Please don't pray for him, because he wouldn't like it, but do spare a thought for OCICBW...'s second favourite atheist, Gurdur, who is languishing in hospital after surgery for a large scale strangulating hernia (please - no jokes in poor taste, the man is in real pain).

On his blog at the excellent HEATHEN HUB website, he writes:

Being in hospital is like being drafted into an army in the middle of an active war: long periods of dreadful boredom punctuated by short periods of absolute terror and awful indignities.

Get well soon, you lovely old grumpy old non-believer, from all of us at OCICBW...


Please do pray for Sally at ETERNAL ECHOES who is grieving following the death of her good friend, Peter. To make matters worse she was unable to attend his funeral because of broken down cars.


Posted by Ormonde Plater at THROUGH THE DUST:

Murdered this week in the New Orleans area:

5/18 Aristotle Seals 29
5/18 identity withheld 31

Please pray for the victims, their murderers, and their families.


Posted by Tim Chesterton at FAITH, FOLK AND CHARITY:

When Pastor Leigh Sinclair and the congregation of St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church in Slave Lake, Alta., gathered for a confirmation service last Sunday morning, they didn’t think the wildfires were close enough to town to be worried. Most went to celebration lunches and barbeques for the newly-confirmed. At around 3 p.m., Sinclair said people at a barbeque party she attended started getting worried. “Everybody thought, ‘This isn’t normal. There’s too much smoke!’ ”

By 6 p.m., Sinclair–who pastors a shared ministry with the Anglican, United and Lutheran churches–packed a bag and started the long drive to her parent’s home in Edmonton, joining a stream of vehicles on the road out of town.

She would later learn that two-thirds of Slave Lake burned down. Her home and St. Peter’s church were spared but five families who belonged to St. Peter’s lost everything.



American diplomats were attacked by terrorists in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday morning, leaving one local person dead.



A 5.9 magnitude quake hit the small town of Simav, about 100 miles north of Izmir in Turkey, just before midnight and its effects were felt as far away as Istanbul. Terrified residents ran out of their homes and stayed sleeping in their cars for the rest of the night after being warned against going back inside. Two people are reported dead and 79 injured.


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THE PRAYER LIST – 20TH. MAY 2011 — 10 Comments

  1. anyone spare a prayer for me?
    Got not one but two post operative infections from the op last friday. Not impressed and feeling ropey.
    I’ve also been giving something away on my blog but so far not many takers, so feeling a bit…blah for that reason also.
    Have lit candles for the others.

  2. I’ve just downloaded it, too, Zen! Feel better soon!

    Is that a bird on Gurdur’s shoulder? Sparing a (Pssst! Godward!) thought for his recovery…

    Prayers for all in need.

  3. Yes, JCF. That’s a fledgling Gurdur rescued, brought up and returned to the wild.

    Gurdur pretends to be a grumpy old curmudgeon but in reality he’s really very sweet.

  4. If you pray for Gurdur he will be sarcastic. It’s up to you whether or not you want to risk that. I, for one, wouldn’t dare.