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Prayer Day for Emergency Services Thursday 25 June 2020

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International Day of Prayer for the Emergency Services

The 25th of June is the annual day of prayer for the emergency services and I would like to ask you to join in prayer together on this day and this invitation is extended to all your local churches.

The miracle of the Resurrection of Christ would never have occurred where Christ removed from the suffering of humanity. Instead, Christ's sacrifice and submission of the awfulness of humanity allowed for the miracle of resurrection to be the gift of God. The same applies for the church. The miracles of God's love and grace is most evident when the church enters into the realness of life and does not seek to be raised above the suffering of humanity. I am well aware that the ministry of God is being worked out in so many facets of life but for this one day, I ask that you join us in prayer for the emergency services on this day. Over the past few months, we have been stretched to full capacity. We have been dealing with the pandemic that has swept across the country and now our focus has shifted to the fight for racial equality and the recognition of racial injustice of the past and present day and we find ourselves in between warring factions whilst all looking at a process of self examination. If it is ever that we need prayer, it is now.

I have approached the chief officer team for Thames Valley Police about what specifically they would like prayer and they have responded with their thanks that there is a day of prayer for the emergency and given these four requests:

1. protection from harm for our workforce,
2. community trust and confidence in us in an organisation and that we will always hold to our public service calling,
3. peace in our communities. There is much that, quite rightly, is causing public angst (be it COVID lockdown frustrations, George Floyd related anger),
4. opportunities for communities to continue to demonstrate kindness and compassion — building on the excellent take up of public volunteering and care for the vulnerable that we see owing to COVID-19.

Please pass this to your churches and to other churches of other denominations. Our membership in the Christian Police Association comes from across the spectrum of Christian traditions so we ask that we might be reflected in support.

Thank you for your attention and please do contact me to exam how we in the police and churches can work further together.

Steve

Stephen Hinds | Police Constable | Safeguarding, Problem Solving Team, Aylesbury Police Station| Telephone 101 | Mobile 07970145297 | emailstephen.hinds@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
Chair of the Christian Police Association — TVP
Address Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury Police Station, Wendover Road, Aylesbury HP21 7LA

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