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, 20th September 2017
Prayer requests from Presbyterian Mission in Ireland personnel and Home / Urban Mission congregations.
This weekend the Moderator will be visiting PCI’s Sunnyside House and speaking at the Sunday morning services in Downpatrick and Ardglass Presbyterian Churches.
Pray for the Moderator as takes part in the above and participates in various other meetings.
Pray too for wisdom and guidance in all he does.
Heather McCracken – Deaconess serving in the Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast City Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital
Give thanks for all those who work in our hospitals and clinics so that they may help others who are ill.
Pray especially for the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children; for all doctors, nursing staff, teachers, play nurses and all those help children when in hospital. Pray too for children who are ill and for parents and family members.
Pray for all those who are feeling weak and those who are in pain.
Give thanks for the work of Chaplaincy. Pray for chaplains to have opportunities to be relevant, that their faith would be apparent, and for witnessing opportunities to come about naturally.
Pray for Heather as she joins with Greystone Road Presbyterian Church, Antrim on 23rd and 24th September, as they begin the winter programme with a ladies’ weekend looking at the PW theme ‘Growing in Fruitfulness’.
Josh McCance – Community outreach worker serving in Donabate Presbyterian Church
Praise God for the summer youth and children's outreach in Donabate and Balbriggan, and pray that fruit would result from it.
Pray for the youth ministry in Donabate. Pray that the young people would grow in their faith, reach their friends and develop into good leaders.
Pray for the groups outside of church which Josh interacts with, and for wisdom and courage to share the Gospel with them.
Pray for the church's witness to the wider community and that they would be known as a community who love people and point them to Jesus.
Pray for the events coming up to Christmas - the half term ‘Light’ party, Christmas events and an Alpha course in the New Year.
Karen Burns and Rhonda Glass – serving in the 'Good News 4 You' Bookshop / Calvary Mission, Westport
Pray for the ladies' Bible study starting again next week, that the Lord will speak to all who attend through His Word.
Pray for lasting fruit from the many children's outreaches this summer in Castlebar, Claremorris, Ballina, Roscommon, Ballinrobe and Westport.
Praise God for a weekly children's club starting in October in a local town.
Give thanks for the new Mayo CEF worker Lynda McAuley.
Pray for a public meeting planned for Westport on Tuesday 24th October on ‘What Jesus says about Mindfulness’. Pray that people would be willing to come and hear.
Karen and Rhonda write, “We have the free Bible offer on again in the shop. Many people have asked for one.” Pray that these Bibles will be read and that the Lord will speak through His Word.
Mark Proctor – Chaplain serving in Tallaght Hospital, Dublin
Give thanks to God for His wisdom and the guiding of the Holy Spirit during visits with patients and their families.
Pray that Christ’s compassion and the hope He offers in the gospel can be shared appropriately and often.
Praise God for Alex, the Church of Ireland chaplain, who recently joined the pastoral care team.
The construction of a ‘satellite’ centre of the new St. James’s Children’s Hospital will soon begin at Tallaght Hospital. Pray for safety on site, and for the chaplains as they plan how chaplaincy will be provided for the children who will attend this new unit.
Carndonagh, Malin, Moville and Greenbank Presbyterian Churches – Rev. Stewart Glendinning
The congregation of Carndonagh are in the process of electing new elders. Pray that as the duties and qualifications of elders are proclaimed to the congregation, that the Lord will make obvious to the church those individuals who are suitably gifted, and that these people will desire to do the work of the eldership.
Moville are running a charity shop in the town for six weeks, beginning on 25th September. Pray that this shop will be a blessing to the community as church members seek to witness to the grace of God by their words and practical help.
Harvest thanksgiving services for each of the four churches are approaching and these are always well supported by the wider community. Pray that as they gather together to give thanks to God for the harvest, that the gospel will be clearly proclaimed.
Glenelly Presbyterian Church – Rev. Rodney Thompson
Pray for Glenelly’s youth and children’s ministry – for the Sunday School, Friday Club and Arise.
Pray for those members of the congregation who are struggling with ongoing health issues of varying severity.
Pray for a movement of God's Spirit in the congregation.
Smithborough Presbyterian Church (Vacant)
Pray for the life and witness of the Home Mission congregation of Smithborough which is vacant at present.
Pray for the vacancy convener, Rev. Alan Mitchell.
Pray too for the elders and members of the congregations as they pray and plan for the future.