Moderator | As the Holocaust Memorial Day approaches (27 January) we pray against ideologies that would demean the created dignity of all people made in the image of God, and for whom he sent his Son as redeemer.
Hope in worship | Today as we worship, ask God to help us know hope in him, helping us to find fresh strength for the week ahead.
Monday 25 January
Peter & Jayne Fleming (global mission workers, Nepal) | Pray for them as they keep in contact with Nepali colleagues online, despite time differences. UMN and KISC face many challenges including working effectively, keeping staff, maintaining finance, working with government officials, & keeping people safe.
Middle East | Pray for National Evangelical Synod of Syria & Lebanon as it continues to reach out in many practical ways to people, including to the internally-displaced & refugees, all more difficult due to Covid-19.
Tuesday 26 January
Eleanor Drysdale (deaconess in Wellington, Ballymena) | Pray for the mental health of all involved in pastoral care during this time of lockdown as more people than before are now being impacted by Covid-19, directly or indirectly. Give thanks for the strength God gives us and that his mercies are new every morning.
Ballina, Ballymote and Killala Presbyterian Churches | Pray for these home mission congregations, for wisdom and strength for the minister Rev Molly Deatherage and the kirk sessions during the pandemic.
Wednesday 27 January
Csaba & Ilona Veres (global mission workers, Romania) | Give thanks for the partners who provided laptops for Roma children to access online education. Pray for the Diakonia staff who have an increased workload providing online schooling for marginalised children. Pray for open hearts to the gospel.
Myanmar | Pray for the people of Myanmar suffering due to the pandemic. Pray for the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar and Tahan Theological College which is starting its second semester of online learning.
Thursday 28 January
Tom Dowling (Irish mission worker, Kilkenny) |Pray for the online Bible studies, giving thanks for new people attending them. Pray for salvation. Give thanks that despite lockdown, God’s Word is not chained.
Donabate Presbyterian Church | Give thanks that God has sustained the church families in Donabate and Balbriggan and that online services have allowed them to continue to connect as a church family. Pray for home groups as they restart online. Pray for ways to reach and engage with teenagers during lockdown.
Friday 29 January
Social Witness | Pray for all who are experiencing abuse in their lives – for children, young people, men and women; that they may find courage to seek out help. Give thanks for all those individuals and organisations who work tirelessly with survivors of abuse – following God’s command to love one another.
Human dignity |Pray for Rev John Mullan and the members of a new Council for Public Affairs Panel on Human Dignity, that they would have the discernment and wisdom necessary to articulate the views of PCI on complex issues in the public square.
Saturday 30 January
General Council | Pray for the General Assembly Standing Commission which meets on 11 February and for the planning and preparation towards it, including the meetings which will endeavour to provide an overview of the financial position in relation to the United Appeal.
Training in Ministry | Karen Henderson and Alan McCormick have recently begun working in Union as Head of Academic Administration and Head of Operations respectively. Give thanks that they are so suited to these posts and pray that they will contribute greatly to the effective operating of the College.