Sunday 27 November

  • Moderator | Pray for the Moderator as he attends two services today, Killyleagh (400th anniversary) and Spa (150 th anniversary). Give thanks for the faithful witness of these two congregations over many generations and pray for their continued growth and encouragement in the future.
  • Worship that encourages | But you LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3. Ask that God would encourage and lift our heads as we experience his presence and renew our confidence in his power as we worship today.

Monday 28 November

  • Faculté Jean Calvin, France | Pray for Rev Prof Gordon Campbell and his wife Sandra as they visit FJC from 27 November – 5 December, especially for stamina as Gordon engages in intensive teaching on the Book of Revelation.
  • The Evangelical Christian Church of Timor, Indonesia (GMIT) | Pray for ongoing repair work and the resumption of broadcasting by GMIT’s Saira Kash Radio Station that had been damaged by Cyclone Seroja in 2021.

Tuesday 29 November

  • Phoebe Nugent (community outreach worker in Carlisle Road and Ebrington) | Pray for relationships to be built with the local women’s shelter and that they would know God’s love through the planned Christmas carols and afternoon tea event in December. Pray that God’s hand would be seen through the engagement with local schools.
  • Carrigart and Dunfanaghy | Pray for the Kirk Session in Dunfanaghy as they seek to encourage members of the congregation during the vacancy and welcome reduced numbers of visitors during the winter months. Pray for the work of the Bewglas Centre in Carrigart and plans being made for outreach into the community.

Wednesday 30 November

  • Diane Cusick (global mission worker, Zambia) | Pray that Diane would continue to gain strength in preparation for further surgery and for a date for the surgery to take place. Remember also the teachers on the Early Childhood Development Programme as they plan and prepare activities for the children.
  • The National Evangelical Synod of Syria & Lebanon (NESSL) | Pray that the life and witness of NESSL will be a source of hope amidst the exceptional challenges being faced in Syria and Lebanon at this time.

Thursday 1 December

  • Josh McCance (community outreach worker in Balbriggan) | Give thanks for the growing church community in Balbriggan and for the desire among many in the church to be part of the two home groups. Please pray for the church as they aim to develop leaders and also for the newer people in the church to feel part of the family.
  • Corboy & Mullingar | Pray for the congregations as they seek the Lord’s direction along with Presbytery regarding new possibilities of ministry in the coming months. Give thanks that after many years without local elders, an election of elders is taking place in Corboy. Pray that God will be glorified throughout the election process.

Friday 2 December

  • Christmas Cracker | In the run up to Christmas there are a lot of extra activities and for families who care for a loved one with a learning disability, fulfilling such activities can be difficult. ‘Christmas Cracker’ – a respite scheme for adults with learning difficulties within some of our congregations, gives carers much needed additional time. Give thanks for this initiative and the volunteers who help run it. Pray that families will benefit from having free time for themselves.
  • Baby Loss | Pray for women and their families who grieve as a result of pregnancy or baby loss, and who may find the run up to Christmas especially difficult. Give thanks for organisations which support, and pray too that local congregations would find ways to sensitively care for those who are affected.

Saturday 3 December

  • General Council | Pray for all congregations as they prepare for Advent and for all ministers and ministerial teams in the busyness of this time of year with many different events and services planned for this special season. Pray that amidst all the activity there would be time and space to reflect on the significance of Christmas.
  • Training in Ministry | The Pastoral Care for Ministers and their Families Panel meets on Wednesday 7 December. Pray for the Panel and its convener, Rev Niall Lockhart, that they will know God’s guidance as they seek to support ministers, their families and the presbyteries that care for them.