Sunday 17 December

  • Moderator | The Moderator will spend time with his family this week. Pray for rest and spiritual encouragement in preparation for the second half of the year as Moderator.
  • Worship as witness this Christmas | “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” Luke 2:17-18. Pray that our Christmas worship will be a means of spreading the word as a witness to those who only attend at this time of year.

Monday 18 December

  • Naomi Keefe, global mission worker, Brazil | Pray for the various evangelistic events in the communities of Peixinhos and Beberibe planned for the month of December.  Pray for opportunities for the members of both congregations to share the good news of Jesus over this season.
  • The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Blantyre Synod, Malawi | Pray for Rev Anderson Juma, who was appointed in August of this year as General Secretary of Blantyre Synod, that he may be granted wisdom and strength to undertake this role.

Tuesday 19 December

  • Henry Coulter, assistant leader, International Meeting Point | Pray for Wednesday’s Bible study, with Farsi translation, which has been looking at the Christmas story over the last few weeks.  Pray that the message speaks into hearts and also brings encouragement as many of the asylum seekers and refugees miss family at this time of year.  
  • Corboy and Mullingar | Please pray for the upcoming vacancy. Pray for the conveners of the vacancy, the elders and members of both congregations as they seek the Lord’s will for the future of this charge.

Wednesday 20 December

  • Gary and Mary Reid, global mission workers, Kenya | Pray for the four church families within Olkinyei who will be distributing God’s Word in the community. Pray that through the Scriptures and the prayers of God’s people, many would come to know and love Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
  • Christian Church of Sumba (GKS), Indonesia | Pray for General Chairperson of the Executive Board of Synod, Rev Marlin Lomi and General Secretary Rev Jacob Malo Bili, that they would know God’s guidance and encouragement as they serve him in these leadership roles.

Thursday 21 December

  • Ben Cavan, community outreach worker, Ballycrochan | Please pray for more leaders to be identified to run the drop-in so that it can continue. Pray that the relationships Ben has built could go deeper and for opportunities to sprinkle salt and light into all his conversations.
  • Drum, Cootehill & Kilmount | Pray for the opportunities the Christmas season gives to share the good news of Jesus, including at the forthcoming community carol service. Looking forward, pray for the youth leaders as they plan a special youth weekend for February 2024.

Friday 22 December

  • Carlisle House | Pray for the specialist ministry of Carlisle House Substance Misuse Treatment Centre. Give thanks for the commitment of the staff and for the professional skills they bring to this work. Pray for the many service users and residents who have been persistent after completing their course and stayed free of their addictions. 
  • Loneliness | Pray for those of any age who feel isolated & lonely, especially during the Christmas holidays when normal activities are paused. Pray for opportunities to look out for neighbours & friends, and to share the love and hope of Jesus.

Saturday 23 December

  • General Council | Pray for ministers and other staff in our congregations that in the midst of the busyness for Christmas they too might experience quality time with their families as, together, they celebrate the good news of the season. Pray also for those who work centrally for PCI in Assembly Buildings, UTC and the many projects that they may have time over Christmas to relax with family and friends.
  • Training in Ministry | In Ephesians 3:8, the riches of Christ are described as “unsearchable”, “incomprehensible”, “incalculable”, “immeasurable”, “boundless” in English versions. So many different words are used by translators because it’s impossible to describe the immensity and wonder of the riches of Christ. God has become man, Jesus Christ, the One who blesses his believing people with such riches. Praise him!