Bourne Abbey and Parish Church
Sunday, May 24, 2020 Seventh Sunday of Easter
Please pray for:
The parish and deanery: for Father Chris, Revd Canon David Staples and our Ministry Team. Also for the Withams and Bythams group in their interregnum. We pray also for Bishop Hall in his new role in Madagascar, and we give thanks for his ministry here and in Madagascar. We pray too for those under suspension in our diocese, and in particular Bishop Christopher and his wife Susan.
Peace and goodwill within and between nations: especially for peace in the Yemen and for the end to wars fought by proxy. We also pray for the continuing situations for those in refugee camps for the displaced, wherever they may be.
We remember those suffering hunger, disease and oppression: especially those people suffering from the continuing situations of shortage of food, water and medicines, particularly in Syria, Central Africa, South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Kenya; those affected by Coronavirus, both in this country and throughout the World; and for we pray for those in our own country who are homeless, hungry, Vulnerable and in need of support.
For those whose illness is acute, or are awaiting operation: Joshua Peters, Nelly White, and baby Enoch.
For those whose illness or recovery is long term:
- Peggy Pateman, Joyce Reeson, Ron Macey, Kevin Moss, Gordon Muspratt, Arthur Lightfoot, Vera Osborne, Clare Denison, and William Croft.
For those recently added to our prayer board:
- Edyth, Kerry, Wayne, Marc, William and Stephen.
- for the souls of the recently departed: Janet Toulson, Beryl Croft, Mary Barlow, Hazel Baker, Jean Bishop, Gunda Baker, Frank Lazonby, Jean Livesey, Mary Powell, Mavis Bramble, and Fr. Peter Pooley.
- also for those whose anniversaries fall during this week: Arthur Anslow (24th); Hannah Smith (29th).
Services this week:
In light of the advice received from Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England regarding Coronavirus (Covid 19), Bourne Abbey Church is now closed, You are urged to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”.
‘Mad on Madagascar’ – An Update
As you will be aware the fund-raising appeal to support Bishop Hall’s work in Mahajanga was launched in March, just before normal life was put on hold as the lockdown came into force.
The fund-raising has got off to an encouraging start, and we are most grateful to those of you who have set up regular donations. If the current level of income is sustained then it is anticipated that the fund will be able to raise by Christmas the modest cost of a first clergy house; however, another 4 are needed if clergy, who currently have to rent a room without electricity or water, are to be housed.
Donations are limited to a maximum of £20 a month, and every contribution, regardless of size, helps the parish to support what is the most impoverished and under-resourced diocese in Madagascar.
More information about Bishop Hall’s work is available on the ‘Mad for Madagascar’ page on this web site, which comes under the main heading of ‘News’.
If you feel able to join the donors, the details of the PCC account are:
Sort Code: 30-98-97
Account number: 81302268
Account Name: Bourne Parochial Church Council Diocese of Mahajanga Support Fund
Prayers about the Covid-19 outbreak
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference