Moderator | Ministers and kirk sessions across Ireland are praying about the life of the church as they adapt and adjust their plans for congregations in the light of changing and evolving legislation. They need the encouragement of the entire church as they seek God’s direction.
Worshipping with Easter in sight | Today as we worship with Easter in sight, ask God that he would help us to walk the path set before us in today’s difficult circumstances with the same faithful determination with which Jesus set himself to go to Jerusalem.
Monday 8 March
Diane Cusick (global mission worker in Zambia) | Pray for Diane as she continues to lead CCAP’s Zambia Synod Early Childhood Development work, mainly from her home in Lusaka. Pray for teachers and children who are back in school, that they will be able to manage the health and safety guidelines and for good teaching.
Myanmar | Pray for Myanmar following the recent military coup. Pray for peace, for a fair & just government for all the people of the country. Pray too for the leaders and members of the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar.
Tuesday 9 March
Rev John Gilkinson (chaplain, Belfast Nightingale Hospital) | Pray for John & all healthcare chaplaincy staff. Pray for all those ill in hospital, for a full & quick recovery and that patients who don’t have Covid-19 will be protected from it. Pray too for staff working in very challenging conditions and for families unable to visit.
Craigavon | Praise God for the encouraging Community Bible Experience held online in January & February. Pray that those who have been reading the New Testament for the first time would come to know Jesus.
Wednesday 10 March
Edwin & Anne Kibathi (global mission workers to East Africans in the UK) | Pray for Edwin and Anne as they offer pastoral care and support to people affected by Covid-19 and hold church services and meetings online.
South Sudan |The UN has recently reported that the scale of violence there is now worse than in the five-year civil war which ended in 2018. Pray for peace and for those suffering due to violence, displacement and food insecurity. Pray for the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan’s peace-building and humanitarian relief work.
Thursday 11 March
Rebecca Smyth (community outreach worker in West Kirk, Belfast) | Pray for Rebecca as she continues her work reaching out to and supporting women, whilst complying with all the ongoing restrictions.
Donegal & Stranorlar |In the past year they’ve been able to meet for public worship on only 15 Sundays – every other church activity has been even more limited. Thank God for the ability to meet online in various ways & pray for the sustaining of our faith, work and witness through very challenging times.
Friday 12 March
Social Witness | Pray for the Taking Care Office as it adjusts to new methods of working during the Covid-19. Pray for Jacqui Montgomery-Devlin as she oversees this important work and meets the daily challenges of her job. Give thanks that our church invests so much in the “Taking Care of All”.
Legislation | Pray that new legislation proposed by Paul Givan MLA that seeks to provide protection for pre-born babies diagnosed with a fetal abnormality would receive a fair hearing in the N.I. Assembly. Pray women and their families who receive a pre-natal diagnosis of disability would receive the support and care they need.
Saturday 13 March
General Council | Pray for the staff who work in the Financial Secretary’s Department, led by Clive Knox, who keep this essential aspect of the work of the General Assembly moving forward. Give thanks for those who, in these most challenging days of lockdown, are able to keep providing our payroll, pension & general payments.
Council for Training in Ministry | The Council convener is Rev Nigel McCullough, minister of Hill Street, Lurgan. Pray for Nigel as he ministers there, and devotes the time needed to the work of the Council. Pray that the Lord will give him energy and wisdom, and that he will be filled with, and led by, the Holy Spirit in all that he does.