Moderator |Please pray for the Moderator and Rev Andy Galbraith, minister of the congregation of Fisherwick, Belfast and its Kirk Session and members, as they lead worship and give thanks for 200 years of witness and ministry on their site on the Malone Road, having moved from the present site of Assembly Buildings.
Worship: Praise and promise | “Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled.” Psalm 65:1. As we enter a new year in worship, pray that our hearts will be filled with praise to God and that we would offer our lives afresh in rededication to him.
Monday 1 January
Global Mission | Pray for brothers and sisters in Christ in Presbyterian congregations around the world, especially in countries such as Myanmar, Syria and Ukraine, that continue to endure conflict, death and destruction. Pray that in the face of much uncertainty, the hope of the Lord Jesus Christ would fill their hearts.
National Evangelical Synod of Syria & Lebanon (NESSL) |Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Presbyterian congregations spread throughout Syria and Lebanon, that they would know his loving care and provision, and take every opportunity to witness to the gospel despite facing many challenges.
Tuesday 2 January
Tracey Nicholl, deaconess, St James’, Ballymoney | Pray that Tracey would be led by the Lord in all aspects of her ministry and witness in the congregation. Pray for the congregation as they reach out to their local community, that people will sense the love of Christ.
Dundalk| Praise God for a great community carol service at the start of December. Pray that throughout this year they would be a fruitful congregation and God would add to their numbers.
Wednesday 3 January
Diane Cusick, global mission worker, Zambia | Give thanks for the teachers’ workshop in December, especially for the teachers prepared to travel from as far as Chipata in Eastern Zambia. Pray that the workshop will help them to plan well for the new school year. Pray for Diane’s continued good health, that she will be able to pace herself.
Presbyterian Church in Brazil (IPB – Brazil) | Pray for Rev Roberto Brasileiro Silva, President, and Rev Juarez Marcondes Filho, Executive Secretary, that they would be granted vision, wisdom and encouragement as they provide leadership to the Presbyterian Church of Brazil at the outset of 2024.
Thursday 4 January
Ben Day, community outreach worker, Kilbride |Pray for those who volunteer in various aspects of the Church, for vision continually set on Christ and against burn out. Pray for the Holy Spirit to move within the hearts of those in the community.
Donegal & Stranorlar | Pray for the congregations as they continue to witness to their local communities in this time of vacancy and that through conversation people would come to know the Lord Jesus Christ.
Friday 5 January
Mental health | The New Year is often not a happy time for everyone, especially those with mental health problems; individuals who are unable to cope with the daily routines, who withdraw from all social interaction with family and friends. Give thanks for volunteers as they staff helplines at this demanding time of year, and help others talk through their issues.
The New Year | As we begin this New Year, let’s pray for our politicians, and for restoration of the Assembly. Pray for the politicians in the Oireachtas, give thanks for their work and service over the past year. Let’s commit 2024 to the Lord and ask for his guidance and wisdom as we continue to engage in Public Affairs.
Saturday 6 January
General Council | Pray for the ongoing work of the Support Services department in Assembly Buildings whose job it is to be a resource to the General Assembly and its Councils. Remember especially the work of the IT Department led by Steve McMurray in the increasingly complex world in which they operate.
Training in Ministry | At the start of a new year, many people take stock and consider how the Lord may be leading them. Pray that the Lord would prompt the people of his choice to explore a call to ministry of word and sacrament. Pray for Prof Dave Leach, as he meets with enquirers and seeks to advise them on how to explore a call to ministry.