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 14th august 2022

Moderator

Pray for the Moderator’s visit to Dundrod Presbyterian Church today. Pray for the congregation as they are currently in a vacancy.

Worship throughout the year: Pray for those who lead praise

Give thanks for those whom God has gifted to lead praise each week. Ask that he will help them to do so with beauty and joy.


Monday 15 August

Stephen & Angelina Cowan (global mission workers, Kenya)

Pray for the young people attending the August youth camps in Tuum, that many more would commit their lives to Christ and that those who already have will grow in their faith and their devotion to serving God and being led by him in all aspects of their lives.

Pakistan

Pray for the leaders and members of the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan as they seek to make the Word of God known to all. Pray for Christians who face persecution/discrimination because of their faith.


Tuesday 16 August

Michelle Stewart (community outreach worker, Trinity, Greyabbey)

Pray for Michelle as she continues to build relationships with people in the community. Pray that the church in Cloughey will continually be a witness and a shining light in the village.

Great Victoria Street, Belfast

The congregation is now sharing its building with Windsor congregation. Pray for the members as they excitedly see change in a big way. Pray for the church leaders exploring the new way ahead and finding God’s vision for this strategically placed church in the city of Belfast.


Wednesday 17 August

James & Heather Cochrane (global mission workers, Portugal)

Pray for James and Heather as they continue to lead the Comunidade Pedras Vivas church plant in Porto. Pray for the members of the church as they seek to elect their first elders in the coming months.

Brazil

Pray for the work and witness of the Igreja Presbiteriana do Brazil (IPB) which has around 650,000 members in 5,000 congregations throughout Brazil.


Thursday 18 August

Henry Coulter (International Meeting Point, South Belfast)

Give thanks for the privilege to be able to help asylum seekers and refugees settle into life in Belfast; English classes are full and the Bible studies are running well. Pray for wisdom, grace and strength for Henry and the staff. May many hear the good news and trust Jesus.

Greystones (Co Wicklow)

Pray for the minister – Rev Gary McDowell, the elders and members of Greystones congregation as they continue to love God, encourage one another and serve the Greystones’ community and beyond.


Friday 19 August

Social Witness

Thompson House is the Church’s supported housing scheme for offenders. Give thanks for the work and witness of Thompson House and the staff there. Pray that residents find and retain employment and make use of opportunities for further education. Pray for the Bible studies that take place and the residents who participate.

Education

Pray for young people who have received exam results and are making decisions about future studies at school or in further or higher education. Pray that the advice they receive would be helpful and wise, and that in the midst of uncertainty they might know the sure and steadfast hope of Christ our Saviour.


Saturday 20 August

General Council

Pray for those who work in the background, both in our congregations and in our wider church. Remember especially those who look after the increasingly important technological side of church life, both in congregations and in the Assembly Buildings IT Department.

Training in Ministry

Ministry students are preparing to start the new year of College studies. There are four new students this year. The first two weeks are intensive Hebrew and Greek classes. Pray that the Lord will prepare new and existing students for ministry through their college study and congregational placements.

Sunday 7th August 2022

Moderator

Pray for the Moderator as he visits New Horizon in the coming week. Pray that he might bring encouragement to the many people he will meet with and that he himself will be encouraged and ministered to.

Worship throughout the year: Prayer for the preacher

Give thanks for those whom God has gifted to open God’s Word in preaching each week. Ask that he will help them to do so with faithfulness and in a form which readily speaks into our lives today.


Monday 8 August

Diane Cusick (global mission worker, Zambia)

Pray for Diane as she continues to recover from serious illness in Belfast. Pray for the ongoing work of early childhood development carried out by the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Zambia and for those covering Diane’s work in Zambia.

Indonesia

Pray for God’s blessing on the Christian Church of Sumba. Pray for leaders and members to continue to grow in their faith, knowledge and love of the Lord, and for others on the island of Sumba to come to faith in Christ.


Tuesday 9 August

Kenny Hanna (rural chaplain)

Pray for refreshment for Kenny as he takes some time off in August. Remember Jim Henning, covering the livestock markets in Kenny’s absence.

Fermoy & Cahir

Give thanks for a wonderful Bible Club week in Fermoy and pray for more opportunities to sow into these young lives in the months and years ahead. Give thanks for blessings in Cahir, as they see lives turning and trusting in the Lord Jesus. Pray for more labourers.


Wednesday 10 August

Steve & Rosie Kennedy (global mission workers, Romania)

Pray for Steve and Rosie on a short home assignment this summer after a busy time in July with summer outreach programmes for children and young people. Pray for a time of rest and refreshment before they return to Cluj in the coming weeks.rt of the new academic year. Pray too for unity amongst Christians across Russia at this time.

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, including reaching out to help refugees from Ukraine.


Thursday 11 August

Dan Rosbotham (community outreach worker, Ravenhill)

Pray for Dan as he serves God in the Ravenhill area of Belfast, reaching out to people in the community with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Galway

Give thanks for new members and visitors. Pray that members will deepen their faith, service, friendship and unity. Pray for more leaders for Sunday school, youth group and student work and for these ministries. Pray that they will be able to build new toilets and meeting roomsbehind the church building.


Friday 12 August

Social Witness

Staffing is one of the most important factors in the delivery of high-quality care. At times it is difficult to recruit staff and this puts the staff team in place under pressure to cover extra shifts. Give thanks for care assistant positions recently filled. Pray that vacant posts in Older Peoples Services will be filled with suitable staff.

Politics

Pray for elected representatives across the UK and Ireland as they seek to serve their constituents. Pray for wisdom in decision making as they seek to tackle challenges like the cost of living crisis, hospital waiting lists and other issues.


Saturday 13 August

General Council

Pray for wisdom for the conveners and secretaries of the large number of committees, panels and task groups under the General Council. Pray for them as they plan the new session’s work, especially for those who will be drawing up important reports for the 2023 General Assembly.

Training in Ministry

Ministry Applicants – Applications to be accepted as students for the ministry have to be submitted by 15 September. Speak to anyone you know who may have gifting for ordained ministry and encourage them to consider whether God is calling them to this vocation. Pray for all thinking about applying that they may know God’s guidance.

Sunday 31st July

• Moderator | Pray for ministers, & other staff who work in our congregations, as they have holidays over the summer
period. Pray for refreshment & renewal in body, mind & spirit for them & for all other leaders in our congregations.
• Resting in God in worship | The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he
leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. Psalm 23:1-3. Thank God for how he leads us into rest that
renews our souls and ask that you may find refreshment for daily living as you worship today.
Monday 1 August
• Gary & Mary Reid (global mission workers, Kenya) | Gary and Mary are currently on home assignment. Pray for
them over the next seven weeks as they speak in a number of PCI congregations, sharing about the work God is
doing amongst the Maasai community in the Olkinyei area of southern Kenya.
• Myanmar | Rev Uel Marrs, PCI Global Mission Secretary, is attending the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar’s
Partners’ Meeting in Singapore this week. Pray that the meeting will be an encouragement to the Church in
Myanmar as they continue their ministry during the violent unrest and military dictatorship in Myanmar.
•Tuesday 2 August
• Michelle Purdy (deaconess in Ballyclare) | Pray for Michelle who has been ill in recent months. Pray for healing
and for daily energy and strength. Pray that she will know God’s presence and love at this difficult time.
• Enniscorthy and Wexford | Pray for these two congregations which are vacant at present. Pray for the
appointment of a minister of God’s choosing, & for the congregations to be encouraged in their work & witness.
Wednesday 3 August
• St Petersburg Christian University | Pray for staff and students at the university as they prepare for the start
of the new academic year. Pray too for unity amongst Christians across Russia at this time.
• Malawi | Pray for God’s blessing on the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in Malawi – one of the
world’s poorest countries economically. Give thanks and pray for the church’s projects helping people who are
living in poverty and for the vital healthcare provided by CCAP’s hospitals and clinics.
Thursday 4 August
• Altnagelvin Hospital chaplains | Pray for Rev Lindsay Blair, Rev Keith Hibbert and Rev Ross Kernohan who share
the chaplaincy role at Altnagelvin hospital in Londonderry. Pray that God will give them the words to say to
patients, families and staff to encourage them to trust in the Lord through difficult times.
• Fahan | Pray for the elders and members of the congregation during this time of vacancy. Give thanks for their
dedication to outreach ministries, and pray that more people in their locality will come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Friday 5 August
• Respite Care | Respite care is an essential element to the overall care of individuals and invaluable support to
families and carers. Since the Covid-19 pandemic this service has been reduced & in some instances stopped. Pray
for all who provide this valuable service. Pray that families and carers will benefit from their relaxation & breaks.
• Loneliness | Pray for those of any age who feel isolated and lonely, especially during the summer months when
normal activities are paused. Pray for opportunities to look out for neighbours and friends, and to share with them
the love and hope of Jesus.
Saturday 6 August
• General Council | Pray for staff in the Financial Secretary’s Department, who over these next weeks will be
collating all of the financial and statistical data which is forwarded by congregations and presbyteries. Pray
also for treasurers and others working on their congregation’s returns for the Charity Commission (NI) and the
Charity Regulatory Authority (RoI).
• Training in Ministry | The Union College building is historic and significant, however, any big, old building
needs maintenance and management. Pray for Alan McCormick, the Head of Operations at Union; the
Custodian, John Piper; and the Finance Personnel and Administration Panel, and its convener Norman Bennett,
as they oversee the maintenance and management of the property.

                Sunday 24th July

Moderator

Pray for the Moderator’s first visit to a congregation in his year of office, when he visits Newcastle Presbyterian Church and River House this afternoon. Pray that the visit will be a blessing to both the congregation and the residents.

Resting in God in worship

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. Psalm 116:7. Thank God for his provision and protection and ask that you might find fresh faith to rest in him in worship today.


Monday 25 July

Chris & Rachel Humphries (global mission workers, Portugal)

Pray for Chris and Rachel as they come towards the end of their assignment in Portugal. Pray for all the practical aspects and logistics of moving house, country, and employment over the coming months – for the packing, the selling of goods and the final goodbyes.

Ukraine

Pray for the continued work of our partners Christian Aid, Tearfund and Hungarian Reformed Church Aid in bringing humanitarian aid to those fleeing Ukraine and also to people in need within Ukraine. Give thanks to all who contributed to the Moderator’s Appeal which has raised over £1.1 million for this work.


Tuesday 26 July

South Belfast Friendship House

Pray for the summer kids’ clubs and lunch clubs, that those attending will experience the love of God, and that the children will be fed both bodily and spiritually.

Corboy & Mullingar

Pray for the new members received recently in both churches, that they will continue to grow in the Lord and put into good use the gifts God has given them. Pray that the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mullingar this year will be an opportunity to witness and bring glory to the Lord.


Wednesday 27 July

Peter & Jayne Fleming (global mission workers, Nepal)

Give thanks for new staff in both United Mission to Nepal (UMN) and Kathmandu International Study Centre. Pray too for Peter and Jayne as over the next couple of months they prepare to conclude their assignment in Nepal.

Nepal

Give thanks that the new five-year agreements which give permission for UMN to continue with working projects for the next five years, were signed in June. Sadly, the agreements have greatly reduced the number of ex-pat visas available, but it means work can progress for the next five years without constant worry.


Thursday 28 July

Forces chaplains

Give thanks for PCI forces chaplains and pray that the Lord will guide them in all their conversations and interactions with others. Pray especially for forces chaplains as they provide pastoral care, sometimes to people facing very difficult circumstances.

Dundalk

Pray for the congregation as they seek to buy and renovate a new manse over the summer months. Pray that they will know God’s help to be a faithful and fruitful congregation in the centre of Dundalk town.


Friday 29 July

Social Witness

Throughout PCI many take on voluntary roles and dedicate their time and expertise to helping others. Today we give thanks for those who act as Designated Persons for child protection and adult safeguarding within their congregations. This is a vital role working closely with the Taking Care Office to ensure the safety and well-being of our children, young people and those most vulnerable within our church. We pray for guidance for those who have recently taken on this role, that they may find the training and support useful and will settle into the role well.

International Relations

With many different crises happening across the world pray for global leaders that they would make wise decisions and seek outcomes for the good of all people. Pray especially for those organisations and agencies which support displaced people in countries which often do not have many resources to meet this demand.


Saturday 30 July

General Council

Pray for those in the General Secretary’s Department who are working on a number of post-Assembly administrative tasks over the summer. Pray especially for those who are currently finalising PCI’s Annual Directory for circulation to ministers and congregations at the start of September.

Training in Ministry

Student deaconesses are nearing the end of their first-year placement in local congregations, and will soon be preparing for their second year of study, and a placement in another congregation. Pray for Heather Healy and Cathy Smith, and give thanks for the training that they have benefitted from up to this point.

Sunday 3 July

Moderator

Please pray for the newly installed Moderator, Rt Rev Dr John Kirkpatrick, as he embarks on a series of engagements – the Commemoration of the Somme at Belfast City Hall on Friday and the National Day of Commemoration – to be held in Dublin at the weekend.

Resting in God in worship

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1. Give thanks for God’s salvation in Christ and ask for a fresh appreciation and assurance of it as you worship today.


Monday 4 July

World Food Crisis

Pray for people across the world dependent on food aid and for the aid agencies helping them. There are increasing concerns of aglobal hunger catastrophe unfolding fuelled by the facts that grain is trapped in Ukraine, the protectionist policies of other significant grain producers, and a poor harvest in East Africa.

Myanmar

Pray for peace in Myanmar and the safety of Presbyterian Church of Myanmar staff and members. Pray too for the Church as they seek to reach out and share God’s love in the midst of turmoil.


Tuesday 5 July

West Belfast

Give thanks for plans for a new Special Ministry in West Belfast and for the appointment of Rev David Moore, minister to the post. Pray for him as he prepares to take up the role from September.

Carrigart & Dunfanaghy

Pray for the new exciting opportunity for mission in Carrigart using the Bewglas Centre. Pray for the minister of God’s choosing to come forward to lead this work and to minister to Carrigart and Dunfunaghy congregations.


Wednesday 6 July

Edwin and Anne Kibathi (global mission workers, UK)

Prayfor Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) UK Outreach fellowships to be strengthened. Pray too that ministries amongst children, young people, men and women will overflow into effective mission in the wider community.

India

Pray for Rt Rev Silvanas Christian, Bishop of Gujarat, all ministers, deacons,evangelists, missionaries, laities and Diocesan office staff. Pray for Diocesan Mission Projects including – Prayer Tower, Technical College, St Stephen Schools and Mission Fields.Pray too for ministry among children and young people.


Thursday 7 July

Heather McCracken (deaconess, Belfast Trust Hospitals)

Prayfor wisdom and guidance for Heather as she serves in the Royal Group of Hospitals and Musgrave Park Hospital providing pastoral care to patients, relatives and staff. Pray too for continued strength and energy for Heather as hospitals continue to be very busy.

Craigavon

Pray for the members of session, committee and the church family as they focus on leadership development, outreach into the community and development of the congregation’s facilities over the next season, in response to the recent tenure review.


Friday 8 July

Social Witness

Pray for Elaine Glass, the new office supervisor and PA to the director. Pray for guidance as Elaine settles into her role. Give thanks for this appointment and continue to pray for the recruitment of care staff across all the Council for Social Witness services.

Fostering and adoption

Give thanks for those who open their homes to children and young people who can no longer be cared for by their own families. Pray that more people would come forward to offer help and support in this way, and particularly for refugee children who arrive in Northern Ireland and Ireland unaccompanied.


Saturday 9 July

General Council

The incoming session will involve a significant amount of work for various task groups under the General Council. Pray for the conveners as they prepare for meetings in the early autumn and some over the summer period.

Training in Ministry

Pastoral care of ministers and their families. Pray for ministers as they take leave and benefit from the quieter church life of the summer. Pray for refreshment and renewed energy and vision from the Lord as they also prepare for the new church year, especially after such disruption to congregational ministry and mission over the past two-and-a-half years.

Sunday 29th May

Moderator

As the Platinum Jubilee of the reign of The Queen is marked throughout the United Kingdom in coming days, we give thanks for her godly influence as Head of State. Similarly, we pray for the President of Ireland, and all those in elected office in both jurisdictions on this island.

Answering God’s invitation to worship

Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28.Ask God to help us come just as we are to him in worship and find his rest and peace in believing.


Monday 30 May

Gary and Mary Reid (global mission workers, Kenya)

Pray for Gary and Mary and their ongoing mission within Maasailand. Give thanks for the many practical ways through which they show God’s love to others. Pray that God’s Holy Spirit will work mightily in the lives of the Maasai people.

Afghanistan

Pray for the people of Afghanistan, especially those struggling to afford enough food and other basic necessities. Pray too for our partners Christian Aid Ireland and Tearfund helping those in need.


Tuesday 31 May

Jason Sime (community mission worker, Alexandra, North Belfast)

Pray that God will guide strategic thinking in Alexandra and that they will lead people to faith in Christ. Pray for a meaningful impact on the local community, and that the congregation’s new projects will be blessed by God and be successful in building his church.

Athy and Carlow (Co Kildare & Co Carlow)

Pray that after all the difficulties of the Covid-19 period, the congregations may have a fresh vision of Jesus Christ, so that they may be living witnesses in their local communities. Pray especially for the new youth projects and those involved.


Wednesday 1 June

St Petersburg Christian University (Russia)

Pray for graduates as they work to better equip people in God’s Kingdom. Pray for the financial challenges which students, staff and the university are facing.

Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA)

Pray for the work and witness of PCEA. Pray especially for all their efforts to reach out with God’s love and care to those living in poverty. Pray too for peace and calm during the run up to the Kenyan general election this summer.


Thursday 2 June

Platinum Jubilee

Across the UK The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations begin today. Pray for the health and well-being of the UK’s longest serving Head of State. Give thanks for Queen Elizabeth’s Christian witness and her contribution to the peace process on our island home.

Sharon Heron (deaconess, International Meeting Point)

Pray for Sharon as she spends time with young women coming into our country who have been through traumatic experiences. Pray that God would intervene and bring healing to their lives. Pray too for Sharon as she shares the gospel with them.


Friday 3 June

Social Witness

We pray for those who are sick and feeling unwell, be it physically or mentally. We give thanks for our Lord, who is the hope of the hopeless, the help of the helpless and the comfort of the weak-hearted.

Please also pray for Denise Keegan (Head of Older People Services) and Claire Nicholson (Kinghan Church Clerical Officer) who are currently on sick leave. Pray that Denise and Claire will take time to rest and recover and will return to work feeling refreshed and renewed in God’s love.

Platinum Jubilee

The Moderator is in London today for the National Service of Thanksgiving in St Paul’s Cathedral, marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. As we are called to pray for those in authority, pray for the Queen as she celebrates this landmark anniversary and for President Higgins, Ireland’s Head of State.


Saturday 4 June

General Council

Throughout the year, both at local and denominational level we work closely, along with other denominations, with the Methodist Church in Ireland. The annual conference of the Methodist Church will be meeting in Assembly Buildings. Pray for all members of the conference and especially, their General Secretary, Rev Dr Heather Morris. Ask that God would bless and guide their deliberations.

Ballina, Ballymote and Killala (Monaghan Presbytery)

Pray for these linked home mission congregations as they continue to meet to worship God. Pray that they will know God’s presence, blessing and leading during this time of vacancy.

Sunday 1st May

Moderator

Please pray for our farmers, who are facing unprecedented rises in their key inputs. Over the past year fertilizer has risen by some 300%, while fuel and feed have increased by c. 200%. The pig sector is suffering particularly at the moment, but all areas of the industry are being hit extremely hard.

Answering God’s invitation to worship

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1.Ask God to help us respond to his invitation to find joy in him as we express our praise in song today.


Monday 2 May

Edwin & Anne Kibathi (global mission workers in London)

Pray for Edwin and Anne as they continue to serve the East African expatriate community in the UK and minister at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa congregation in East London. Pray too for the fellowship groups who meet in Reading and Luton.

South Sudan

Prayfor peace in South Sudan, where there has recently been a surge of violence, including rapes, gang rapes, beheadings, burning civilians alive, and attacks on humanitarian aid workers.  Pray too for the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and its work to promote peace and its humanitarian aid work.


Tuesday 3 May

Eleanor Drysdale (deaconess in Wellington, Ballymena)

Pray for Eleanor as she continues to serve and for the congregation as they begin preparations for organisations resuming in September. Some will need both leaders and helpers. Pray for wisdom and guidance and that people will step up to serve God.

Belvoir (South Belfast)

Pray for Belvoir congregation as they currently explore a potential partnership with Saintfield Road Presbyterian, with the hope of revitalised worship and witness in the Belvoir estate.


Wednesday 4 May

Volker and JinHyeog Glissmann (global mission workers, Southern Africa)

Praise God for the way he has led Volker and JinHyeog over the last few years in their service in Malawi and Southern Africa. Pray especially for the continuation of developing grassroots training in Malawi.

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, including reaching out to help refugees from Ukraine.


Thursday 5 May

Tom Dowling (Irish mission worker, Kilkenny)

Pray for door-to-door visitation, that the Spirit of God will be at work in the lives of those Tom and others meet. Pray too for outreach Bible studies, taking place both in-person and online, and for the planning of a summer children’s club which will be held in a local community centre.

PCI Church Planting Conference

This Saturday, 7 May, PCI is holding a conference entitled, ‘A time to plant’. Pray that it will be a time of learning and inspiration to those who attend. Pray that more new churches will be planted in Ireland in the coming years, and that each will grow and flourish, for God’s glory.


Friday 6 May

Social Witness

Give thanks for the work and witness of Thompson House in its work with male offenders. Pray for safety for David Farrow, Director and the staff team; for wisdom, patience, love and understanding in dealing with residents and often difficult situations. Give thanks that four residents are taking part in and enjoying a Bible study. Pray that God will open their hearts and give them a desire for Jesus as their Saviour and a willingness to change their path in life.

NI Assembly election

As the election results become known today pray for those who have been elected to servein the NI Assembly, and especially those who will be entering Stormont for the first time, that their decision-making would be characterised by wisdom and compassion. Pray that those who have not been elected, or have lost their seats will quickly get over their disappointment and find new ways to serve their local community.


Saturday 7 May

General Council

Pray for the ongoing work of the Irish Council of Churches whose Executive Committee will be meeting during this incoming week. Remember especially the ICC’s President, Rev Andrew Forster, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe and give thanks for the work of Very Rev Dr Ivan Patterson who recently retired from that role.

Council for Training in Ministry

The annual conference for ministers who are five years post-ordination takes place next Tuesday-Thursday in Assembly Buildings. Pray for the ministers who will gather – for encouragement, fellowship, and for the equipping and enabling of God, that they would be ever-more effective in what the Lord has called them to do.

Sunday 13 March

Moderator

Give thanks for the work of the Task Groups appointed at the last General Assembly, looking at our response to the Covid pandemic. Pray that the learning gleaned in these years will be of long-term help to the church in the future.

Worship: Expecting God’s grace

As we worship today ask God to help us to know his forgiving and sustaining grace, pardoning our sins and providing for all our needs.


Monday 14 March

Ukraine

Pray for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the war. Pray for all directly affected – especially those grieving, the injured and the millions living in constant fear for themselves and / or their loved ones. Pray too for the large Christian community in Ukraine as they continue to worship God and pray for their country.

Edwin and Anne Kibathi (global mission workers in the UK)

Pray for the Presbyterian Church of East Africa congregations / fellowship groups in the UK and that more people will return to in-person services and meetings.


Tuesday 15 March

Philip Whelton (Irish Mission Worker in Arklow)

Give thanks that the weekly children and youth clubs are up and running again, and pray that they can continue to build on the relationships already established with the parents and children. Pray for the congregation’s plans for events around Easter week.

Great Victoria Street, Belfast

The congregation has entered into a licence agreement with Windsor to share their building. Pray as they start a journey into team ministry and look for ways to work together building God’s kingdom in south Belfast.


Wednesday 16 March

Ukraine

Pray for those who have fled Ukraine or have been displaced within the country. Pray they will find safety and receive the humanitarian and medical assistance they need, both now and in the months ahead. Pray for all trying to get aid to those in need including Christian Aid, Tearfund and Hungarian Reformed Church Aid.

Peter and Valerie Lockwood (global mission workers, Nepal)

Pray for Peter and Valerie as they continue to be involved in deputation speaking during their final home assignment.


Thursday 17 March

Rev Gary Aitcheson (prison chaplain)

Pray for Gary’s part-time work as a prison chaplain in Magilligan. Pray for guidance as he offers pastoral support and shares the gospel with people in prison.

Irvinestown, Pettigo and Tempo (Co Fermanagh)

Give thanks that the brothers and sisters in the three congregations are living in harmony with one another (Romans 12). Pray for quiet progress in personal assurance of salvation (2 Corinthians 13) and light bearing (Matthew 5) in north Fermanagh.


Friday 18 March

Social Witness

Pray for Cathy Mullin, the Taking Care administrator, as she deals with enquiries and liaises with congregational designated persons to discuss training and Access NI checks amongst other queries. Pray also for youth groups and organisations restarting as restrictions have eased, for the safety and well-being of the children and young people attending.

Domestic violence and abuse

Consultations on strategies to address domestic abuse and violence against women and girls close next week. Pray for all who are trapped in a cycle of domestic abuse, and pray that they will find the courage to seek help and protection for themselves and their children. Pray that our churches will be a safe place for those who are hurting, and can help provide appropriate support to victims.


Saturday 19 March

General Council

Pray for ministers of PCI who have retired, that they will find continuing opportunities to serve their Lord, but also for refreshment in their lives where the urgency of work may be less demanding.

Council for Training in Ministry

On Thursday 24 March, training for ministers in ‘Facilitating Difficult Conversations’ is scheduled to take place in First Omagh, led by the Conciliation Panel. Pray for the ministers and trainers involved, that this will further equip ministers as they lead and pastor in Christ’s Church.

Sunday 6 March

Moderator

Following on from the Moderator’s letter sent to all churches last Sunday, please continue to pray that the conflict in the Ukraine would not spread further, that those who have lost loved ones will be comforted, and those who find themselves without homes would be led to places of welcome and shelter. Pray for the Christian churches in Ukraine, for their endurance, protection and faithful witness in the face of this time of trial.

Worship: Expecting God’s presence

As we worship today ask God to help us to come expecting to meet with him and seeking his face.


Monday 7 March

Ukraine

Pray for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the war. Pray for a de-escalation of the tensions between countries. Pray for all affected, especially the grieving, the injured, and those whose homes have been destroyed. Pray for people sheltering in fear, those fighting for freedom and those protesting for peace.

Ukraine

Remember especially the large Christian community in Ukraine. Pray that they will know the Lord is with them in these difficult days and turn to him for their strength. Pray too that they will be a witness to others.


Tuesday 8 March

Forces chaplains

Pray for our forces chaplains as they provide pastoral care and support to members of the armed forces and lead services of worship and prayers.

Forces

Remember all who serve in the armed forces. Pray for their protection and safety, and that they will put their hope and trust in the Lord. Remember also their families from whom many are separated for long periods of time.


Wednesday 9 March

Refugees / Displaced

Pray for the millions of people around the world who are refugees or displaced. Pray especially for those who have recently fled due to the war in Ukraine. Pray they will find safety, shelter, water and food. Pray they will receive both emergency humanitarian aid and the longer term help they need.

Aid Agencies

Pray for aid agencies and governments trying to help refugees and displaced people, especially in Eastern Europe including for our partner church’s ‘Hungarian Reformed Church Aid’ as it seeks to provide humanitarian assistance to those fleeing Ukraine and to people still living in Ukraine.


Thursday 10 March

Healthcare chaplains

Pray for protection, strength, stamina and encouragement for hospital staff and PCI healthcare chaplains who have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic. For those in hospital, pray for healing, and pray for patients and their families to seek strength, comfort and peace in Christ.

Rural Chaplain

Pray for Kenny Hanna, PCI Rural Chaplain as he seeks opportunities to help farmers and families with mental health needs. Pray for the ‘Look After Yourself’ event at Markethill livestock market on 12 March.


Friday 11 March

Social Witness

Please pray for the Council’s Business and Finance Panel as it considers how best to use resources available for its work. Pray that the Panel will be blessed with wisdom in the decisions it makes, with courage to face the challenges ahead and with compassion for the many people who depend on this ministry.

Cost of living

Pray for those who are feeling pressure due to the rising cost of living. Give thanks for organisations like CAP, Storehouse and the Trussell Trust seeking to help people in times of need. Pray for politicians and decision makers as they try to find ways to mitigate the impact in the short and longer term.


Saturday 12 March

General Council

Pray for young people in schools whose educational pathways have been disrupted – especially for those facing significant examinations and/or assessments this year. Pray that they will know the peace of God in challenging times. Pray also for the work of all educators as they try to resume a normal curriculum and encourage all those for whom they are responsible.

Council for Training in Ministry

Pray for ministers from other churches who are in the process of transferring to become eligible for a call to a PCI congregation: Mariann Gilicze (Hungary); Tagle Aguiar (Cuba); Elsye McCroskery (Indonesia); Trevor Kane and Mark Haugh, both originally from Northern Ireland.

Sunday 13th February

Moderator

With the nomination by presbyteries of Rev John Kirkpatrick as Moderator Designate, pray for him as he prepares to take up office in June. Pray for the remaining months in office for David Bruce as he prepares to hand over.

Worship: Declaring God’s praise

‘But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.’1 Peter 2:9. Ask God for a spirit of praise among his people in worship today.


Monday 14 February

Afghanistan

Pray for the people of Afghanistan, especially those struggling to afford enough food and other basic necessities. Pray for those in need to get the emergency humanitarian assistance they require. Pray too for our partners Christian Aid Ireland and Tearfund as they seek to get aid to all those in need.

Persecuted Church

Pray for protection for the minority Christian communities in Afghanistan and in other countries, for protection and justice and that they will know the Lord is with them in difficult times.


Tuesday 15 February

Heidi England (deaconess in Railway Street, Lisburn)

Give thanks for the ladies who ‘meet’ fortnightly on Zoom to study God’s Word. Pray that our learning will ignite in us a passion for deeper worship and wholehearted service.

Douglas (Co Tyrone)

Give thanks for the Sunday School which is going well. Pray for the congregation as they plan to elect new elders in the coming months. Pray that members will be prayerful and wise as they vote.


Wednesday 16 February

Russia / Ukraine

Pray for the tensions between Russia and Ukraine to de-escalate, for an end to the unrest in eastern Ukraine and for peace. Pray for the Christian communities in both countries and in particular our partners: the St Petersburg Christian University and the Hungarian Reformed Church in Transcarpathia.

Diane Cusick (global mission worker, Zambia)

Pray for Diane and the CCAP Synod of Zambia leadership team as they work together seeking God’s help in how to push the early childhood programme forward.


Thursday 17 February

Rev Keith Hibbert (chaplain, Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry)

Pray for Keith as he continues to provide pastoral care to patients, families and hospital staff.

Drogheda (Co Meath)

As restrictions ease, pray for Rev Damien Burke, the congregation, the eldership team and the committee’s continued growth in the knowledge and love of Christ, and that they will make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead for sharing the gospel.


Friday 18 February

Social Witness

Willow Brook is a supporting housing scheme for people with a learning disability; while Topley Court supports those with a physical disability. Pray for Liz Wilson, the manager, as she ensures tenants are encouraged to live as independently as possible, with appropriate support from staff.

PCI Press Officer

Mark Smith is PCI’s Press Officer, supporting the work and mission of the church through media engagement and providing advice and support to colleagues, congregations and presbyteries. Pray for wisdom, grace and creativity; and that God would be glorified through his work.


Saturday 19 February

General Council

Pray for Governments in London, Belfast and Dublin. Give thanks for a process of selecting political leaders which gives ordinary people like us, a say. Pray for governance which will honour God and his word, in an era of many competing voices.

Council for Training in Ministry

The Linkage Commission meets on Tuesday 22 February. 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.

 

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

 

New Year Prayer

‘Almighty God, our Father in heaven,

We bow before You, confessing our sins and the sins of our people in this generation.

We ask that in Your righteous judgement of Your earth you will remember mercy.

For Jesus’ sake Who gave Himself as the perfect offering of atonement, in Jesus’ name Who intercedes for us at Your right hand, hear the prayers of Your people worldwide tonight.

Pierce and flood our darkness once more with Your powerful light, the beautiful light of Jesus, full of grace and truth.

Build Your kingdom again in this place and in every country and people, for the whole earth belongs to You.

Turn the hearts of people away from everything wicked and corrupt, from all pride and foolishness and the idols we make for ourselves.  Kindle in us a love like no other, a thankful devotion, a joy-filled love for You and for righteousness.

Revive Your Church to call on Your name in prayer and serve in all goodness and love.  Add to Your people more from every tribe and tongue, then come Lord Jesus in glory, bring evil to an end and make all things new.

We pray today for governments and leaders around the world, that You would instil in them conscience, integrity and courage to legislate what is good and right to benefit everyone.  We pray for citizens and populations delivered from greed to share all You provide with humility and compassion.

We pray for those with responsibility for policies concerning the environment and healthcare.  Give to them reverence for creation, for each and every life.  Grant them wisdom and discernment in putting in place systems to bring protection and healing.

We pray for ourselves in the coming year, that our minds will be open to constant renewal by the inspiration of Your Word and our hearts will be open like our Master’s to a world lost in confusion and pain.

‘Restore us O Lord God Almighty; make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.’ (Psalm 80)

In Jesus’ name we pray

Amen’