Day 37 – Thursday 6 August 2020 – Lifeboats

Our focus today is on the work of our Lifeboat crews and all who support their vital services. We pray especially for Ryde Inshore Rescue, our local Independent Lifeboat Service who are on call to 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. They operate two Inshore lifeboats from their Headquarters at Appley Beach. Their team is made up of volunteers from all walks of life that are trained to a high standard – and they all give at least one day a week to the work.

We pray too for the team at Bembridge, who are part of the RNLI. They serve a wide area with their larger vessel. Let’s also remember the coastguard teams who keep alert for those in danger and who mobilise the lifeboat crews.

Remember how the disciples woke Jesus in the middle of a great storm on Lake Galilee – ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown. These experienced fishermen thought they’d had it, but Jesus amazed them as he stood up and calmed the storm with a word of command.

God cares about people in danger and he is surely with those who put their lives at risk to help others.

Please join me now as we pray for them.

Lord God, creator of the land and the sea…

We lift our prayers to you today for all involved in the work of the local lifeboat services. We pray especially for the Ryde Inshore Rescue team who work from the main beach in Ryde and who are called on regularly to help those in trouble. We pray for those who lead the work – Andy Cheetham, the Senior Coxswain, Steve Clayton, the Operations Manager and Alan Merkel, the President.

We pray that support would continue to come in to keep this independent service going through what has been such a challenging period for so many charities. We thank you for all the volunteers and the many supporters who help maintain this vital rescue work for all who are out on the water or on the sands.

We pray too for the Bembridge Lifeboat team and the wider work of the RNLI and for all who work for Her Majesty’s Coastguard and for the Coastguard Rescue helicopter team based at Lee-on-Solent.

We thank you for the bravery of men and women who are prepared to go out in all conditions to recue those in peril on the sea. Lord, be their help and strength and keep them safe as they carry out this dangerous work on behalf of us all.

We bring these prayers in Jesus’ precious name, Amen

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