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, 23rd August 2017
Prayer requests from Presbyterian Mission in Ireland personnel and Home / Urban Mission congregations.
Moderator – Rt. Rev. Dr. Noble McNeely
The Moderator is attending PCI’s Special Assembly conference, taking place in Coleraine this week. The conference entitled ‘Everyday Disciples’ aims to help delegates explore the challenges and opportunities for disciples who are serious about following Jesus in everyday life and everyday situations. The conference concludes tomorrow (Thursday, 24th August).
Pray that the conference will excite, equip and empower impactful disciples for everyday life who witness their faith and love of God to others in Ireland and throughout the world.
Pray too for the Moderator as he speaks at the morning service in Portstewart Presbyterian Church this Sunday (27th August).
Roberta Irvine – Deaconess serving in Greystone Road Presbyterian Church, Antrim
Roberta writes, “After a summer watching Farah and Bolt on the track we are back to beginning the baby steps of a church calendar year. Some folk have an attitude of wanting a slick “up and running” operation forgetting that we all started with baby steps in our faith.”
Pray for the congregation’s new concentration on “Growing in Fruitfulness”. Pray that the congregation will not just give their assent, but will put much prayer and effort into this.
Pray for Greystone Road congregation’s new community café and that they may make steps to include many more in this quiet ministry.
Pray for those who are facing new uphill struggles as they mature in their faith. Pray that the elders and ministry team will be a help in spurring them on.
Andrew Dawson – Community outreach worker serving in Second Dromara Presbyterian Church
Praise the Lord for the many opportunities Andrew and others have had this summer to speak to people in the village about Jesus Christ. Pray as they seek to make the most of these opportunities. Pray especially for the opportunity to meet and read God's Word with a few men.
Second Dromora’s youth group plans to recommence with a fun evening on Saturday, 2nd September. Pray that the teenagers (many of whom do not attend church) will have a great evening. Andrew writes, “We long for many of them to put their hope in Jesus and live for Him.”
Pray too for the leaders of the church organisations as they make plans to begin a new session in September. Pray that the Lord will renew their enthusiasm and desire for those they serve to become and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Pray too that they will not get distracted with all the necessary organisational stuff.
Eddie Spence – Evangelist serving in Ballygomartin Presbyterian Church
Give thanks for relatively peaceful parades during the summer.
Pray for Eddies’ contacts in the community and the strong relationship he has with some folks who live and work there.
Pray that Eddie will have words in season for each conversation.
Pray for wisdom and sensitivity during all communication by word, text and phone.
Pray for the congregation that the ‘one another’ principle will be at the forefront of all relationships.
Pray that people will remember that God did not command people to go to church, but for the church to go to people.
Rev. Jim Lamont – Chaplain serving in Letterkenny University Hospital and Donegal Hospice
Pray for wisdom and guidance for Jim as he visits patients and their families in the hospital and hospice.
Pray that he will be an encouragement to them, and help them to trust in the Lord in all circumstances.
Ballymagrane Presbyterian Church – Rev. Ian McKee
Give thanks for Ruth Robinson who has taken over as organist in Ballymagrane congregation and pray for her as she takes on this responsible sphere of service for Christ's sake.
Pray for Olive Scott, Girls' Brigade (GB) captain and Peter McConnell, Boys' Brigade (BB) captain, that God will give them wisdom, energy, vision and a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit as they lead their officer teams and continue to set a Christ-like example for the boys and girls in their care. Pray for a couple more leaders for the BB.
Pray for the Sunday School which continues to thrive under the able leadership of Andrea Robinson.
Pray for the three prayer chains (with 24 members in total) between Ballymagrane and Aughnacloy. Ian writes, “This is a powerful ministry which has resulted in many answered prayers - being much appreciated and well used by many both within and without our congregations.”
Enniscorthy and Wexford Presbyterian Churches – Rev. David Conkey
Give thanks for the encouragement of visiting holidaymakers and new faces at both congregations in recent weeks.
Give thanks for the team from Union Road Magherafelt and Lecumpher congregations who joined Enniscorthy for a week of gospel partnership during August. Pray for people of all ages who attended the fun day, children's club, youth night, women's Bible Study and Dessert night, or just dropped in for tea and coffee, and ask the Lord to supply the church with people and resources to carry on ministry in these areas.
Ask the Lord to add at least one new family to each of the congregations this year.
PCI has eight full-time chaplains and two part-time chaplains serving with the armed forces, five part-time chaplains who minister to youth organisations sponsored by the military, and two officiating chaplains.
Pray for guidance for the chaplains providing pastoral care, and for opportunities to share the gospel.
Pray for members of the armed forces, and that they will find comfort and strength in the Lord.
Remember the families of forces personnel worried for their safety.
Remember personnel who are trying to settle into civilian life having left the forces.