Moderator |Give thanks that the Moderator is once again able to resume some of the usual activities and visits in this, the last phase of his year in office. Pray for the Sunday morning service at Windsor which will be taken by the Moderator – the final one before the congregation at Windsor re-locates. Pray also for the Ards Presbytery Day of Prayer – culminating in a Presbytery wide service at Hamilton Road, Presbyterian Church, Bangor.
Worship: Duty and joy | ‘Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.’ Psalm 95:1. As we worship today ask God to help us to do so as joyful duty, with hearts that want to declare him worthy of our praise.
Monday 31 January
Myanmar | Pray for the people of Myanmar one year on from the 2021 military coup. Pray for a just and fair government which will seek to support everyone living in Myanmar. Pray for the leaders and members of the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar, may they be assured that God is with them and be strengthened in their faith.
Afghanistan | Pray for the people of Afghanistan, especially those struggling to afford enough food and other basic necessities. Pray for our partners Christian Aid Ireland and Tearfund as they seek to get aid to those in need.
Tuesday 1 February
Tracey Nicholl (deaconess, St James’, Ballymoney) | Pray that Tracey would be led by the Lord Jesus in all aspects of her ministry and witness in the congregation. Pray for the ‘Living Hope Community’ as members of the congregation reach out to their local community. Pray that people will sense the love of Christ.
Carrigart & Dunfanaghy (Co Donegal) | Pray for these linked congregations which are vacant at present. Pray for the kirk sessions and members as they seek God’s guidance. Pray too for Rev Brian Brown, vacancy convener.
Wednesday 2 February
Chris & Rachel Humphries (global mission workers, Portugal) |Give thanks for a time of rest and refreshment whilst they are on a short home assignment and pray for them as they prepare to return to Portugal at the end of February. Remember the ongoing work and witness of the Comunidade Pedras Vivas church plant in Porto.
Peter and Jayne Fleming (global mission workers, Nepal) | Pray for Peter and Jayne to know God’s blessing and encouragement in their work with United Mission to Nepal and Kathmandu International Study Centre.
Thursday 3 February
Graeme Orr (chaplain, Ulster University – Magee) | Give thanks for all the Lord has been doing recently through the chaplaincy in Magee campus. Pray for Christian students to deepen their faith in the Lord and that they will take opportunities to talk about God’s love and their personal faith with their fellow students.
Cootehill, Drum & Kilmount (Co Cavan) | Pray for the life and witness of these three home mission congregations and for Rev Daryl Edwards, the kirk sessions and members of the congregations.
Friday 4 February
Social Witness |Pray for those within our congregations, homes, units and staff who are suffering the effects of long covid. The effects are wide ranging, with many having to live a very different life – pray for those struggling to come to terms with this. Pray too for those conducting research into long covid and its side effects.
Direct Provision | Pray that those seeking asylum in Ireland who find themselves in Direct Provision accommodation would be able to receive suitable support and timely decisions. Pray that government plans to change this system would result in improved pathways for those seeking asylum in Ireland.
Saturday 5 February
General Council | Pray for the Moderator David Bruce & his wife, Zoe, as they continue to serve the church for the remainder of David’s term of office, and for David’s successor to be chosen by Presbyteries on 1 February.
Training in Ministry | Pray for Heather Healy and Cathy Smith, the two student deaconesses, as they continue the first year of their training. Along with classes in Union, they are serving in congregational placements in Wellington, Ballymena, and Whiteabbey respectively.