PRAYER POINTS

Monday 3 June General Assembly will open to formally nominate, elect and install Rev William Henry of Maze Presbyterian Church as Moderator of the General Assembly for 2019/2020.

Give thanks for the opportunities Dr McMullan has had during his year to visit and encourage many of those involved in the varied and far-reaching work of the Church.  Pray for Rev William Henry as he takes up office and gives his opening address on the Monday evening.  May he know God’s Blessing during the year ahead.

MONDAY:    Opening Night – Pray for outgoing Moderator, Charles McMullan, as he concludes his year of office and hands over to William Henry – Moderator for 2019/2020. Pray for the new Moderator and his family, for strength, stamina, wisdom and grace for the year ahead.

TUESDAYGeneral Council – Pray for General Assembly as it considers the reports dealing with Decision Making and Dissent within the Church, human identity and issues round same sex attraction. Council for Global Mission – Give thanks for the work and witness of our church overseas. Pray that our church will nurture global disciples, sharing God’s heart for the world: declaring good news, demonstrating God’s love.

Linkage Commission – Amalgamations to be proposed: 1st and 2nd Killyleagh; May St with Fisherwick and Crumlin Rd with West Kirk.  Pray that much blessing will come from combining their people and resources.

WEDNESDAYCouncil for Public Affairs – Pray that our church would continue to work for the common good and pursue a peaceful and just society.  Council for Mission in Ireland – Give thanks and pray for the work and witness of our church in Ireland and especially for the planting of new Presbyterian congregations in the future.

General Council – Pray for its report on Church Relations (and in particular on theological engagement with representatives of the Roman Catholic Church around the issue of justification) and for important decisions relating to the future of the Guysmere Centre.  Council for Congregational Life and Witness – Pray for the convenor and secretary as they present their report.

THURSDAYCouncil for Training in Ministry – Pray God’s grace for all those involved in this council.   Council for Social Witness – Remember those dealing with recruitment in a difficult environment throughout the Health and Social Care sector and pray that people would develop in interest in and see the need for care in communities. General Council – Pray as it considers the report on vital topics such as United Appeal, charity legislation, GDPR and the important Support services provided in Assembly Buildings.

FRIDAYJudicial Commission – Inevitably these cases involve people who are hurting and disputes that are unresolved.  This work is both mentally and emotionally demanding. Pray that the Commission may always operate under the guidance and wisdom of the Spirit. General Council – Pray as it considers a range of ad hoc business being represented by the General Council.  This includes nominations to various bodies and how the business of the General Assembly is structured.  Trustees – Pray for the Trustees as they manage the General Investment Fund for the benefit of General Assembly councils, presbyteries, congregations and other agencies of the church.  Give thanks for those who act as Trustees of the Church and for their committed and faithful service.