Prayers for Parliament and the Nation: Friday, 12 May 2017

" I urge, then, first of all, 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. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. "

- 1 Timothy 2:1-4

  • The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have sent an open letter to all parishes and chaplaincies encouraging participation in the general election next month.
  • Next week (14-20 May) is Christian Aid Week (Christian Aid is celebrating its 60th anniversary).
  • Boko Haram have released 82 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted 3 years ago.
  • Emmanuel Macron has been voted in as the next French President and is likely to take a tough stance within the EU regarding Brexit negotiations.
  • Differences within the Church of England on the issue of sexuality have come to the fore with the resignation of the first openly gay married vicar on the grounds of "institutional homophobia". At the same time, the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa has appointed a bishop in order to support Christians who uphold the traditional view of marriage and GAFCON has announced it plans to do the same. Neither has the support of the Church of England.

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