Prayer Focus is a weekly prayer resource that incorporates up-to-date news with prayer that focuses on the people and the places involved in mission in Ireland. All of our deaconesses, chaplains in hospitals, prisons and universities, Home Mission Congregations, our Community Outreach and Irish Mission Workers will benefit from your prayerful support.
Published Wednesday, 29th March 2017
Prayer requests from Presbyterian Mission in Ireland personnel and Home / Urban Mission congregations.
Moderator – Rt. Rev. Dr. Frank Sellar
This Sunday, (2nd April) the Moderator will be speaking at the morning service in First Bangor Presbyterian Church and at the evening service in Molesworth Presbyterian Church, Cookstown.
Pray for the Moderator as speaks at Sunday services and participates in various other meetings, and for wisdom and guidance in all he does.
Sadie McCullough – Deaconess serving in Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church
Sadie McCullough has been serving as a deaconess in Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church for 13½ years and she is due to retire this June. Sadie’s main area of ministry is pastoral care within the congregation, and she also leads the parents and toddlers group and senior citizens group.
Pray for the Holy Spirit’s constant guidance as Sadie reaches out to those going through difficult life situations, especially the sick and the bereaved.
Pray that the Lord will direct Sadie’s path as she trusts in Him daily.
Pray for all the plans being put into place in Whiteabbey for their Good Friday holiday Bible club ‘Easter Eggsplained’. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide and lead all who take part and for the children who will come.
Pray also for all the summer plans being organised for both senior citizens and young people.
Pray too for Sadie as she prepares for retirement.
Josh McCance – Community outreach worker serving in Donabate Presbyterian Church
Praise God for a great weekend away with Donabate youth group and other Presbytery youth groups to Ovoca Manor in Wicklow.
Pray for energy and encouragement for the youth group leaders, and that they would see fruit from investing in the lives of young people.
Praise God for the recent Alpha course and for all those who came along and grew in their faith. Pray too for the follow up to this and for continual spiritual growth in the lives of those who attended the course.
Pray for courage in reaching people in the wider community and taking opportunities to witness for the Lord.
Pray for the minister of Donabate – Rev. Andy Carroll and the elders of the congregation who have been especially busy over the last few months starting up ministry teams.
Rev. Graeme Orr – Chaplain serving at Ulster University's Magee Campus
Graeme Orr has recently taken up the role of chaplain at Magee in Londonderry.
Thank God for a positive introduction to some key university staff and members of the Christian Union.
Thank God that an opportunity has already opened up, with library staff permission, to share with students in a common room in the middle of the university library.
Pray for the Library ‘Pop Up Chaplaincy’ that will run each Wednesday morning from 10am to 12.30pm which will serve free tea / coffee and buns.
Pray for opportunities to share the gospel clearly, and pray for some students who are facing examination stress.
Pray too for Andy Lamberton and the local Exodus Youth Team who will be assisting Graeme with this outreach.
Rev. Paul Erskine – Chaplain serving in Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast
In March and every third month, the Presbyterians are responsible for the Sunday morning service in the hospital church. Paul is due to retire at the end of this month after 22 years of faithful ministry as chaplain at the hospital.
Give thanks for Paul’s service at Musgrave over the past 22 years.
Give thanks for the Presbyterian team: Shirley Scanlon, Alan Esdale and Gareth Kilpatrick (Lowe Memorial), Florence Palmer and David McGrath (Malone), Michael Hill (Fisherwick) and hospital deaconess, Heather McCracken. Pray that the worship will bring blessing.
Pray for hospital staff amid the challenges and pressures they face.
Pray that patients will know the presence of the Lord and receive comfort and healing.
Pray that an appointment will soon be made for Paul’s successor.
Alt Presbyterian Church – Rev. Colin McKibben
Give thanks for the work and dedication of our elders and committee.
As the congregation think about electing two new elders; pray for wisdom for the congregation as they make their choices.
Pray that those chosen, will know the hand of God in their lives, and that they will have a servant heart.
Give thanks to God for the work of the congregation in the community and that all would know God's blessing.
Corvally and Ervey Presbyterian Churches (Vacant)
Pray for the life and witness of the Home Mission congregations of Corvally and Ervey which are vacant at present.
Pray for the elders and members of the congregations as they pray and plan for the future.
Kells Presbyterian Church (Monaghan Presbytery)
Pray for the life and witness of the Home Mission congregation of Kells.
Pray for the elders and members of the congregation as they pray and plan for the future.
Mission in Ireland Evenings
Give thanks for the many events promoting Mission in Ireland in presbyteries over the past number of weeks.
Pray for the event in Carrickfergus Presbytery (Downshire Presbyterian Church at 7pm) this Sunday evening (2nd), at which Keith Preston from the International Meeting Point will be the speaker.