If the Bible is like spiritual ‘food’, praying is the ‘oxygen’!

“Most of all, friends, always rejoice in the Lord! I never tire of saying it: Rejoice! Keep your gentle nature so that all people will know what it looks like to walk in His footsteps. The Lord is ever present with us. Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One.” 

From Paul’s Letter to the Philippians Chapter 4 ( Living Bible)

 

We are using the weekly prayer points from PCI.  We may also add more local prayer topics as appropriate.

Sunday 28th November

Moderator

Pray for the Moderator as he opens and rededicates the refurbished sanctuary at NewmillsPresbyterian Church on Saturday 4 December. Pray that the event will go well and that the congregation will have new opportunities to serve the wider community in that area.

Worship that encourages

‘But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.’Psalm 3:3. Ask that God would encourage and lift our heads as we experience his presence and renew our confidence in his power as we worship today.


Monday 29 November

Chris & Rachel Humphries (global mission workers, Portugal)

Pray for the leaders and members of Comunidade Pedras Vivas (church plant) in Senhora da Hora, Porto. Pray that they will be bold and courageous in reaching people for Christ.

Nepal

Give thanks for the decisions taken at the recent United Mission to Nepal’s Board and General Assembly meeting. Pray for Dhana Lama, the new executive director of UMN as she takes over the role.


Tuesday 30 November

Tom Dowling (Irish mission worker in Kilkenny)

Pray for Tom and for door-to-door visitation and contacts made, and for in-person and online Bible studies, that God will be in all the interactions; pray that people will come to faith in Jesus, and believers will be built up in their faith.

Taughmonagh (South Belfast)

Give thanks for fresh enthusiasm, some new members, and an awakened interest in the OT after engaging with the ‘Bible Course’. Pray for members as they continue to be salt and light.


Wednesday 1 December

Peter & Jayne Fleming (global mission workers, Nepal)

Pray for Peter and Jayne as they continue to work remotely from Northern Ireland and as they prepare to return to Nepal within the next month to six weeks.

Faculté Jean Calvin, France

Pray for the students at the College in Aix-en-Provence as they study for future ministry and mission. Pray too for the staff at the College as they teach and mentor the students.


Thursday 2 December

Kenny Hanna (rural chaplain)

Pray for Kenny who has begun serving as PCI’s first rural chaplain. Give thanks for a warm welcome at local churches, livestock markets, agri-businesses, farm support organisations, and amongst farmers and farming families. Pray for pastoral and gospel opportunities. Pray for God to open hearts.

Westbourne (East Belfast)

Pray for Rev Mervyn Gibson, the kirk session, leaders and members of Westbourne urban mission congregation as they continue to seek opportunities to share the gospel with their local community.


Friday 3 December

Social Witness

As Lindsay Conway commences retirement after 19 years with the Council for Social Witness, give thanks to God for his guidance and protection over those years, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Please continue to pray for the work of the Council and for his successor Dermot Parsons.

Council for Public Affairs

Rev Daniel Kane is the convener of the Council for Public Affairs which is due to meet on Thursday 2 December. Pray for Daniel and the work of the Council as it seeks to support PCI to engage with gracious gospel confidence in the public square.


Saturday 4 December

General Council

Pray for the ministers and kirk sessions of congregations throughout the island as they seek, over the next few weeks, to maintain measures and mitigations that will keep people safe during Advent and Christmas services and events.

Council for Training in Ministry

This week Dr Stephen Moore is due to begin work as Lecturer in Old Testament at Union College. Stephen grew up in Hazelbank, Coleraine – pray for him and his family as they settle back into life in Northern Ireland, and pray that the Lord will use the gifts he has entrusted to Stephen as he teaches in the College.

Sunday 14h November 2021

Moderator

Remembrance Sunday – pray for all those who have lost loved ones as a result of conflict – that they may experience God’s comfort and peace as they mourn their loved ones.  Pray for the Moderator as he travels to Thiepval in France with other church leaders for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Ulster Memorial Tower which was built as a tribute to the men of the nine counties of Ulster who gave their lives in the First World War.

Worship that equips

‘Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.’ Psalm 144:1.Ask that in our worship today God would equip us for the rigours of the battle to follow him faithfully day by day.


Monday 15 November

Csaba & Ilona Veres (global mission workers, Romania)

Pray for Csaba and Ilona who have recently returned to Northern Ireland on home assignment. Pray for those in Romania affected by the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. Pray for the teams from the Diakonia who reach out to bring help and support to others.

Syria & Lebanon

Pray for the work and witness of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, especially for their efforts to bring humanitarian aid and education to refugees and displaced people.


Tuesday 16 November

Ken Doherty (Chaplain, Mater Hospital, Belfast)

Pray for Ken as he continues his chaplaincy ministry at the Mater and for wisdom and guidance as he ministers to patients, families and staff during difficult times.

Sligo

Give thanks for the congregation’s continuing ministry to children during the pandemic and pray for safe, joyful encounters with Jesus and his Word. Pray for members of the congregation who are new to Ireland and far from their homes.


Wednesday 17 November

Naomi Leremore (global mission worker, Kenya)

Pray for Naomi and her colleagues on the Theological Education by Extension writing team as they hope to complete the work of the guidebook for mentoring teens by the end of this month.

Grupos Biblicos Unidos (Spain)

Pray for GBU’s student ministry in high schools and universities, work amongst graduates and professionals, and the publishing of teaching resources for churches and families.


Thursday 18 November

Leslie & Mabel Brush (community outreach workers in Tartaraghan)

Give thanks that opportunities for visitation and meetings in-person are resuming and generally people are coming back. Women’s Bible Study meets fortnightly. “Men @ 10.30” met periodically outside, but plan to restart weekly in the church hall soon.

Smithborough (Co Monaghan)

Pray for the life and witness of this home mission congregation and for God to continue to guide Rev Alan McQuade, the kirk session and those in leadership roles as they serve.


Friday 19 November

Social Witness

More people than ever are facing the challenges of dementia, either for themselves or someone they love. The demands on the immediate family of caring for a loved one with dementia are great especially in these times when getting a diagnosis or seeing Consultants for appointments has been made more difficult with the pandemic. Pray that both those suffering from dementia and their carers would have the support they need.

Valuing life

In the midst of changes to abortion legislation across Ireland pray that women and their families who experience a pregnancy crisis situation would receive wise and compassionate counsel that values both lives, and that as a denomination we would continue to find practical ways to offer support and care.


Saturday 20 November

General Council

Pray for Lindsay Conway, Secretary to the Council for Social Witness as he concludes 19 years of service in that role.  Give thanks for his contribution over that time and pray that God would continue to lead him as he commences his retirement. Pray also for his successor, Dermot Parsons, who has been shadowing Lindsay during these last few weeks, as he takes on this key and challenging role in PCI.

Council for Training in Ministry

Six people have applied for Ordained Ministry this year. The application process runs through until Easter, with placements, interviews and assignments. Pray that the Lord would guide and give wisdom to applicants and interviewers as together they seek the Lord’s will.

Sunday 7th November

Moderator

Pray for the opening and dedication of new halls at Mountjoy and Drumlegagh on Saturday 13 November and for the service at which the Moderator will be preaching.  Pray that the newly refurbished space will be a blessing to the church community as it is used for midweek meetings, PW and youth work.

Worship that enriches

‘One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house ofthe Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.’ Psalm 27:4.Ask that God would enrich us through encountering the beauty of who he is in worship today.


Monday 8 November

Edwin & Anne Kibathi (East Africans in the UK)

Pray for the growing fellowships in Reading and Luton. Pray that those attending will be strengthened in their faith and seek to invite others along on Sundays.

Kenya

Pray for the work and witness of the congregations of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. Pray for the Covid-19 situation in Kenya and for the church as they seek to continue their work and support those impacted by the pandemic.


Tuesday 9 November

Rathmullan (Co Donegal)

Pray for Rev Susan Moore, the kirk session and members of this home mission congregation as they seek opportunities to share God’s love with people in the local communities.

Christchurch, Sandymount, Dublin

As the Alternating Ministry Scheme comes to an unexpected end, pray for the Church Council as it draws on the wisdom and resilience of almost 50 years of united witness and begins to articulate its new calling in this place.


Wednesday 10 November

Peter & Valerie Lockwood (Nepal)

Pray for Peter who has returned to Nepal and is due to complete his work there with United Mission to Nepal (UMN) at the end of the year. Pray for the Lockwood family as they transition. Pray too for the new Executive Director of UMN, Dhana Lama, as she begins her new role.

Indonesia

Pray for the Evangelical Christian Church of Timor as they continue to deal with the challenges of Covid-19 and the aftermath for Cyclone Seroja which devastated the area last Easter.


Thursday 11 November

Forces

Pray for our Forces Chaplains as they are involved in Acts of and Services of Remembrance in the days leading up to, and including, Remembrance Sunday (14 November).

Forces

Pray for all who grieve the loss of a loved one; for all who carry in mind and body the scars of battle; and for all who are seeking to keep the peace and establish peace in war torn nations.


Friday 12 November

Social Witness

Pray for the many thousands of unpaid carers as they do their best to support elderly relativesand those living with disabilities, especially during the pandemic and beyond. Pray for parents growing older who are concerned about looking after their adult children with learning/physical disabilities long-term.

Dealing with the past

Pray for people who find this time of year difficult as they remember loved ones who have been killed or injured during the conflict in Northern Ireland. Pray that they would know the comfort of the God of all peace.


Saturday 13 November

General Council

Pray for the General Secretary’s Department and the Clerk as regular meeting schedules recommence and the work of the various Councils restarts in the aftermath of the General Assembly. Please remember the staff at Assembly Buildings as they try to re-establish more normal working patterns and serve the congregations of PCI with Covid-19 restrictions still ongoing.

Council for Training in Ministry

The Ministerial Studies and Development Committee meets on Monday 15 November. It oversees the training pathways of trainee ministers, and their congregational placements. Pray for the Committee, meeting for the first time post-Covid-19, and for Rev Andrew Faulkner, its convener. Ask God to give wisdom in all decisions about the training of students.

Sunday 31st October

Moderator

Pray for the Moderator as he embarks on his Presbytery tour of North Belfast. Give thanks that he is able to do this and that, as restrictions relax, he has the opportunity to engage with the community of the area and encourage congregations and organisations within the Presbytery.

Spurred to action in worship

Ask God to help us respond to his Word, so that we not only hear his voice, but take steps to do what he says to follow him, serve others and walk in the wisdom of his ways.


Monday 1 November

James & Heather Cochrane (global mission workers in Portugal)

Pray for James and Heather as they come towards the end of the home assignment and prepare to return to Portugal. Give thanks for the encouragements they received from speaking to PCI congregations, groups and individuals over the past couple of months.

Hungarian Reformed Church

Pray for God’s blessing on congregations in Hungary, Romania and Ukraine as they continue to minister and reach out to others. Pray too for wisdom and guidance for church leaders.


Tuesday 2 November

Rev John Coulter (chaplain, Ulster University, Coleraine)

Pray for wisdom for John as he continues to support students and staff pastorally and for opportunities to share the gospel / encourage people in their faith.

Mountmellick & Tullamore (Co Laois and Co Offaly)

Mountmellick congregation is closing this year, pray for the remaining members of the church that they might find a spiritual home in Tullamore or other nearby churches. Give thanks for new families that have become part of Tullamore during lockdown.


Wednesday 3 November

Volker & Jinhyeog Glissmann (global mission workers in Southern Africa)

Praise God that the book “TEE for the 21st century” has now been published and pray that it may contribute to God’s glory.

South Sudan

The worst flooding in decades in South Sudan has impacted over 700,000 people and rains are expected to continue until the end of the year. Pray for all those affected, and that those needing humanitarian assistance will receive the help they need both now and, in the months, ahead.


Thursday 4 November

Rachel Cubitt (deaconess in Whiteabbey)

Give thanks for Kids & Co (mums & tots) starting back for the first time since the pandemic began – pray for the leaders & families. Give thanks for Cathy (trainee deaconess); pray for her as she balances study at Union Theological College with serving in Whiteabbey.

Naas

Thank the Lord for how he has been blessing the church family with growth, both numerical and spiritual. Pray that each member will strive with all the strength that God provides to live for him each day.


Friday 5 November

Social Witness

As energy prices continue to rise, pray that those on low incomes who are trapped in debt and food and fuel poverty may find the support they need. Pray that we will continue to respond generously to food banks and charity appeals. Give thanks for Christian organisations, such as CAP and the Trussell Trust, supporting those who are struggling.

Afghan Refugees

Pray for those arriving in the UK and Ireland fleeing from Afghanistan. Pray that local
churches would see opportunities to play their part in creating a welcoming and supportive environment, alongside the relevant government and statutory agencies.


Saturday 6 November

General Council

Pray for the meeting of the General Council scheduled to take place next week and for its convener, Very Rev Dr Noble McNeely. Pray for wisdom and insight for council members as they consider the outworking of decisions made at General Assembly and build upon the work of the various committees, task groups and panels reporting to the Council.

Council for Training in Ministry

The Conciliation Panel, which provides help with disagreements and disputes, is holding training next Saturday for its conciliators. This is a vital role in helping us as a Church to live out our calling to love one another. Pray for the conciliators, that the Lord would equip them and use them to serve his Church.

Sunday 24th October

Moderator

Please pray for the graduation service taking place at Union College this week. Give thanks for those who have successfully completed their studies and pray for God’s guidance in their lives as they consider their next steps, whether in ministry or some other sphere of service.

Knowing God’s peace in worship

Ask God to grant us a knowledge and awareness of his peace in worship as we meet today, stilling our restlessness, calming our fears, renewing a quiet confidence in him.


Monday 25 October

Steve & Rosie Kennedy (global mission workers, Romania)

Pray for the Cluj Christian Fellowship English service. Pray for Steve as he prepares the preaching schedule and monthly worship. Pray for the ongoing discussions and planning for the student ministry.

Brazil

Pray for the work and witness of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil, and especially for all efforts to reach out with God’s love and care to those living in deprived areas.


Tuesday 26 October

Paula Burrows (deaconess in Ballygrainey, Co Down)

Pray for the women’s and children’s ministries that Paula is involved in. Pray for Paula as she continues to build relationships and for opportunities to share God’s love with others.

Lisbellaw, Lisnaskea, Maguiresbridge & Newtownbutler (Co Fermanagh)

Pray for the work and witness of these home mission congregations. Pray for wisdom and guidance for Rev Rodney Beacom and the kirk sessions.


Wednesday 27 October

Stephen & Angelina Cowan (global mission workers, Kenya)

Pray for Stephen and Angelina as they serve in the Tuum area of northern Kenya. Pray for an end to cattle raiding and for wise and courageous leaders to rise in the community and for an openness to new thinking.

Pakistan

Pray for leaders and members of the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan as they live out their faith in Christ. Pray for strength and protection for Christians suffering persecution.


Thursday 28 October

David Boyd (Irish mission worker in Adelaide Road, Dublin)

Pray for a meeting this Sunday (31 October) to look at ways to resume in-person events at the International Café, and as they meet up with students for a walk. Pray too for the kirk session as they meet to discuss future outreach initiatives.

Maynooth

Give thanks for a return to face-to-face services and as they share their worship space with a new Irish school. Pray for continued progress on the congregation’s new building project.


Friday 29 October

Social Witness

Pray for all who continue to provide Health & Social Care in all settings during these ever-challenging days and increased outbreaks. Pray for all CSW managers as they prepare for the increased pressures that the winter months bring to the care of older and vulnerable residents. Give thanks that more normal routines are returning to homes and units and that families and visitors are respecting current restrictions.

Elected Representatives

Give thanks for those elected representatives who serve our communities at local councils, the Oireachtas, UK Parliament, NI Assembly and the European Parliament. Pray for safety and protection for them, and their constituency and case-workers, as they go about their business.


Saturday 30 October

General Council

Pray for the meeting of the Support Services Committee taking place next week as it oversees vital areas of the church’s administrative workings; Personnel, IT, Creative Production and Property. Pray for the Committee under the convenership of Mr David Thomson as they develop strategy in these key areas, especially as more normal working patterns start to resume for all staff.

Council for Training in Ministry

The Reception of Ministers and Licentiates Committee receives requests from ministers in other denominations, in Ireland and elsewhere, to become ministers in PCI. Pray for Rev Albert Baxter, the convener, and the committee, and give thanks for those who have become ministers in PCI by this route. Pray that the Lord would bless them, and use them to enrich our denomination.

Sunday 17th October

Moderator

Pray for the Moderator as he participates in the service of thanksgiving today at St Anne’s Cathedral, celebrating 60 years of the Belfast Samaritans. Pray for all those in distress or despair or who experience suicidal feelings, that they may have the courage to ask for the help they need. Give thanks for the many Samaritans volunteers and pray that they may have the necessary strength, stamina and continuing compassion in every interaction with those who avail of the service.

Encouraged by God in worship

Ask God to encourage his people in worship as we meet today, helping us look back with thankfulness for all he has been to us and look forward in hope, anticipating his ongoing presence with us.


Monday 18 October

Diane Cusick (global mission in Zambia)

Pray for the Early Childhood Development centres in Livingstone, Monze and Mazabuka – for the children not only to have fun through play, but to learn that Jesus loves them.

Zambia

Pray for CCAP Synod of Zambia as they hold their bi-annual General Administrative Committee meeting this week. Pray for wisdom as they make plans for the coming year. Pray too for Diane as she presents a report on Early Childhood Development and also assists the Synod with other presentations.


Tuesday 19 October

Sonya Anderson (deaconess in Shore Street, Donaghadee)

Give thanks for the children’s and adults’ groups that are beginning to meet in-person. Pray that God will use these gatherings to restore a sense of community and that people will be encouraged in their faith. Pray for wisdom as the congregation seeks a new minister.

Kilkenny

Give thanks for fresh beginnings with the induction of Rev Jonathan Currie last month as minister, and a great openness to the preaching of God’s Word. As restrictions further ease, pray for discernment about what activities to restart and when to restart them.


Wednesday 20 October

Russia

Pray for staff and students at the Christian University of St Petersburg, for improvements in its finances and the challenges connected to new Russian legislation. Pray for strength and vision for pastors who are former students of the university as they minister.

Latvia

Pray for our partners in Latvia, the Evangelical Reformed Church of Latvia and the Baltic Reformed Theological Seminary. Pray for their work and witness through the restrictions caused by the pandemic.


Thursday 21 October

Norman Harrison (hospital chaplain)

Pray for Norman as he serves as chaplain in the Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast and as lead chaplain in the Northern Trust. Pray for strength and encouragement for Norman in all he does, and that through him God will speak to many patients, relatives and hospital staff.

Limerick

Pray for God’s blessing on the work and witness of the United Presbyterian and Methodist congregation of Limerick. Pray especially for Rev Stephen Hancock, the church council and congregational leaders.


Friday 22 October

Social Witness

Pray for the managers of our homes and units as they deal with many tasks on a daily basis.
There is a shortage of staff right across the care sector at present, which is affecting both the public and private sector. Pray that staffing levels rise and recruitment drives are successful.

Retail

Give thanks for those who work in retail and who have continued to provide for our daily needs in recent months. Pray for their protection in the busy run up to Christmas and that God would grant them grace, patience and stamina as they work long hours and serve customers who may be experiencing their own hassles and stress.


Saturday 23 October

General Council

As the marking of the centenary of the foundation of Northern Ireland remains a sensitive issue, pray for the Moderator and the other church leaders, as they collectively lead a service of worship in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.

Linkage Commission

The Linkage Commission meets on Tuesday 26 October. Three congregations are due to ask permission to call a minister. Pray for the Commission, and its convener, James Livingstone, as it seeks to allocate resources [ministers, additional pastoral personnel, auxiliary ministers] across PCI at a time when the number of available ministers is low and falling.

Sunday 10th October

Moderator

Pray for the Moderator, now in his second year of office, as he is able to resume more visits to churches and attendance at various public events on behalf of PCI. Pray for safety for him and for Zoe as they travel and as they seek to connect with and encourage congregations and engage with external organisations.

Refreshed by God in worship

In these days when many are tired and weary through the stresses and strains of living through the difficulties of the last 18 months, pray that as we gather for worship we will know God’s refreshing of heart, soul, mind and strength.


Monday 11 October

Global mission workers

Pray for the families of global mission workers who have young adults starting or
settling back into tertiary education. Pray for families as they adjust to the changes and that students will settle well into their studies, university / college life, and life in UK / Ireland.

Middle East

Pray for the staff and students of JETS as they continue teaching and learning. Pray too for Christian churches in the region as they reach out to refugees who are traumatised by recent experiences.   .


Tuesday 12 October

Forces chaplains

Pray for the families of our 11 Forces chaplains; often the requirements of duty mean long periods of separation for chaplains and their families.

Forces chaplains

Pray for Rev Simon Hamilton, recently appointed as chaplain and already deployed overseas, that the Lord will make his ministry a blessing to the ship’s crew where he serves.


Wednesday 13 October

Malawi

Pray for the work and witness of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP). Pray especially for its healthcare ministries. Pray for protection for healthcare staff and for cases of Covid-19 to be kept to a minimum in CCAP’s hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Indonesia

Give thanks that the members of the Evangelical Christian Church of Timor have remained a strong community of faith despite the crises of Covid-19 and devastation caused by Cyclone Seroja.


Thursday 14 October

Prison chaplains

Pray for PCI’s prison chaplains: Rev Graham Stockdale (full-time); and Rev Colin Megaw (part-time) and Rev Gary Aitcheson (part-time). Remember them as they meet with prisoners and share the message of hope and transformation which is available to everyone through Christ.

Irvinestown, Pettigo & Tempo, Co Fermanagh

Pray for ongoing true conversions to Christ to take place wherever the different groups in our congregations gather together. Give thanks for a growing hunger for God and his gospel that is manifest in small but significant ways.


Friday 15 October

Social Witness

Pray for those who have survived abuse and are in recovery, that they may find the appropriate help, a safe place and ongoing support. Pray for those who have yet to tell their story, that they may find the strength to disclose. Give thanks for individuals and  organisations who provide specialist help and training in this area.

Adoption

The NI Assembly is considering reforms to legislation around adoption, fostering and looked after children and young people. Give thanks for those who provide care to children and young people – families and social workers – and pray that through these reforms better pathways and support would be available for all involved.


Saturday 16 October

General Council

Pray for the meeting of the Church Leaders taking place this week as they consider sensitive and sometimes complex issues affecting not only the churches, but also the perception of the church in wider society and the public square.

Council for Training in Ministry

The Pastoral Care for Ministers and Their Families Panel meets this Tuesday, 19 October at 11am. Give thanks for the support that the Panel gives, and pray for it and its convener, Rev Niall Lockhart, that the Lord will use it to encourage and sustain ministers and their families as they serve him in these challenging times.

Sunday 3 October

Moderator

As the General Assembly meets, pray for a gracious atmosphere in debates which produces clarity in decision-making.  Thank God for those who have written and will be presenting reports.  Pray for all who will make speeches this week, and that we as a church would collectively discern God’s mind and will for us.

General Council

Pray for David Bruce in his role as Moderator, for Trevor Gribben (Clerk), and David Allen (Deputy Clerk) as they work with others to ensure that Assembly Business is conducted well.  Pray that business would be conducted with grace, sensitivity and wisdom.


Monday 4 October

Social Witness

Pray for the Council of Social Witness as they present their reports to the General Assembly. The reports are rich with the details of the diverse work of the Council – Disability Services, Older People Services, Taking Care and Specialist Services. Pray that we will continue to receive God’s protection as we continue to work through the daily challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Give thanks that in calling us to this work God has equipped the Council. Give thanks for every resident and tenant – their family and friends, for every staff member who continue to place themselves at risk and work long hours.

Mission in Ireland

Pray for wisdom and guidance as important decisions are made regarding mission in Ireland
at the General Assembly today. Give thanks for the dedicated work of all PCI chaplains throughout the pandemic. Pray for the exploration of new chaplaincy opportunities.


Tuesday 5 October

Global Mission

Pray for wisdom and guidance as important decisions are made regarding our church’s work
and witness globally at the General Assembly today. Pray too for the Listening to the Global Church presentation to the Assembly tomorrow (Wednesday at 2pm) that our church will be challenged by our global partners.

Congregational Life and Witness

Pray for the work of the Council for Congregational Life and Witness whose report comes to the General Assembly this evening, asking that God would continue to enable it to be nimble in responding to the needs of congregations as they emerge from the shadow of the pandemic.


Wednesday 6 October

Public Affairs

Pray for Rev Daniel Kane, convener of the Council for Public Affairs, as he presents the Council’s report, including a paper on graciously confident gospel engagement in the public square. Pray that the Council, its Committee and Panels would continue to find ways to speak grace and truth into this contested and complex landscape.

Training in Ministry

Nigel McCullough (Council Convener) and Gordon Campbell (Principal of Union College) are due to present the report of the Council to the General Assembly this morning. Pray that the debate, and the decisions taken would be wise and would honour the Lord Jesus, the Head of the Church.


Thursday 7 October

General Council

Thank God that our Presbyterian form of Church governance gives a voice to as wide a group of leaders as possible.  Pray that the decisions that have been made will honour God and be in line with his will.

General Council

Give thanks for the Assembly and for all those who worked hard to bring it to fruition even under difficult circumstances and within the restrictions.  Pray that the media coverage and any interviews given will be well received and accurately reflect the mind and intention of the Assembly.


Friday 8 October

Home and Urban Mission

Give thanks and continue to prayfor the work and witness of all PCI’s home and urban mission congregations. Pray too for the continued work on the Home Mission Review.

Mission in Ireland

Prayfor the Council for Mission in Ireland as it explores the possibilities for engagement in night-time ministry in Belfast and beyond.


Saturday 9 October

Global Mission Workers

Give thanks for the resilience and creativity of PCI’s global mission workers during times of global uncertainty. Pray that each will know the Lord’s leading and guidance in all aspects of their work and witness. Pray too for their health and safety at all times, and for their families.

Global Mission Partners

Give thanks for the faithful witness of PCI’s partner churches and mission organisations around the world, especially those suffering greatly due to Covid-19, climate change, or due to persecution.

Sunday 19 September

·     Moderator | BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a service with the Moderator and involving musicians from the New
Irish Choir and Orchestra on Sunday 19 September. Thank God for the opportunities the churches are given to broadcast and pray that this service will be a blessing to many.

·     Regrouping and regathering for worship | Thank God for how he has helped families, children and young people through the pandemic. Pray that they would continue to re-integrate into worshipping life as greater normality returns.  

Monday 20 September

·     Naomi Leremore (global mission worker in Kenya) | Give thanks for the Theological Education by Extension
team of writers (including Naomi) who have been working on a mentorship guidebook. Pray that the guide will
be completed soon and will be helpful for those involved in mentoring teenagers.

·     Afghanistan | Pray for those evacuated or still trying to flee Afghanistan, that they would find refuge and be guided in their next steps. Pray for Christians to be strengthened in their witness and for all minorities to be protected.

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Tuesday 21 September

·     Rosemary Spiers (deaconess in Greenwell Street, Newtownards) | Give thanks to God for many returning
to church and ministries restarting. Pray that during the ‘BER’ months, SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER and DecemBER, there would be many opportunities taken to ‘Bear one anothers burdens’.

·     Glenelly (Co Tyrone) | Give thanks for the online Holiday Bible Club. Pray that God’s Word would bear fruit
in young lives. Pray for the ongoing in-building and drive-in services on Sundays and for souls to be saved.

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Wednesday 22 September

·     Derek and Jane French (global mission workers in Spain) | Pray for Bilbao International Church committee
as they make plans for this autumn. Due to the pandemic and lack of job opportunities, the committee has
lost half their members. Pray for God to provide the right people to replace those who have left.

·     Global Mission | Pray for wisdom and guidance for the Council for Global Mission, its committees, panels
and task groups, remembering especially Rev Uel Marrs (secretary) and Rev Dr Liz Hughes
(convener).

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Thursday 23 September

·     Mark Annett (First Rathfriland, Co Down) | Give thanks for the recent Holiday Bible Club and pray for the resulting outreach opportunities. Pray for wisdom as church groups / activities recommence. Pray that the continued online presence would be a chance to speak to many who otherwise may not hear the good news.

·     Greystones (Co Wicklow) | Give thanks for the easing of restrictions, and pray for wisdom in expanding into these new freedoms. Pray for plans to begin an Alpha course this month and that people will come along.

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Friday 24 September

·     Social Witness | Pray for all medical, nursing & social care staff as they continue to work through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Pray that they may be given renewed energy when they are exhausted and drained.
Give thanks for their commitment and dedication over the last 19 months of the Covid-19 crisis.   

·     Financial pressures | Give thanks for organisations like Christians Against Poverty and Trussell Trust who
support those facing financial hardship. Pray that those struggling financially would be able to access and
receive the support they need.

Saturday 25 September

·     General Council | Pray for the Linkage Commission as it meets next week to consider a number of vacancies
and other important reports.  Pray for the convener, James Livingstone and secretary, Rev Ker Graham,
as they continue to give leadership to the work of the Commission in these challenging times.

·     Training in Ministry | Next week, a Pre-retirement Conference is planned for ministers due to retire in the next couple of years & their spouses. Many ministers find the adjustments of retirement challenging moving house, joining a new congregation, & ceasing full-time ministry. Pray for recently retired ministers and those planning for retirement, that the Lord will give grace for the changes and use them in a new season of life.

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Sunday 12 September

·     Moderator | Pray for the Moderator as he visits the congregation of Upper Clonaneese on Sunday to dedicate and open the new suite of halls. Pray for safety for him and for Zoe as they travel to different venues and events now that a more normal schedule is gradually being resumed.

·     Regrouping & regathering for worship | Thank God for those who lead worship – preparing the building, preaching, providing accompaniment for praise & providing technological input. Pray for continued passion & perseverance.   

Monday 13 September

·     Peter & Valerie Lockwood (global mission workers, Nepal) | On top of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, monsoon season has brought considerable flooding to the Terai region of Nepal. Pray for the team and local partner organisations as they coordinate with local and district-level stakeholders to support food relief to the neediest.

·     Syria & Lebanon | Pray for the work and witness of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, especially for the efforts to bring humanitarian aid and education to refugees and displaced people in the region.

 

Tuesday 14 September

·     Cheryl Meban (university chaplain) | Pray for Cheryl in her role as chaplain in the Ulster University campuses at Belfast and Jordanstown, particularly as students prepare for a new term. Pray for those students who will be starting their first year of university, that they will adjust well to university life.  

·     Douglas | Pray for the congregation of Douglas as they seek to return to something approaching normality after the disruption caused by Covid-19. Pray that the Kirk Session will have wisdom in the decisions they make for Church Life.

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Wednesday 15 September

·     Csaba & Ilona Veres (global mission workers, Romania) | Pray for Diakonia’s new LINK-IN ministry aimed at calling, training and equipping volunteers to serve in their children’s ministries. Pray for recruitment meetings
and training events to inspire local mission through the work of Diakonia.

·     Latvia | Pray for our partners in Latvia, the Evangelical Reformed Church of Latvia and the Baltic Reformed Theological Seminary. Pray for their work and witness through the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Thursday 16 September

·     Colin Megaw (prison chaplain) | Chaplaincy ministry returned to Woodlands Juvenile Justice in an in-person format at the start of August and chaplains are delighted to be back with the staff and young people.  Please pray for their ongoing outreach and support work.

·     Great Victoria Street (Belfast) | Following the pandemic, please pray for a recovery period where Great Victoria Street congregation can start to build again. Give thanks for the opportunities they have had to support one another. Pray that the congregation can find its way to flourish in whatever is to come.

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Friday 17 September

·     Social Witness | As the new school year begins, pray for children & young people who are experiencing bullying, for strength not to give in and to always tell a trusted adult. Pray especially for those targeted by bullies online.

·     On These Steps | Today a special event takes place at Union Theological College marking the role it played in hosting the first NI Parliament 100 years ago. Pray that those who attend and watch online would have an opportunity to reflect on our shared past and also be enabled to look forward with Christian hope to a shared future across these islands.

Saturday 18 September

·     General Council | Pray for the Clerk, Deputy Clerk and all the staff in the General Secretary’s Department as
they make final preparations for the General Assembly. Pray especially that there will be time for the necessary precautions in what is a very busy autumn period in church life.

·     Training in Ministry | The Auxiliary Ministry Scheme training course that started in Jan 2020, has been completed, after a Covid-19 delay, with the Service of Accreditation tomorrow night. Give thanks for the nine trainees. Pray
that AM posts will be created in congregations, and that the Lord will use them to build his Church.

 

Prayer in Changing Circumstances

Lord, as things move and change around me, I hold onto the One Who does not change and seek again Your guidance and help.

When I’m happy and upbeat,

grant me wisdom and gratitude and keep me from sin.

When I’m feeling strong and capable,

keep me humble and gentle, give me perspective, may I never lose compassion for others in need.

But when everything seems suddenly threatened,

remind me our ultimate destiny is assured and bright in resurrection and the sweet wholeness of eternal life, all things made new in Your love.  Galvanise my heart and mind and soul meanwhile for this time of trial!

When I feel weak,

may I find strength from beyond myself and the assurance Your grace really is enough.  Reassure me I will find all the help I need.

When I’m afraid,

help me know my Protector is near and that the worst trauma will pass, the most painful suffering will end.  Grant me courage to keep following and do what’s right.

When I am broken-hearted,

save me from bitterness or resentment.  Help me to trust for light in the dark and peace in the storm.  Through my tears may I still see cause for praise and thanks.

When I’m lonely,

help me look to Your cross which You endured alone for me.  Thank You for saving us like this, in sorrow and deep vulnerability.  Help me reach out and find healing in Your wounds.

Help me, and those dear to me, today

For I trust in You.

Amen

Sunday 5 September

·     Moderator | In Sept a conference for ministers contemplating retirement will be held. Pray for ministers who are reaching this time of transition, & for the those who are commencing training for the ministry at Union College.

·     Regrouping and regathering for worship | Thank God for the way in which congregations have been able to regroup and regather for worship despite ongoing challenges. Pray for continued momentum as the summer draws to a close.

Monday 6 September

·     Volker and Jinhyeog Glissmann (global mission workers in Malawi) | Give thanks for the overwhelming response in a local church where 36 members signed up to take the “Knowing God” course. This is the highest number from one congregation ever to join the training.

·     Leaders-in Training | Pray for students from overseas partner churches whose studies are supported by PCI, that as many courses resume for the autumn season there will be little disruption from Covid-19 restrictions.

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Tuesday 7 September

·     Michelle Purdy (deaconess in Ballyclare) | Give thanks that Michelle has been able to return to work part-time after surgery in April. Please pray for her as work life begins to return to normal. Pray for her role in the collective work of the local churches as they address the results of poverty, mental health issues and debt.

·     Dundalk | Pray for God’s blessing as the congregation continues to meet together for Sunday worship and for vision on how to open more church activities as the restrictions ease. Pray for all those who are suffering loss
at this time, that they may know God’s strength, healing and peace. 

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Wednesday 8 September

·     Edwin and Anne Kibathi (mission to East Africans in the UK) | Thank God for the success of the recent Kenya and Friends In The Park event, pray that the spirit of God will continue ministering to those who were reached. Pray
that more people will have the confidence to come back to church. Pray also for the Lord’s guidance for the future.

·     Nepal | Pray for Nepal as it continues to recover from a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Pray that the hospitals there would have adequate staffing and resources to meet the needs of the people.

Thursday 9 September

·     Dave Gray (chaplain in Derryvolgie, Q.U.B. & U.T.C.) | Praise God for the summer mission team in Aug, that many kids were blessed with Bible camp & 2 young men came to faith in Jesus. Pray for students at Derryvolgie
& the wider campus; for health, friendships, community and for the new Assistant Chaplain, Lyndsey Watterson.

·     Drogheda | Pray for the members, that they will know God’s leading as they plan the autumn season, for growth in godliness and for opportunities to share the gospel with the local community. 

Friday 10 September

·     Social Witness | Pray for Specialist Services as they work with individuals with addictions or discharged from prison – that they will invest in the programmes offered to them and respond appropriately. Give thanks for dedicated staff teams who dedicate themselves to this work.

·     Further and Higher Education | Pray for young people moving into higher or further education and especially for those who might be leaving home for the first time. Give thanks for Christian Unions and local churches who are preparing to welcome students and pray that they would have many opportunities to share the love of Jesus.

Saturday 11 September

·     General Council | Pray for the meeting of the Irish Inter Church Committee taking place next week and especially
for Very Rev Dr Ivan Patterson in his role of Co-chair of the IICC and President of the Irish Council of Churches.

·     Training in Ministry | The Conciliation Service is holding training for ministers next Thursday entitled, ‘Facilitating Difficult Conversations.’ This is a new training course, hoping to give further training to ministers in chairing meetings, and in pastoral situations. Pray for those who will lead the course, and for the ministers who attend,
that the Lord would equip them in this challenging area of their work.

 

Sunday 29 August

Moderator

The Moderator’s diary for the autumn includes weekly church services, conferences, visits to other organisations and preparations for the General Assembly. Pray for David and Zoe as they begin to travel more extensively around Ireland, north and south.

Fanning the flame of congregational life: Being thankful

Ask God to make us thankful for how he has blessed us through the summer months, restoring our souls, renewing our enthusiasm, reviving us for what lies ahead.


Monday 30 August

Stephen and Angelina Cowan (global mission workers in Kenya)

Give thanks for the interest in change amongst village groups. Pray for all children who will transition to secondary school due to support through the programme here, that they will be influenced by the gospel which is clearly presented at youth events.

Romania

Pray for the work of PCI’s partner, the Christian Foundation Diakonia, based in Cluj, Transylvania and especially for the work and witness of the Home Care Team.


Tuesday 31 August

Sonya Anderson (deaconess in Shore Street, Donaghadee)

Pray for wisdom as the congregation makes plans for children’s ministry and for enough leaders to step forward to lead and help. Thank God that Shore Street has received leave to call a new minister. Pray that God will guide them in the next stage.

Donegal and Stranorlar (Co Donegal)

Give thanks that the congregations have been able to make use of opportunities to meet for worship and to gather outdoors.  Pray for God’s leading as the congregation moves forward into the autumn.


Wednesday 1 September

James and Heather Cochrane (global mission workers in Portugal)

Pray for James and Heather, that their time in Northern Ireland would be a time to rest and reconnect with family, friends and supporters. Pray for CPV during their absence. Pray for Alana and Lucy, who will begin studying at Queen’s University in Belfast.

Zambia

Pray for the newly elected President, Hakainde Hichilema and for all of the new leaders in government; that they will lead and govern in ways that honour God and uphold Christian values. Give thanks that overall the elections were peaceful; continue to pray for calm in the coming days.


Thursday 2 September

Dan Rosbotham (Community Youth Worker in Ravenhill)

Give thanks for the relationships Dan has established with unchurched young people and for the outreach week that took place at the beginning of August. Pray for a successful launch to the Young Life Club in September and opportunities to engage with local secondary schools.

Kilkenny (Co Kilkenny)

Give thanks that Rev Jonathan Currie is to commence his ministry in Kilkenny on Saturday 4 September. Pray that he will settle well into the new area and that he will get to know the congregation quickly in the midst of the current Covid-19 restrictions.


Friday 3 September

Social Witness

Pray for Taking Care as they respond to the increasing demand for Access (NI) and GARDA checks and requests for training. Pray for the team as they deal with concerns within congregations and manage the issues within the CSW Homes / Units. Give thanks that Taking Care is well established within PCI.

Back to school

Pray that our children and young people would thrive and grow during this school year. Pray especially for those who are starting school for the first time or who have moved to a new school that any anxiety would dissipate and new friends would be made easily.


Saturday 4 September

General Council

As preparations are being made for the General Assembly in the first week of October, pray for the Moderator, Clerk, Deputy Clerk and the staff in the General Secretary’s Department who will seek to ensure that the practical arrangements are in place, and the business of the Assembly is managed well.

Council for Training in Ministry

New licentiates, or assistant ministers, who finished college study last June, are due to start their licentiate training this week. This training is one Friday per month, helping licentiates learn more about ministry while they practice it themselves. Pray that the Lord would shape them as they serve in congregations, and continue their training.

Let’s Pray         Sun 4 JulySat 10 July 2021
Sunday 4 July

·     Moderator | Many families will be spending holidays more locally this year. Pray for God-given times of refreshment and for protection from any new variant of coronavirus which might further inhibit the relaxation
of restrictions.

·     Fanning the flame of congregational life: Being positive | Ask God to help congregations be positive about approaching the resumption of worship and other activities after such a long and wearying season of
restrictions on gathering.

Monday 5 July

·     Stephen & Angelina Cowan (global mission workers in Kenya) | Pray for the youth camps to be held later this month. Due to Covid-19, most likely they will be smaller than normal, in several locations and led by senior youth from Tuum. Pray for good attendance and for many to dedicate their lives to following Christ.

·     Global Developement | Pray for the ongoing work of Christian Aid and Tearfund seeking to help people in great need throughout the world, sharing the gospel through love in action.

Tuesday 6 July

·      Hazel Reid (deaconess) | Pray for Hazel Reid as she continues to meet the pastoral needs of First Broughshane congregation and also works as part-time chaplain at N. Ireland Hospice and Causeway Hospital. Pray that her ministry will be effective and fruitful, bringing comfort to people and glory to God.

·      Arklow | Pray for the home mission congregation of Arklow; especially for Rev Michael Anderson, the Kirk Session and Irish mission worker Philip Whelton as they make plans to get activities up and running again.

Wednesday 7 July

·      Zambia | Pray for the nation of Zambia where Covid-19 cases have risen rapidly over the past month. Pray that people will take Covid-19 seriously and try to protect themselves and others by wearing face masks and social distancing. Pray for the leadership of CCAP Synod of Zambia as they endeavour to guide people.

·      Diane Cusick (global mission worker, Zambia) | Pray for Diane as she works from home in Lusaka & remember the teachers and children who were just suddenly told to stop school. Pray for their safety from the virus.

Thursday 8 July

·     Timothy Vaughan (community outreach worker in Garnerville, Belfast) | Pray for the church’s community football club held in the local estate, that many children and young people will attend and for good relationships with them. Pray too for the plans for the congregation’s children’s week due to be held at the end of August.

·     Athy and Carlow | Pray for the functioning of the congregations under the current restrictions. Pray particularly for the young people and that their leaders will be able to organise some activities for them over the summer.

Friday 9 July

·     Social Witness | Pray for our Home Managers as they continue to manage the challenges of Covid-19 & plan for more normal times. Pray for renewed strength and good health as they fight the fatigue of the past 16 months. Give thanks that they have been able to steer their Home/Unit through this most challenging time.

·     Families | As the school holidays begin pray that although some restrictions are still in place, families would have time to rest and have fun together. Pray especially for those caring for loved ones with additional needs, that the right support would be available over the summer months.

Saturday 10 July

·     General Council | Pray for safety and protection and a sense of peace and calm throughout Northern Ireland, especially on the 11th night and the 12th July itself.  Pray for wisdom for those both organizing and policing various parades and gatherings, so that needless tension will not build up at a sensitive time of the year.

·     Council for Training in Ministry | Pray for ministry students undertaking full-time summer assistantships in congregations through Ireland. Pray that they will both gain broader experience of ministry in different contexts
and bring blessing to the congregations where they are working.

 

 

Let’s Pray         Sun 27 JuneSat 3 July 2021
Sunday 27 June

·     Moderator | Pray for our political leaders in both jurisdictions at this time of much change and uncertainty.
Pray for wise decision-making which honours God and is for the good of everybody.

·     Being a grateful people | Ask God to help us to be a grateful people, aware of his many blessings, thankful
for his love, mercy, grace and kindness towards us.

Monday 28 June

·     India | Pray for all affected by Covid-19 in India. Pray for the leaders and members of our partner, the Church of North India, in particular the Diocese of Gujarat, one of the worst affected areas, as they seek to minister and witness throughout the pandemic. Pray too for congregations who have lost their ministers due to Covid-19.

·     Hungarian Reformed Church | Pray for the work and witness of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Hungary, Romania and Ukraine. Pray for all the Bible Clubs, camps, etc, for children and young people this summer.

Tuesday 29 June

·      University chaplains | Pray that staff, students and chaplains will be refreshed over the summer break. Pray for students graduating this summer, many of whom will be looking for jobs in a difficult economic climate.

·      Aghada & Cork | Pray for the church communities to grow in their love for each other and to invite others to worship with them. Pray for the minister to preach with power and passion, and for all of us to grow in grace.

Wednesday 30 June

·      United Mission to Nepal (UMN) | Give thanks that UMN’s general agreement with the government of Nepal
has been signed. Pray that the interim project and Covid-19 response agreements will now be signed quickly.

·      Peter & Valerie Lockwood (global mission workers, Nepal) | Pray for the challenging situation in the UMN hospitals in Tansen & Okhaldhunga as they provide primary healthcare and are at the frontline of the Covid-19 response. Pray too for the Lockwood family as they work through the changes that Covid-19 has necessitated.

Thursday 1 July

·     Prison chaplains | Pray for those in prison, their families and prison staff. Pray that all may come to know and love the Lord and his ways. Pray too for prison chaplains as they share the gospel and provide pastoral care. 

·     Alt (Co Donegal) | Thank God for helping us all physically and emotionally during lockdown and for good attendances at Sunday services. Pray for refreshment over the summer months, for comfort and healing for all who struggle with illness. Pray too for a return to normality and for wisdom in future planning.

Friday 2 July

·     Social Witness | Pray for our homes & units as they plan their summer activities & outings, praying that residents & tenants may find comfort & relaxation as they participate & benefit from the new freedom. Give thanks for all who will accompany them, that they will be given renewed energy & enthusiasm as they fulfil this important task.

·     Civil Service | Give thanks for civil servants who support the Government of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive. Pray for wisdom, good management and diligence in the support of policy-making and delivery of services to the public.

Saturday 3 July

·     General Council | Please pray for the ongoing work of the Linkage commission, particularly in processing Leave
to Call for vacant congregations. Pray especially for the convener, Mr James Livingstone and the Chair, the Very
Rev Dr Michael Barry in that work.

·     Council for Training in Ministry | The Accredited Preacher Scheme meets Mon – Fri next week, for intensive teaching in Union College. Pray for the trainees that the Lord will equip them to serve him in this way in his
Church. Pray too for the teachers, that the Lord will use them to teach effectively. Pray for existing Accredited Preachers as they preach in congregations throughout Ireland.

 

 

Let’s Pray         Sun 20 JuneSat 26 June 2021
Sunday 20 June

·     Moderator | Give thanks that the Church Leaders of the major Christian traditions in Ireland can speak
together on matters of national concern, and do so with a united voice. Pray for the Irish Council of Churches and its current President, Very Rev Dr Ivan Patterson.

·     Being an obedient people | Ask God to help us to be an obedient people, aware of our tendency to want to go our own way, ready to trust that his ways for us are good and right and true.

Monday 21 June

·     Covid-19 | Pray for all affected by Covid-19 around the world; those who have the virus, those recovering, and those who have lost loved ones. Pray for people around the world who are suffering due to pressures on healthcare systems and those suffering great hardship due to economic effects of the pandemic.

·     Gary & Mary Reid (global mission workers, Kenya) | Pray for the church families in Olkinyei & Siana, that they will be guided by God. Pray that many more people in Maasailand will come to know Jesus as their Saviour.

Tuesday 22 June

·      Rev Norman Harrison (chaplain, Royal Group of Hospitals) | Pray for wisdom and guidance for Norman as
he provides pastoral care and support to patients, their families and staff during difficult times. 

·      Taughmonagh, Belfast | Give thanks that the members of Taughmonagh have remained faithful to God during lockdown. Remaining a close church family, they continue to be generous in their giving and have welcomed some new faces with the return of in-person times of worship.

Wednesday 23 June

·      Steve & Rosie Kennedy (global mission workers, Romania) | Pray for ongoing involvement in the daily life and witness of Tóköz congregation through the Youth Band and most recently Bible Class, alongside preaching for Steve and work in the Kindergarten for Rosie.

·      Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) | Pray for the leadership and members of PCEA’s congregations (over 1,000 in Kenya and a small number in Tanzania and Uganda). Pray that the church will continue to grow.

Thursday 24 June

·     Tracey Nicholl (deaconess in St James’, Ballymoney) | Pray for Living Hope Community which Tracey is involved with, who hope to distribute school uniforms in August to families in need in their local community. Pray also that the Lord would use Tracey in this time to glorify him. 

·     Westbourne, Belfast | Pray for the urban mission congregation of Westbourne in east Belfast. Pray too for the local community, especially over the summer months, when tensions can increase.

Friday 25 June

·     Social Witness | Pray that the numerous staff vacancies within Social Witness (CSW) will be filled, and that the recruitment campaigns may produce suitable applicants. Give thanks for those who have recently started employment in CSW and for the Personnel Department who work tirelessly to recruit.

·     World Leaders | Following the recent meeting of the G7 hosted by the UK, pray that commitments made by
global leaders in relation to global vaccine rollout and climate change will be implemented and have a positive impact for those countries facing the worst effects of these significant challenges.

Saturday 26 June

·     General Council | The General Council, the most representative body of the General Assembly, meets next week,
on 30 June.  Please pray for wisdom in decision making as reports are received and necessary preparations are
agreed for the forthcoming meeting of the General Assembly in October 2021.

·     Council for Training in Ministry | Union College Management Committee meets on 28 June. Give thanks for the
past academic year, & for how the Lord sustained staff & students through very testing times. Pray the Lord would give the Committee wisdom, especially as significant repairs are needed to the library ceiling and heating system.

 

 

Sunday 13 June

·     Moderator | As the ‘marching season’ approaches, pray for calm in Northern Ireland, especially in the light of recent street violence.  Pray for the excellent work being done by PCI congregations in inner city areas.

·     Being a prayerful people | Ask God to help us to be a prayerful people, aware of his presence with us, always looking to him expectant that he will lead, guide and direct our steps.

Monday 14 June

·     Middle East | Pray for students and staff at JETS as they engage in the theological teaching-learning process under some restrictions in relation to Covid-19. Thank God that in spite of the disruption caused by the pandemic, JETS continues its strategic role in the Middle East ‘training Arab leaders for the Arab world’.

·     Myanmar | Pray for a just and peaceful resolution to the ongoing civil unrest following the military coup earlier this year. Pray for the leaders and members of the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar at this difficult time.

Tuesday 15 June

·      International Meeting Point | Pray for the staff and volunteers at International Meeting Point in South & North Belfast. Pray in particular for the Op Shop and for various meetings and Bible Studies as they restart in-person.

·      St Columba’s, Lisburn | Pray for outreach into the community. Pray for “The Kid’s Club” which began outdoors on 3 June and will run for six weeks. Give thanks for the great turnout so far. For many of those children this is their only “Sunday School”. Pray for deeper links with their families. 

 

Wednesday 16 June

·      Naomi Keefe (global mission worker, Brazil) | Pray for the evangelistic activities Naomi is involved in around St John the Baptist day. They plan to distribute soap packages to families which include simple devotional material explaining how Jesus alone can cleanse our sins. Pray that many will turn to him in repentance and faith.

·      Brazil | Pray for the people of Brazil who are suffering greatly from Covid-19. Pray for the witness of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil, that leaders and members will bring God’s comfort and strength to many.

Thursday 17 June

·     Philip Whelton (Irish mission worker, Arklow) | Pray for preparations to resume some activities in the autumn. This includes keeping parents updated regarding children & youth clubs, and maintaining a visible presence in town to remain in contact with people & assure them of the church’s care and concern for their well-being. 

·     Strand (East Belfast) | Pray for good fellowship amongst the congregation meeting together on Sundays.
Pray for the children and young people who go to Sunday Pals, that many will commit their lives to Christ.

Friday 18 June

·     Social Witness | Pray for all the home managers within CSW as they continue to work through the most challenging period in the life of the Social Care Sector – that they may guide their teams with renewed energy
into this important transitional time of returning to more normal routines. Give thanks that we are blessed with managers, who have shown great dedication and compassion over the past 15 months.

·     Council for Public Affairs | Following a recent meeting of the Council for Public Affairs pray for Rev Daniel Kane
in his role as convener and as the Church seeks to have its voice heard clearly in the public square.

 

Saturday 19 June

·     General Council | As congregations in Northern Ireland plan ahead for summer activities, pray for guidance for
kirk sessions and youth and children’s leaders.  Please pray that restrictions in ROI will soon also allow such
activities to take place.

·     Council for Training in Ministry | Three lecturer posts are vacant in Union College due to recent or pending retirements, and through colleagues moving on to new roles. Pray for the interview and selection process, that the Lord will guide clearly and that people will be appointed who he will be pleased to use in teaching students and training ministers.

 

 

 

 

Connecting with God through prayer is one of the extrordinary joys and privileges of being a Christian believer, but our calling to enjoy a prayer relationship with God goes far beyond our individual prayer lives -we are called to pray together.  If you live in the area or are connected with us in some way, be assured that there are people in our church who pray for you regularly. We particularly remember those who are going through times of illness, depression, loss and despair. We also give thanks to God for all the blessings that our community enjoys and, more than ever in these desperately  troubled times, we pray for those caught up in the terrible global conflicts and in the traps of poverty, oppression and disease.

 

 

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