Sunday 24 December

  • Moderator | Meditate on the angel’s words to Mary in Luke 1:30-33 “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Thank God for the greatness and glory of his Son and the birth of our Saviour.
  • Worship as celebration this Christmas | “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.” Luke 2:14. Pray that our worship today might be filled with the glory, peace and joy of Christ’s presence.

Monday 25 December

  • PCI global mission workers | Pray that PCI’s 21 global mission workers serving in eight countries, many of whom will be far from family and friends this Christmas time, would know the Lord’s protection and peace, and much encouragement as they prepare for the New Year ahead.  
  • Israel & the Palestinian Territories| On this day as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, pray that he would intervene with grace and mercy in the lands where he once walked, to bring an end to conflict, and provide comfort, medical care, humanitarian relief and the hope of the gospel to all in need.

Tuesday 26 December

  • Hazel Reid, deaconess, First Broughshane and Causeway Hospital | Pray that Hazel will know God’s strength and help in both her deaconess and chaplaincy roles. Especially remember the many suffering and at end of life at this time, pray that they would know the reality of Immanuel – God with us. 
  • Drogheda | Give thanks for the many opportunities that the Christmas season provided to make Jesus known as Emmanuel through the toddler group, youth club and the congregation’s Christmas carol service that took place on Sunday 17 December.

Wednesday 27 December

  • St Petersburg Christian University, Russia | Thank God for the students who attended the Masters course in systematic theology. Pray for them as they continue their ministries in different parts of the country. Pray for the students undertaking their final assignments and preparing for exams.
  • Baltic Reformed Theological Seminary (BRTS), Latvia | Pray for the work of BRTS, especially Rev Alvis Sauka, President, and Artis Celmins, Director, as they develop the work of the Seminary. Remember especially the recently established extension project in Jekabpils in central Latvia.

Thursday 28 December

  • Phoebe Nugent, youth and community worker, Ebrington and Carlisle Road | Give thanks for all of the opportunities and doors that have opened in local schools and in the local homeless shelters since September. Pray that Phoebe and the team would continue to press into those opportunities with boldness.
  • Donabate | Pray for their part-time youth worker, Ben, who began working with them in October. Ben has been with Donabate since the church started in 2010. Give thanks for his faith in Jesus and his passion to see young people become Christians and grow as disciples.  Please pray that God would use the congregation’s connections with the community through the Christmas season for his glory and the growth of his Kingdom.

Friday 29 December

  • Social Witness | Christmas is a time of joy and families coming together; give thanks for time to rest and regroup for the year ahead. Pray also for those less fortunate who may spend the Christmas period alone. Pray that they will find peace in a season that is joyful for so many and remember that they are never alone with Jesus.
  • Emergency Services | Give thanks for those that work in the emergency services, especially at this time of year when many are enjoying a break. Pray that in the midst of many pressures that God would grant them safety as they work, and equip them with the strength and stamina that they need.

Saturday 30 December

  • General Council | As we move towards the end of this year and the beginning of another – give thanks to God for his faithfulness and for answered prayer over these last 12 months. Ask him to help all of us to continue to be a praying people in the year that lies ahead.
  • Training in Ministry | Pray for staff and students at Union as they return from the Christmas break and begin a new semester of study. May they be encouraged in the Lord to press on in the strength that he gives them, whether they are working, studying, or training for service as ministers or deaconesses. May he enable them to do all for his glory.