Dear Elmwood,

Please continue to pray for the UK and Europe and for the wider world, during the current turmoil.

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul urges “that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness (1 Tim 2.1-2).”

Paul’s strong request was not conditional on Timothy’s sympathy (or otherwise) with the political currents of his day – and as 21st century Christians we are likewise called to pray for whoever has authority over us. And yes, of course, to pray that these leaders would exercise their duties in a responsible and God-honouring way.

Extended Prayer Breakfast – 8am – 11am Saturday 9th July

God’s people are called to pray both privately and corporately. So in addition to your private prayers, please participate in the extended time of Prayer for the Nation(s) on 9th July.

We hope that you will want to be part of our church family’s response to the turmoil as we gather to pray for our political and constitutional leaders; for all the actions necessary in the wake of the referendum; for the UK’s political parties; for political and economic stability (especially as the poor are always the most vulnerable during times of upheaval); for those fleeing oppression; for good government; and most importantly for the gospel of grace to be heard and received in every corner of the world.

Please sign up on the board in Reception today.

Pastor David