Hello and welcome to Day 36 of Pray for Ryde. My name is Reverend Kerry Birch and I am the minister of Ryde Baptist Church.
Today we pray for our lifeguards, who patrol the beaches and shoreline areas, and the swimming pool, during the summer season.
Todd Miller, Beach Manager for Ryde, and his team manage the lifeguards service for Ryde Town Council as well as working with the Waterside Community Trust who manage the Waterside Pool next to the boating lake.
The lifeguards recommenced their duties in July, having completed their pre-season training, and recently took delivery of a brand new inshore rescue boat purchased in response to the number of rescue callouts and lives saved last year.
Many families have cause to be grateful for the sacrificial service of those who serve the community in this way, and for the wider service of the Royal Life Saving Society.
When thinking about lifesaving on water my mind goes to the story in the gospels where Jesus rescues Peter from sinking, when he is unable to walk on the water towards him. ‘Lord, save me!’ Peter cried. (Matthew 14:22-33)
Then my mind goes to the poem by Stevie Smith titled ‘Not Waving But Drowning’:
So, we pray for our Lifeguards, for Todd and all the team.
Lord, be with those who train and hone their gifts and skills and dedicate them to looking after and saving the lives of those who get into trouble and difficulty on our beaches and in our waters. Keep them alert and ready, and also keep them safe from the many dangers they might face as they leap into action.
We pray for all who come to rest and relax on our beaches this summer, keep them safe and aware of the environment they face. May lives be enriched and enhanced through their holiday, and no lives be lost through accident or folly.
Keep us all alert to the dangers we might face too, and make us ready to respond when we need to. When someone cries out for help, just as you hear them, may we too hear them and act in the appropriate way. May no one drown, in any aspect of their lives, because we thought they were waving not drowning.
These and all our prayers we offer in the name of Jesus, who came to give life in all its fullness. Amen.
Please join us this evening at 7pm for our daily Zoom prayer meeting: