Let’s Pray: Sun 5 September – Sat 11 September 2021
Sunday 5 September
Moderator |In Sept a conference for ministers contemplating retirement will be held. Pray for ministers who are reaching this time of transition, & for the those who are commencing training for the ministry at Union College.
Regrouping and regathering for worship | Thank God for the way in which congregations have been able to regroup and regather for worship despite ongoing challenges. Pray for continued momentum as the summer draws to a close.
Monday 6 September
Volker and Jinhyeog Glissmann (global mission workers in Malawi) | Give thanks for the overwhelming response in a local church where 36 members signed up to take the “Knowing God” course. This is the highest number from one congregation ever to join the training.
Leaders-in Training | Pray for students from overseas partner churches whose studies are supported by PCI, that as many courses resume for the autumn season there will be little disruption from Covid-19 restrictions.
Tuesday 7 September
Michelle Purdy (deaconess in Ballyclare) |Give thanks that Michelle has been able to return to work part-time after surgery in April. Please pray for her as work life begins to return to normal. Pray for her role in the collective work of the local churches as they address the results of poverty, mental health issues and debt.
Dundalk |Pray for God’s blessing as the congregation continues to meet together for Sunday worship and for vision on how to open more church activities as the restrictions ease. Pray for all those who are suffering loss at this time, that they may know God’s strength, healing and peace.
Wednesday 8 September
Edwin and Anne Kibathi (mission to East Africans in the UK) | Thank God for the success of the recent Kenya and Friends In The Park event, pray that the spirit of God will continue ministering to those who were reached. Pray that more people will have the confidence to come back to church. Pray also for the Lord’s guidance for the future.
Nepal |Pray for Nepal as it continues to recover from a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Pray that the hospitals there would have adequate staffing and resources to meet the needs of the people.
Thursday 9 September
Dave Gray (chaplain in Derryvolgie, Q.U.B. & U.T.C.) | Praise God for the summer mission team in Aug, that many kids were blessed with Bible camp & 2 young men came to faith in Jesus. Pray for students at Derryvolgie & the wider campus; for health, friendships, community and for the new Assistant Chaplain, Lyndsey Watterson.
Drogheda | Pray for the members, that they will know God’s leading as they plan the autumn season, for growth in godliness and for opportunities to share the gospel with the local community.
Friday 10 September
Social Witness |Pray for Specialist Services as they work with individuals with addictions or discharged from prison – that they will invest in the programmes offered to them and respond appropriately. Give thanks for dedicated staff teams who dedicate themselves to this work.
Further and Higher Education | Pray for young people moving into higher or further education and especially for those who might be leaving home for the first time. Give thanks for Christian Unions and local churches who are preparing to welcome students and pray that they would have many opportunities to share the love of Jesus.
Saturday 11 September
General Council | Pray for the meeting of the Irish Inter Church Committee taking place next week and especially for Very Rev Dr Ivan Patterson in his role of Co-chair of the IICC and President of the Irish Council of Churches.
Training in Ministry | The Conciliation Service is holding training for ministers next Thursday entitled, ‘Facilitating Difficult Conversations.’ This is a new training course, hoping to give further training to ministers in chairing meetings, and in pastoral situations. Pray for those who will lead the course, and for the ministers who attend, that the Lord would equip them in this challenging area of their work.