bishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson
4 September 2020Bromsgrove Team Ministry

We give thanks for the members of the congregation of Christ Church, Catshill who have been ensuring our older people are safe, well and have all they need, and for being so patient as we wait for a return to normality. Clergy: Bev Robertson; Reader: Geoffrey Westwood.

Oregon (USA): Bishop Michael Hanley
California (USA): Bishop Marc Andrus
5 September 2020Bromsgrove Team Ministry

Please pray for a continued safe return to worship in church at St Godwald in Finstall and to all the activities that take place in our community hall. Please also pray for vision for our ministry amongst children and young families. Clergy: David Ford; Reader: Janet Hewe.

Orlu (Nigeria): Bishop Bennett Okoro
Cameroon (West Africa): Bishop Dibo Thomas-Babyngton Elango
Kirinyaga (Kenya): Bishop Joseph Kibichwa
6 September 2020Climate Sunday 2021

Lord, We give thanks for your wonderful creation and pray that you grant us wisdom and energy to be better stewards of our world. Amen.

Today marks the first Sunday in the annual season of Creationtide. This year, as part of a new initiative to combat climate change, A Rocha
UK are encouraging Christian churches of all denominations to take action before a national Climate Sunday event on 5 September 2021.

Churches are invited to do one or more of the following three things:
• Hold a Climate-focused service, thinking about and praying for creation care.
• Make a commitment as a church community to take long-term action in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
• Call for the UK government to be bold and courageous in leading the UK’s response to climate change.

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, said: “Climate Sunday will be a brilliant resource to help Church of England parishes understand and respond to the climate crisis. As we work out how to cut our carbon emissions every year to reach net zero emissions by 2030, Climate Sunday will motivate, encourage and inspire our churches to keep going on this journey.”

Find out more and register on their website: www.climatesunday.org.

Bromsgrove Deanery - Rural Dean: Paul Lawlor

Praying for our Baptism families - Loving Father, thank you for the parents of children waiting to be baptised. Help them to know your presence in their lives and to share that love and care with their families and those they meet. Amen.

Salisbury: Bishop Nicholas Holtam, with Bishops Andrew Rumsey (Ramsbury) & Karen Gorham (Sherborne)
Cape Town (Southern Africa): Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
St Asaph (Wales): Bishop Gregory Cameron
Ribe (Denmark): Bishop Elof Westergaard
7 September 2020Holy Trinity Dodford & St Mary

Please pray for unity for all at Dodford Church as we consider the planned changes which will be made to our worship and services. Clergy: Bev Robertson; Reader: Sally Burdett.

Oru (Nigeria): Bishop Geoffrey Chukwunenye
Canberra & Goulburn (Australia): Bishop Mark Short
8 September 2020Redditch Town Centre Ecumenical Covenant

With Redditch Baptist Church without a minister and with new leaders starting at our Methodist / URC LEP (Emmanuel) and the Redditch Salvation Army; we pray for good relationships to continue and form.

Canterbury: Archbishop Justin Welby with Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin (Dover)
Osaka (Japan): Bishop Andrew Haruhisa Iso
9 September 2020Diocese of Morogoro

With additional pressure placed on members of the medical profession due to Covid-19, we continue to pray for the work of Berega Hospital and its satellite health clinic in the village of Tunguli. May God bless the efforts of the doctors and nurses who continue to care despite a lack of resources and staff and pray for the Director, Canon Isaac Mgego.

Osun (Nigeria): Bishop James Afolabi Popoola
Cape Coast (West Africa): Bishop Victor Atta-Baffoe
10 September 2020Ipsley Team Ministry

At St Peter’s Church, we thank God for the regular online services during lockdown and pray for safety as we gradually open the church for private prayer, services and occasional offices. Clergy: Garth Nathaniel; Readers: Peter McLaren, David Hargreaves, Christine McLaren, Catherine McLaren, Linda Nicholas, Chris Tilley.

Carlisle: Bishop James Newcome with Bishop Emma Ineson (Penrith)
Osun North (Nigeria): Bishop Abiodun T Olaoye
Cape Town (South Africa): Bishop Thabo Makgoba
11 September 2020Ipsley Team Ministry

We pray for guidance in how to support the church family at St John the Evangelist, Greenlands and our local community and vision as we seek new ways to connect with those around us in these ever changing times. Clergy: Paul Lawlor; Readers: Rosemary Humphrey, Maureen Hughes, Vicki Quarton.

Cashel & Ossory (Ireland): Bishop Michael Burrows
Osun North East (Nigeria): Bishop Ebenezer Akorede Okuyelu
12 September 2020Ipsley Team Ministry

Pray for Christ Church, Matchborough and give thanks for outreach into our community in these unusual times. Pray for the appointment of a new Community Missioner. Clergy: Ian Evans; Readers: Phil Williams, Marilyn Bishop.

Ottawa (Canada): Vacant
Central Buganda (Uganda): Bishop Michael Lubowa
13 September 2020Readers' Licensing

Please pray for our new Readers as they begin a new chapter in their ministerial journeys.

On 19 September, five people will be admitted to the office of Reader in a special service.

Readers are also known as Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) and are authorised in particular to exercise a ministry of preaching and teaching. They undergo a two-year training course, which ends with the award of a Certificate in Higher Education. After being licensed they carry out a wide range of tasks within their parishes and beyond, especially helping others to reflect on their faith and how it relates to their daily lives. This year’s new lay ministers are:
• Sue Hiscocks who will serve at St John’s Charlton in the benefice of Fladbury, Wyre Piddle, Hill & Moor, Cropthorne and Charlton
• Alison Lewis who will serve at St Leonard’s, Clent in the benefice of Holy Cross North
• Charles Morgan who will serve at St John the Baptist, Halesowen in the Halas Team
• Carol Morris who will serve at St George’s in the Kidderminster East team
• Sally Spencer who will also serve at St John the Baptist, Halesowen in the Halas Team

At the same time, Yukiko Johnson, who will be licensed in the Diocese of London where she works with a Japanese congregation, will be welcomed with Permission to Officiate in our diocese.

Bromsgrove Deanery - Rural Dean: Paul Lawlor

The Anglican Church of South America: Archbishop Gregory Venables
Bath and Wells: Bishop Peter Hancock, with Bishop Ruth Worsley (Taunton)
Tuam, Killala and Achonry (Ireland): Bishop Patrick Rooke
14 September 2020Christ the King Team Ministry

At St Matthias & St George, Astwood Bank, please pray for the Recovery Group that has been set up to look at mission and ministry as we emerge from lockdown and the effects of pandemic; that we may discern the leading of the Holy Spirit as we plan for the future. Clergy: Glenn Reading, Victoria Barlow; Reader: Roger Ling.

Otukpo (Nigeria): Bishop David Bello
Central Busoga (Uganda): Bishop Patrick Wakula
Kisangani (Congo): Bishop Lambert Funga Botolome
15 September 2020Christ the King Team Ministry

At The Bridge, Headless Cross, please pray that we may discern the leading of the Holy Spirit in our plans for the future as we set up a group to look at mission and ministry as we begin to emerge from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Clergy: Glenn Reading, Victoria Barlow; Reader: Roger Ling.

Owerri (Nigeria): Bishop Chukwuma Oparah
Central Ecuador (USA): Bishop Victor Scantlebury
Kita Kanto (Japan): Bishop Zerubbabel Katsuichi Hirota
16 September 2020The Protestant Church of Central Germany

Pray for our bishop, Friedrich Kramer, who is touring our vast church to celebrate evening prayer with a different congregation every week. God bless his work and the people he meets who let their prayers rise to heaven from the most remote churches.

Owo (Nigeria): Bishop Stephen Ayodeji Fagbemi
Central Florida (USA): Bishop Gregory Brewer
17 September 2020Christ the King Team Ministry

Please pray for the people of St. Peter, Crabbs Cross as they look to a new future after Fr Mike’s retirement serving the parish for 30 years. Also prayers for Fr Mike and his family as they start a new chapter of their lives in retirement. Clergy: Vacant.

Oxford: Bishop Steven Croft with Bishops Colin Fletcher (Dorchester), Alan Wilson (Buckingham) & Olivia Graham (Reading)
Central Gulf Coast (USA): Bishop Russell Kendrick
Central Melanesia (Melanesia): Bishop Leonard Dawea
18 September 2020Holy Trinity Team Ministry

At St Leonard, Beoley, please pray for our ongoing work with schools and young people; that we find new and relevant ways of reaching out in a new academic year; that we adapt our mission and ministry in a new season of church life to engage with existing and new members alike. Clergy: Francis Moloney, Paul Irving. Readers: Norma Walters, Margaret Lloyd, Enid Mullis.

Oyo (Nigeria): Bishop Williams Oluwarotimi Aladekugbe
Central New York (USA): Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe
19 September 2020Holy Trinity Team Ministry

At St Bartholomew, Tardebigge, please pray that the Lord would bless our relationship with all associated with Tardebigge CE First School; build our ministry to young families, and grow our churches spiritually and numerically. Clergy: Richard Clark.

Pacong (South Sudan): Bishop Joseph Maker Atot
Central Newfoundland (Canada): Bishop John Watton
Kitale (Kenya): Bishop Stephen Kewasis
20 September 2020Clergy Conference

Please pray that this conference provides refreshment and a time of relaxation for our clergy. Please also pray that they are renewed by God’s blessing during this time.

Clergy from around the Diocese will gather together online to explore the theme of ‘Water in the Wilderness’ for this year’s conference over 29 and 30 September.

Together, our clergy will take time to pray and reflect helped by several speakers from outside the Diocese. David Runcorn, a well-known writer and teacher, will provide biblical reflections on ‘Losing and Finding’. Bishop Emma Ineson of Penrith will consider what Trinity-shaped ministry looks like, whilst Mark Oakley, a priest who writes profoundly about poetry, will draw on a treasury of verse to enrich everyone’s

In between the online sessions, there will be plenty of space for conversation, silence, walking, relaxing and gathering in small socially-distanced groups, where possible. For many people, lockdown has proved long, difficult and tiring, feeling very much like a wilderness.

Bromsgrove Deanery - Rural Dean: Paul Lawlor

Episcopal Church of South Sudan: Archbishop Justin Badi Arama
Sheffield: Bishop Pete Wilcox, with Bishop-designate Sophie Jelley (Doncaster)
Sodor and Man: Bishop Peter Eagles
Greenland (Denmark): Bishop Sofie Petersen
21 September 2020Holy Trinity Team Ministry

At St Stephen, Redditch, we pray that God will help us show his love to the wider Redditch community as we seek to open our doors for prayer, worship and in loving service. Clergy: Paul Lawlor.

Kiteto (Tanzania): Bishop Isaiah Chambala
Kitgum (Uganda): Bishop Wilson
Kitara Kitui (Kenya): Bishop Josephat Mule
22 September 2020Holy Trinity Team Ministry

At St Philip, Webheath, please pray for our relationship with our Primary School; that we can successfully relate to our growing local community. Please also pray for funding to complete the church annex. Clergy: Richard Clark.

Panama (Central America): Bishop Julio Murray Thompson
Central Pennsylvania (USA): Bishop Audrey Scanlan
Kivu (Rwanda): Bishop Augustin Ahimana
23 September 2020Economy and Daily Life

Pray for the ministry of workplace chaplaincy through the Ecumenical Partnerships, the Black County Urban Industrial Mission (BCUIM) and Faith at Work in Worcestershire (FWW). Pray for staff, volunteers, trustees and those they minister to at a time of great need in the economic life of our communities.

Pankshin (Nigeria): Bishop Olumuyiwa Ajayi
Central Philippines (Philippines): Bishop Dixie Copanut Taclobao
24 September 2020St Laurence, Alvechurch

Please pray for our growing as disciples, as we seek to come through the pandemic with wisdom and patience. Please pray for all those involved in our mission and ministry, especially our weekly online services. Clergy: Richard Bubbers; Readers: Sue Phillips Wardle, Helen Ayling.

Panyana (South Sudan): Bishop Seme Nigo Abinda
Central Solomons (Melanesia): Bishop Ben Seka
Central Tanganyika (Tanzania): Bishop Dickson Chilongani
25 September 2020Retired clergy in Bromsgrove Deanery

We give thanks for the prayerful presence of retired clergy in the Deanery, especially in recent months, and ask for God to bless them in this ‘ministry from home’.

Central Zambia (Central Africa): Bishop Derek Gary Kamukwamba
26 September 2020Princess of Wales Community Hospital, Bromsgrove

Please pray for our in-patients, outpatients and all who rely on our services. For all nursing teams led by Matron Phil Shakeshaft, doctors, consultants, support staff, volunteers and fundraisers. Praying also for the Healthcare chaplaincy team led by Andy Green.

Paraguay (South America): Bishop Peter John Henry Bartlett
Central Zimbabwe (Central Africa): Bishop Ignatius Makumbe
Kobe (Japan): Bishop Augustine Naoaki Kobayashi
27 September 2020Ordinations in a time of pandemic

Do please pray for all those in any kind of ministry, lay and ordained, at this time, and especially for those to be ordained. The list of candidates can be found on the diocesan website.

Nine candidates were ordained deacon in three different services in the Cathedral yesterday and four candidates will be ordained priest today in their parish churches.

John Fitzmaurice, Diocesan Director of Ordinations and Vocation writes: “This year’s ordinations will be like no other! Deacons and priests are usually ordained towards the end of June, but lockdown meant ordinations had to be postponed.

"For the candidates this has unsurprisingly been a really difficult time and their forbearance has been remarkable. Some have just wanted to get on with it and and are not too put out by the severe restrictions on the number who can attend; others are saddened that this great gift of God to them cannot be celebrated in grand style. Either way they have committed themselves to a patient waiting, while getting on
with the tasks of ministry in this most extraordinary of times, and they can draw hope from the words of the writer of the letter to the Philippians:

‘I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.’ [Philippians 1.6]”

Stourport Deanery - Rural Dean: Ted Whittaker; Lay Chair: Andrew Quinn

Leicester: Bishop Martyn Snow, with Bishop Guli Francis-Dehqani (Loughborough)
Swansea and Brecon (Wales): Archbishop John Davies
Khartoum (Sudan): Bishop Ezekiel Kumir Kondo
28 September 2020Redditch Alexandra Hospital

Pray for the whole hospital community, including patients and their families, as they continue to face the challenges of Covid-19. Thanking God for the 1000 people who work at the Alex. For the Chaplain, David Ryan and the chaplaincy volunteer team.

Patna (India): Bishop Philip Marandih
Chandigarh (India): Bishop Younas Massey
29 September 2020Safeguarding team

Please pray for all those involved in safeguarding matters throughout the Diocese. For Hilary Higton, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, her Assistant Delia Stokes, Safeguarding Case Worker Sarah Booth, Administrator Liz Toone and for the independent Chair of the Safeguarding Panel, Geoff Taylor-Smith. For all Parish Safeguarding Officers.

Chelmsford: Vacant with Bishops Peter Hill (Barking), John Perumbalath (Bradwell) & Roger Morris (Colchester)
Pelotas (Brazil): Bishop Renato Da Cruz Raatz
30 September 2020Diocese of Peru

Pray for all those affected by Covid-19; Peru is currently at the top of the worldwide list for deaths per capita. Pray also for sufficient income in the Anglican Church to cover clergy and social help needs.

Chester: Bishop-elect Mark Tanner with Bishop Keith Sinclair (Birkenhead)
Pennsylvania (USA): Bishop Daniel Gutierrez