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Prayer

 

Please join with us in praying for the following people from Trinity Church...

 

Pray for our national and local leaders as they grapple with difficult decisions.

"Dear friends, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." (3 John 1:2)
From our Church family, remember...
The Varcoe family, as they mourn and celebrate the life of their
mother/mum/grandmother/great- grandmother Atty
Sandra B and family as they mourn the loss of her father
Genga B and family, as they mourn the loss of her mother
Natalee K and family, as they mourn the loss of 2 cousins to Covid
Audrey D and family, as they mourn the loss of her mother
Sheilah L, Genga B, Marjorie E, Francis D, Wendy R, Joy, Jo and Mike B,
Reg and Elizabeth K, Katherine H, Ian and Liz M,
for health concerns
 
Those who are in hospital recovering and awaiting test results
Please remember...
Front line staff in the battle against the Covid pandemic at home and abroad
Countries in our world (Afghanistan, Haiti...) who are experiencing violence/political unrest and countries (Tonga, Greece, Haiti, USA...) coping with "natural" disasters
Pray for the continued safety and well-being for all members of the church and their families 
Please email me (link below) if you know of others who need our prayers at this time.

 

 

Know God, Find Peace

Imagine you’re a shepherd in first century Bethlehem. Sheep surround you, but others won’t because of your work, your clothes, and your status.

For generations your family has said, “God has promised that it’s going to get better.” But you’re beginning to wonder: “is that really true?” Then one night everything changes. An angel appears and tells you that a Savior has been born.

Immanuel, “God with us” has come.

One day, this same child will take on the weight of all our wrongdoing by dying on a cross. And because of His sacrifice, we’re invited to live peacefully with God at all times, in all circumstances. So right now, let’s thank Jesus for His sacrifice and the peace we have because of Him.

A Prayer for Peace

God,

Even when my life feels chaotic, I can experience Your peace because of what Jesus did on the cross. Thank You for making this possible by sending us Your Son! He has made a way for us to know and experience You.

Even when life feels out of control, I can cling to the truth that Your peace isn’t based on my feelings or circumstances—but on Your character and faithfulness.

When I don’t feel at peace, please make Your presence known to me. Remind me that You’re in control. Give me Your strength and comfort when the world feels unsafe. Protect my heart and mind from the weight of my feelings and thoughts.

Allow me to sense Your presence, and to live with confidence that You are always near. Let my life be an example of Your peace that surpasses understanding.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

EXTRACTED FROM YouVersion

 

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ACAT (Harrow group) – prayer case of the month (January 2022)

Please pray as you feel led for Chang Weiping, a courageous human rights lawyer who was arrested on 22 October 2020 at his home in Fengxiang County, China, six days after publishing a video clip of the physical and psychological torture he had suffered while in detention for ten days in January 2020 under RSDL (a euphemism for solitary confinement and torture in a secret location). His family and lawyers have also been subject to intense harassment.

 

 

Chang Weiping is known for defending people facing discrimination because of their health status, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. He has provided pro bono legal counsel to vulnerable groups, including victims of defective vaccines, women, LGBT persons, and persons living with HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B who face discrimination in the workplace. In addition, he has represented clients in cases related to freedom of religion or belief – including Christians. In late 2018 authorities suspended his practice. He was unable to obtain employment at other law firms and in January 2020 his licence was formally suspended.

 

According to his wife, Dr Chen Zijuan, Chang Weiping was in good health when, aged 36, he was detained again in October 2020, but he reportedly told his lawyer – whom he was not allowed to see until September 2021 – that months of ill-treatment and “vicious torture” had left him with various ailments and diseases. The torture included being tied to a painful restraining device known as a ‘tiger chair’ for six days while being interrogated, deprived of sleep, denied food and water, and being allowed to shower only five times during a six-month period. He is still at risk of further abuse.

 

Chang Weiping was charged in April 2021 with revealing 'state secrets' and 'subversion of state power', which carries a penalty of life imprisonment.

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Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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