Moderator |Covid infection remains a serious problem in all societies, especially as a result of new variants. Pray for those seeking to develop vaccines and therapies to help reduce the impact of this virus, and for people, especially in the poorest countries in the world, where healthcare facilities are limited.
Worship: Praise and promise | ‘Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled.’ Psalm 65:1. As we enter a new year in worship, pray that our hearts will be filled with praise to God and that we would offer our lives afresh in rededication to him.
Monday 3 January
James and Heather Cochrane (global mission workers in Portugal) | Pray that small group ministry of the Comundiade Pedras Vivas church plant will recommence this month as planned. The groups are due to study Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Give thanks for the possibility of receiving new members in early 2022.
Portugal | Pray for the Christian Presbyterian Church of Portugal. Pray for this small denomination to grow and flourish, and that through it, the Holy Spirit will bring many people to faith in Christ.
Tuesday 4 January
Cheryl Meban (chaplain, Ulster University, Belfast and Jordanstown) |Pray for students sitting exams this month. Pray for Cheryl as she continues to provide pastoral support to students and staff.
Ballyhobridge, Clones, Newbliss & Stonebridge (Monaghan Presbytery) | Pray for Rev John Hanson, the kirk sessions and members of these four linked home mission congregations, as they seek opportunities to share their faith in the year ahead and encourage others to commit their lives to the Lord.
Wednesday 5 January
Volker & JinHyeog Glissmann (global mission workers in southern Africa) | Give thanks that it is easier for Volker to attend international conferences on theological education, as they are now conducted online. Remember Volker as he continues to work with the Theological Education by Extension College in Johannesburg.
Malawi |Pray for the Covid-19 situation in Malawi and for the work and witness of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, especially for its hospitals and healthcare clinics during the pandemic.
Thursday 6 January
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.
Ballymagrane (Co Tyrone) | Praise God, many of the activities are running again and attendance has mostly returned to pre-Covid levels. Pray for God’s guidance as they endeavour to expand on their outreach programme.
Friday 7 January
Social Witness |Pray for Jacqui Montgomery-Devlin, PCI’s Head of Safeguarding, as she focuses on child safeguarding within the church & adult safeguarding within PCI homes. Pray for the calendar of safeguarding training that will be delivered throughout 2022 to designated persons, ministers, volunteers & care home staff.
Public Affairs | Karen Jardine is PCI’s Public Affairs Officer assisting the Council for Public Affairs in developing the church’s thinking on issues of public policy as well as co-ordinating groups that sit under the Council. Pray that God would give Karen wisdom, guidance and peace as she deals with complex issues in the Public Square.
Saturday 8 January
General Council | At the start of this new year, pray for all those in leadership in our congregations. Pray for ministers, elders and other leaders as they continue to discern the priorities for their congregation’s life and witness. Pray also for the Moderators and Clerks of our 19 presbyteries and for the Moderator and Clerk of the General Assembly as they also seek to serve and give leadership in their various roles within PCI.
Training in Ministry | Ministry students returned to study at Union this week. Pray for the students as they get back into the routine of study, and especially for the final year students as they begin their last semester of full-time college study. Ask God to strengthen the students and equip them for future service.