On Beside The Burn this week, “God Saves Those Who Trust In Him” we come to Daniel 6 as he is rescued from the Lion’s Den a short devotional video, bible reading and prayer to encourage us this week.
Below are a few highlights from Sunday
First the prayer update from Alister & Sarah Torrens.
Let’s Pray For Moderator
The Moderator embarks on a Presbytery tour of Iveagh starting Sunday 27 February. This will involve visiting several schools, some external organisations and an opportunity to provide pastoral care for those in Presbytery. Pray that it will be a fruitful and encouraging time.
Worship: Delighted in the wisdom of God’s truth
‘Your statutes are my delight; they are my counsellors.’ Psalm 119:24.
Ask God that his people would find delight in the wisdom of God’s truth for their lives in worship today.
James and Heather Cochrane (global mission workers, Portugal)
Give thanks that the five small groups have started and feedback has been good. Pray that all who participate will grow spiritually. Pray for the people interested in becoming members of the church and for the four-week membership course running in March.
Pray for peace in Ukraine and a de-escalation of the political tensions between countries. Remember especially the Christian community in Ukraine, pray that they will know the Lord is with them in these difficult days.
“Reading Between The Lines” a series working through the bible looking at the well known phrases.
Christians want to stay and share the Gospel in Ukraine (10 minute audio)
Boris Johnson says he is committed to providing more support to Ukraine as Russian troops march on the capital Kyiv from the north, east and south. In the last hour, the Prime Minister has spoken with President Zelenskyy, and praised the bravery of Ukrainian people after Russia announced its military operation in the country yesterday. The UN estimates around a hundred thousand people have been displaced and are trying to flee the country. Vicky Gibbens from UCB News has been speaking to Derek Maxwell from the Slavic Gospel Association UK. He says their colleagues in the West of the country have been making plans to respond to the humanitarian need and to keep sharing God’s hope.
An Excerpt From The Moderator’s Letter This Week
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia on 24th February 2022
You will all have been both saddened and shocked at news of the dreadful events in Ukraine as they have unfolded in recent days. The western world has united in condemnation of the actions of Russia’s President Putin, in launching a military invasion of his western neighbour. None of us can know where this will end, but it seems certain that there will be great loss of life and suffering for both soldiers and those citizens of Ukraine caught up in this campaign.
I have many friends in both Russia and Ukraine, and messages from them in recent days have expressed their horror, fear and distress at what has happened. One wrote to me saying, “Please ask our Presbyterian brothers and sisters in Christ in Ireland to pray for us. That is our greatest need – to know that you are praying for us.” Another shared news of missiles and explosions near his family home in Kiev.
It is clear that many people are choosing to leave their homes, and indeed the country, thus creating a fresh movement of refugees. Many will seek to move further west, perhaps eventually coming to these islands.
Can I therefore ask you to consider leading your congregation in prayer this Sunday, asking God that the conflict would not spread further, that those who have lost loved ones will be comforted, and those who find themselves without homes would be led to places of welcome and shelter. Pray for the Christian Churches in Ukraine, for their endurance, protection and faithful witness in face of this time of trial. Pray especially that a way might be found to bring a peaceful end to this needless war.
READ MORE HERE https://www.presbyterianireland.org/News/February-2022/The-invasion-of-Ukraine-by-Russia.aspx
Some helpful suggestions for prayer.
10 Passages to Read in the Face of Global Conflict
Psalm 46:1 tells us that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Read these passages for comfort and to help guide prayer during times of worldwide strife, conflict, and war.
READ THE PASSAGES HERE
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