A devotional video each day, this week exploring Revelation Chapters 2 & 3.
Sunday 25 September 2022 – Saturday 1 October 2022
Two downloadable resources are also available to go with this Let's Pray email: A PDF and Word document version of the prayer diary. These files are available for download here:
• A4 Let's Pray PDF (pdf)
• A4 Let's Pray WORD (docx)
You can also download these resources from PCI's website – click here to visit the Let's Pray page.
Sunday 25 September
Pray for the Moderator, Rt Rev Dr John Kirkpatrick, as he takes time to prepare for his first PresbyteryTour to the Dromore Presbytery starting on 2nd October. Pray for God’s guidance as he prepares sermons and addresses for a wide range of contexts during the forthcoming week.
Knowing the blessings of God in worship
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout
all generations, for ever and ever! Ephesians 3:20-21.
Ask that as you worship today you may know the blessing of God’s ability to constantly exceed our expectations of him.
Monday 26 September
Chris and Rachel Humphries (global mission workers, Portugal)
Pray for Chris and Rachel who returned to Northern Ireland in August on final home assignment. Give thanks for their service in the church plant in Senhora da Hora and pray for them as they settle back in Northern Ireland and look to the future.
Scripture Union Malawi (SUM) is celebrating its 50thanniversary this month. Give thanks for all the work of SUM staff and volunteers over the past 50 years. Pray that through SUM many more children and young people in Malawi will be challenged to commit their lives to following Jesus.
Tuesday 27 September
Sonya Anderson (deaconess, Shore Street, Donaghadee)
Pray for ‘Coffee With Kids’ (carer and toddler group) - that it will provide new connections with young families in the area. Pray for all the leaders of organisations in the congregation, that they will be empowered and equipped by the Holy Spirit as they lead.
The congregation is celebrating its 200th anniversary on Saturday 8 October. Give thanks for all the work and witness of leaders and members of the congregation over the past 200 years, and pray for God’s blessing as they continue to worship and serve the Lord.
Wednesday 28 September
Peter and Jayne Fleming (global mission workers, Nepal)
Pray for Peter and Jayne who are starting their final home assignment as they settle in to life and work here. Pray too for them as they undertake deputation until the end of November.
Faculté Jean Calvin, France
Pray for students at the College in Aix-en-Provence at the beginning of this new academic year and that they will be well-equipped for full time roles in ministry and mission.
Thursday 29 September
Norman Harrison (healthcare chaplain)
Pray for wisdom and guidance for Norman in his role as PCI chaplain at the Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast and as lead chaplain in the Northern Trust.
Give thanks to God for how he is blessing the congregation and for the encouragement this brings. Ask the Lord to provide godly leadership as the congregation hold a committee election this autumn and an eldership election early in 2023.
Friday 30 September
Give thanks for the work and witness of Thompson House – PCI’s supported housing scheme for offenders. Pray for David Farrow, the Director, and the staff team as they get alongside residents and show them the love of Christ. Give thanks for the Bible study that takes place among residents and led by staff members.
Give thanks for the many people who work in the Civil Service of Ireland, and the NI Civil Service. Pray for them as they seek to deliver services to the public and develop policies, that they would be wise, diligent and good stewards in their areas of responsibility.
Saturday 1 October
Pray for the meeting of the Support Services Committee being held next week. Pray for Mr David Thomson (Convener) and the Clerk (Secretary) along with Mr Clive Knox (Financial Secretary) as they prepare for this important meeting.
Training in Ministry
Union College’s Bible for All series starts on Thursday 29 September at 7.30pm. This runs for four consecutive Thursdays, and begins with Marty Cowan speaking on ‘How we got our Bible.’ Pray that this will be an encouragement and blessing to many. Registration is at: www.union.ac.uk/news/06/2022/bible-for-all-series
The PCI Podcast.
Even though the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact have slipped down our news feeds with the cost of living crisis, the appointment of a new UK Prime Minister and the death of the Queen, and the Accession of King Charles to the throne, its effects are still felt by many and the task of pastoral follow up continues.
Many of you are still asking about the hymn we sang in church a couple of weeks ago so I have included the link again this week.
Queen Elizabeth II: The Bible in the Funeral
The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II was both dignified and deeply moving. It was a great state occasion, marked by all the pomp and circumstance due to a great queen, but it was also thoroughly Christian and soaked in Scripture. From the moment the coffin entered Westminster Abbey to the words ‘I am the resurrection and the life’, the Bible shaped the service.
Read More From The Bible Society Here
Bible Society In Ukraine
A team from the Ukrainian Bible Society travelled to the embattled region carrying aid and Bibles.
Anatoliy Rachynets, deputy general secretary, said, ‘I saw many tears and many thankful faces. People said that the Bible was the most precious gift in this situation.’
Read More Here
The puzzles this week are all from our holiday in the Lake District, when we stayed in Keswick. Today is the view over Derwentwater the Lake which Keswick sits on. This is the view from the opposite end of the lake which is simply stunning.
Today is another view over Derwentwater, this time an early morning view from Friar's Crag.
Today another view of Derwentwater in Keswick.
Best Times - A dead heat today.
Another picture from the Lake District, today it is Lowther Castle.
Today the puzzle is of the stunning Lakeside Boathouse at the side of Ullswater in the Lake District. Remember that the Friday puzzle is a little bit more challenging.