Sunday 10 July

  • Moderator | In relation to the National Day of Commemoration, as it stirs thoughts of bereavements, some recent and some distant – please pause and remember with thanks someone who has been a blessing to you. Also, remember someone you may know who is experiencing bereavement just now and ask the Lord to show you what practically you might do to act on these prayers.
  • Resting in God in worship | Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28. Give thanks for Christ’s invitation to find rest in him & ask for his peace to settle on your heart as you worship today.

Monday 11 July

  • Csaba & Ilona Veres (global mission workers, Romania) | Pray for the Cluj Christian Fellowship Bible day-camp (25 to 29 July), reaching out to local and international children and teenagers. Pray too for the work team coming in August from Germany to complete renovations at the Reformed Church’s campsite at Algyogy.
  • Faculté Jean Calvin, France | Pray for the students at the College in Aix-en-Provence who are graduating this summer. Pray for wisdom and guidance as they prepare to take on full-time roles in ministry and mission.

Tuesday 12 July

  • Ivan Neish (Chaplain – Antrim Area Hospital) | Pray that God may give Ivan the right words to say in every conversation and meeting he has with patients, families and staff at the hospital.
  • Cootehill, Drum and Kilmount (Co Cavan) | Pray for Discovery Club (holiday Bible club) at the beginning of August, for the leaders involved in planning and for the teaching of God’s Word to the children. Pray too for the “Intents camp” organised by people from a number of different churches, running for the first time since 2019.

Wednesday 13 July

  • Naomi Leremore (global mission worker, Kenya) | Give thanks for the opportunity Naomi and her sons are having this summer for rest and reconnection in N Ireland. Pray for peace and calm in Kenya in the run up to elections which are due to take place on 9 August and pray for a peaceful handing over of key political positions.
  • Zambia | Pray for wisdom and guidance for the leadership team of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Zambia. Pray too for Diane Cusick, who is the Synod’s Early Childhood Development Co-ordinator as she continues to recover from illness in hospital in Belfast.

Thursday 14 July

  • Tracey Nicholl (deaconess, St James’ Ballymoney) | The congregation will be holding two ‘School Uniform Days’ in August to give out items of school uniform to those who need them. Pray for these two days as they reach out to the local community for Christ and that relationships that have been built up will be strengthened.
  • Donabate (Co Dublin) | Give thanks and pray for new families who have started coming along to church services recently. Pray for the discipleship of new believers. Pray too for the congregation as they seek larger premises in which to meet, and for wisdom in using their resources as they reach out to their local area.

Friday 15 July

  • Mental health | None of us knows when we or those around us will suffer from poor mental health. Pray that there will be adequate funding for our Health Trusts to provide services in the community. Pray that God will be close to those suffering from depression & other mental health problems. Grant patience & wisdom to their families/carers. 
  • Looked after children & young people | Pray for children & young people who find themselves in residential care, often as the result of adverse childhood experiences. Pray that they would be able to receive the right professional and personal support to help them flourish and thrive.

Saturday 16 July

  • General Council | Pray for the panel finalising the draft of the new code, which will be produced over the summer period and going to presbyteries for discussion during the autumn. Remember especially the convener, Rev Dr Donald Watts and the General Assembly solicitor, Mr Stephen Gowdy.
  • Training in Ministry | Union College Lecturers. The summer period provides opportunity for lecturers to rest and be refreshed for next year’s teaching, and also to spend time in research and planning. Pray for lecturers, that the Lord will use this time to benefit them and make them more effective in the role he has called them to.