Moderator |Give thanks for all our ministers and pray particularly for your minister today, that he or she would be encouraged as they lead worship in church this Sunday.
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 27 December
Steve and Rosie Kennedy (global mission workers in Romania) |Give thanks for increasing opportunities to connect with the international community through the girls’ school as well as through Facebook introductions. Pray for good attendance at the upcoming Cluj Christian Fellowship service on Sunday, 2 January.
Myanmar | Following the military coup early this year, pray for the people of Myanmar. Pray also for God to strengthen, protect and guide the leaders and members of the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar.
Tuesday 28 December
John McCandless (community outreach worker, Mountpottinger & McQuiston Memorial, Belfast) |Thank God for answered prayer in Mountpottinger men’s lunch group, and pray for those who have come to faith. Give thanks for a vision in McQuiston to open an internet cafe in their hall to help people, including asylum seekers.
Aughentaine (Co Tyrone) | Give thanks for continued good attendance and for the health and wellbeing of all members. Pray that the kirk session would know the leading of the Spirit in the days that lie ahead.
Wednesday 29 December
Stephen and Angelina Cowan (global mission workers in Kenya) | Praise God for increased attendance at the monthly seminars in Tuum and pray that the truth being taught will not only be understood but will impact everyday life. Pray for Stephen and Angelina as they continue to serve in this remote part of Kenya.
India | Pray for the ongoing work and witness of the Church of North India, especially the Diocese of Gujarat. Pray for too for the Covid-19 situation in India and the country’s healthcare system.
Thursday 30 December
Gary Aitcheson (prison chaplain in Magilligan) | Pray for Gary as he settles into his new role which he began in September and as he continues to get to know people. As prison chaplaincy work has been disrupted by the pandemic, pray especially that more prisoners will soon be able to gather together for church services.
Ballina, Ballymote & Killala (Monaghan Presbytery) |Pray for these linked home mission congregations as they continue to meet to worship God. Pray that they will know God’s presence, blessing and leading during this time of vacancy.
Friday 31 December
Social Witness |Christmas is a time for joy and families coming together, give thanks for time to rest & regroup for the coming year ahead. Pray also for those less fortunate who may spend the Christmas period alone. Pray that they may find peace in this season, remembering that they are never alone with Jesus.
Emergency Services | Give thanks for those who 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 1 January
General Council | The Councils of our Church continue the work of the General Assembly this year. Give thanks for the dedicated work of staff and volunteers.
Training in Ministry | Ministry students begin language intensives on Monday. These are full and demanding days of intensive Hebrew and Greek classes, where many students are stretched, but also realise the benefit for being able to understand and teach the Bible more effectively. Pray for stamina for students and staff, and for grace to see the long-term goal of effective Bible teaching for God’s people.