Moderator | As our Ministers are encouraged to step back from pastoral duties this week, pray for their spiritual refreshment, through reading, resting & the Refresh Day Conference on 9 June. Pray for Ministers for whom this past year has been especially demanding. Pray for their encouragement, especially as they think, pray and plan for the incoming church year, especially with so much uncertainty.
Being a worshipping people | Ask God to help us to be a worshipping people, aware of his greatness, always ready to express our adoration, thanks, and praise.
Monday 7 June
Derek and Jane French (global mission workers in Spain) | Pray for Derek and Jane and their work with Bilbao International Church. Pray for Derek, who is back on a part-time basis, preaching this month and continuing with a sermon series on the gospel of John.
Malawi | Pray for the Student Christian Organisation of Malawi and Scripture Union Malawi as they spread the gospel to children and teenagers in Malawi and seek to disciple young Christians in their Christian faith.
Tuesday 8 June
Eleanor Drysdale (deaconess in Wellington, Ballymena) | Pray for wisdom as restrictions ease. As pastoral care opens up to face-to-face visits there will be challenges and opportunities. Pray for vision as organisations begin to think through how they will start again, and for leaders and helpers who are finding it daunting.
Sligo | Give thanks for those who have returned to church after lockdown and pray for those who are waiting to return. Pray for wisdom for Rev David Clarke and the kirk session as they make plans for future ministry.
Wednesday 9 June
Chris and Rachel Humphries (global mission workers in Portugal) | Pray for those in the church plant taking part in the ‘The Bible Course’ over the coming weeks. Pray that as people come to have a deeper understanding of Scripture, that they too would come to know the One who inspired it.
Zambia | Pray for the leadership of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Zambia as they continue to support their congregations during this time. Pray for the Zambian government as they seek vaccines.
Thursday 10 June
Sam Scott (community outreach worker, Eglinton, Belfast) | Pray for the congregation of Eglinton seeking to fulfil their mission safely & faithfully. Thank God for the leaders in the congregation & pray that they would be energised to face the new challenges in the weeks & months ahead. Pray they would see fruit for their labour.
Rathmullan (Co Donegal) | Pray for Rev Susan Moore, the kirk session and members of this home mission congregation as they seek opportunities to share God’s love with people in the local communities.
Friday 11 June
Social Witness |Pray for all who visit our Homes and Units, whether they be family or friends, ministers or other Health and Social Care Staff. Pray that they will feel welcome, even within the current restrictions. Pray for all professional staff who supported the Homes and Units during these challenging months.
Education |As a difficult and different school year comes to an end pray for teachers, principals and support staff as they begin to think about the new term in September. Pray for pupils transitioning into a new educational phase that they would have peace in the midst of uncertainty.
Saturday 12 June
General Council | Please pray for the meetings of the General Council being held as an in-person gathering in the Assembly Hall during this coming week. Pray for both those organising the logistics, ensuring that Health and Safety mitigations are in place, and those who will be taking part in discussion and decision making.
Council for Training in Ministry | The Council is due to meet next Wednesday 16 June at 2pm, for what will be its first full, in-person meeting for some time. Pray for the Council, and its convener, Rev Nigel McCullough, as it facilitates the work of Union College, training students for the ministry, Accredited Preachers, among other things.