* Over the past few weeks, violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar has forced around half a million people, mainly Rohingya Muslims, to flee to Bangladesh in fear of their lives. People are arriving in Bangladesh with little or no money or possessions, and are in need of food aid and medical assistance. Pray for all those who have fled their homes and are in need of humanitarian assistance. Pray too for aid agencies helping those in need. Remember also the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar, and pray for its ongoing witness.
* Stephen Cowan in Kenya writes, “There is much uncertainty in the country as the planned rerun of the presidential election on 26 October is still being challenged by the opposition. Civic demonstrations are planned for Mondaysand Fridays, while the incumbent team are busy campaigning for re-election. In Samburu county, the normal life struggles continue of herding animals in hostile terrain and keeping cattle rustlers at bay.”
- Pray for the schools preparing youth for exams in the midst of the political tensions, and for teachers who will travel at the end of term to their homes to vote.
- Pray for those in authority in Kenya, that they will act with integrity as they face challenging issues.
* For Aislinn Duffy (serving with ECM in Barcelona) in these challenging days.
* Pray for our Harvest Services next weekend. (Who could you invite?) Pray for good attendances and a real sense of God speaking into many lives.
* Pray for starving people in Yemen and that their desperate plight would be relieved.
* For the important work of Youth Fellowship and for more young people to get involved.
* Pray for the peoples of Mexico affected by the earthquake. For Johnny and Gemma Forsythe (Matthew, Susannah and Noah). Give thanks for their safety and pray for their wellbeing.
* Pray that in these days of great upheaval in our world that many will turn to the Lord.
* Pray for the young people connected to our church that they will enjoy being part of Sunday worship and the different organisations and that through these they will grow in a true and sincere saving faith.
* Give thanks for the Special Assembly back in August. It was all about Everyday Discipleship. Pray for God’s help on every believer to be a disciple every day at home, school, work, play and in our streets and neighbourhoods.
* Pray for the farming community as they face another busy season of harvest.
* For the reviving, renewing work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and the hearts of all who profess to be saved.
* Chaplains working in our hospitals and prisons need much prayer as they listen and minister to those in need of one kind or another.
* Pray for all those who are sick at home or in hospital. For those awaiting surgery and/or treatment that they would know hope and healing.
* Give thanks for the work of Open Doors and remember to pray for suffering brothers and sisters. That they may know what it is to rejoice in suffering.
* Pray for all involved across these islands in countering extremist Islam. For success in apprehending those involved. For the turning of many hearts to the Prince of Peace.
* Give thanks for Stephen & Angelina Cowan (Caragh, Jason, Annissa) serving in N. Kenya.
* For Ho & Laura-Jane Meas (Joseph & Yoshiya) serving in Japan.
* For Jonny & Gemma Forsythe (Matthew, Susannah & Noah) as they have returned to Mexico.
* For Trevor & Andrea Watson (Emily, Grace, Alice) serving in Sweden.
* For Majed & Anna who shared with us recently.
* For the work of Parent n Toddlers, Creche, Life Builders, Youth Club. For the Holy Spirit to be at work in the lives of both leaders and the young people.
* For an increased hunger for God and His Word within the Church.
* For parents seeking to bring up their children in the ways of the Lord. For wisdom, patience and love. For our children and grandchildren that they would give all they know of themselves to all they know of Jesus Christ.
* For ordinary people caught up in the barbarism of Aleppo, Syria. And for a resolution to that dreadful situation.
* For our Prime Minister Teresa May and her government.
* For different families that we seek to support in prayer as they serve the Lord in various parts of the world over these coming months…
- Stephen & Angelina Cowan (Kenya) – Caragh, Jason, Annissa
- David & Pamela McCullagh (Malawi) – Beth and Grace
- Ho & Laura-Jane Meas (Japan) – Joseph, Yoshiya
- Dan & Primrose Avila (Kosova)
- Johnny & Gemma Forsythe (Mexico) – Matthew & Susannah
- Majed & Anna (Poland)
- Adam & Lynn Annett (N Africa) – Timothy
- Philip & Andrew (Uganda)
- John & Joy Hayward (France)
PRAISE GOD for His pardon, His peace, HIS PROMISES and His power
3 Amazing promises -
* 2 Peter 3 v 9: The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise. He is patient… not wanting anyone to perish.
* Psalm 145 v 13: The Lord is faithful to all His promises.
* Acts 2 v 39: This promise is for you and for your children.
- for the beauty of this area—mountains, sea and all between.
- for the gift of sight and sense to appreciate these blessings.
PRAY for ‘Teens’ and ‘Twenties’ that
- our ‘Teens’ may have wisdom to select further study and training or job opportunities.
- our ‘Twenties’ now trained and qualified may get work and feel valued by our Society.
* Give thanks for the work of PW.
* For Christian parents as they seek to nurture and bring up children in the Lord.
* For teenagers facing many pressures and temptations. That our young people would have the grace, desire and courage to be different for Jesus’ sake.
* Pray that we will be more enabled by the Spirit to bear witness to our faith.
* Pray that we will be open to invite others to our Services on a Sunday. Who might you invite?
* Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Suffering Church.
* For the preaching on Sunday mornings and evenings. For a real sense that God is speaking through the proclamation of His Word.
* For agencies like Gideons International and The Bible Society which promote and spread the Word of God.
* For the Holy Spirit to work powerfully in our lives, our families and our Church family resulting in people coming to Jesus Christ and growing up in Him.
* For the work going on at New Beginnings, Uganda—for Roger, Philip, Andrew and other members of staff and of course the children and young people.
* For the ongoing work of Community Outreach and the Bible studies each week on Kitty’s Road.
* For Billy Patterson as he hosts the Hotel Bible Studies in Newry on Tuesday nights.
* For the ongoing work of Sunday School, Youth Fellowship and Friday Youth Club. For God’s grace to be powerfully with all the leaders.
* For our world leaders as they seek to face the threat of Islamic jihadists.
* For Vivian and the work of Wakisa Ministries in Kampala, Uganda. Pray for the girls particularly Dorcus, Elizabeth and Claudia.
* Pray for an ingathering of the spiritual harvest in people truly converted to Christ and discipled in Christ.
* For God the Holy Spirit to be much at work in our hearts and our church family.
* For a real sense of God’s presence at our Sunday worship.
* Our senior people confined to home. That they would know God’s peace in Jesus Christ.
* Pray for our Youth Worker Dave and the work he does week by week.
* For Karen and Rhonda and the ongoing work in County Mayo.
* For David and Jenny (Kara, Ethan, Joel, Jordan) and the work in and around Adelaide Road, Dublin.
* Pray for the leaders of the world as they seek to coordinate an effort against the evil and barbarism of ISIS in the Middle East.
* Pray that we will seek and find a fresh blowing of the wind of the Holy Spirit in our Church.
* Give thanks for fellowship in the Gospel which can be found in this church and the local community.
* Pray for those in our community for whom the last six months, indeed the last year, has been difficult. Pray for God’s comfort and healing in difficult days.
* North Korea: Pray today for
(i) Christians deprived of home and health care/work and wealth/food and family.
(ii) The North Korea authorities headed up by Kim Jong II. He oversees “large scale patterns of systematic and gross human right violations” (UN Statement). Pray that God might touch his heart.
* Pray by name for those you know who:
- suffer pain and limitations due to senior years.
- are ‘living with’ the loss of a loved one.
- are receiving treatment or cancer care at present.
* That we would have wisdom in getting right the rhythm of rest and work in our busy lives.
* Pray for Vivian and the work of Wakisa Ministries in Kampala, Uganda. For a real and lasting change to be brought about in the lives of the girls with whom they work. Wisdom for us in the church as to how we can best help Vivian and the work she is doing.
* For the fishing industry and the challenges and opportunities that those involved in that industry face.
* For groups like Evangelical Alliance, Care for the Family and The Christian Institute as they seek to promote Biblical standards and the face of increasing secularism.
* For Spirit led Gospel renewal of our church family.
* For the life and witness of our local church here in Kilkeel — for our WORSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, DISCIPLESHIP, SERVICE AND MISSION.
* For those who are ill or looking after those who are ill. That in the midst of suffering, they would find comfort in the One who suffered but overcame that suffering on the third day.
* Give thanks for the work being done for the Lord in France by John and Joy Hayward. Pray for them and their family (Mark, Matthew and Katelyn).
* That we will be a Church that makes a real difference for good in many lives here in the Kingdom of Mourne.
* Keep on praying for the children and young people who are part of the suffering Church.
* Pray for the work of Arab World Ministries (AWM).
* Pray for the PSNI and anti-drug agencies as they seek to counter the drug problem in our society. Pray that those who peddle drugs in the Kilkeel area will be brought to justice.
* For Christians to show faith, hope and love in bringing the gospel to the Muslim people.
* For those who are housebound due to senior years, disability, caring duties.
* Those who care for the frail or disabled, whether as family members or in their daily work.
* Those we know coping with pain and receiving treatment.
* Those who care for and maintain our church property — Jackie & Mervyn as caretakers and Jennifer as our church cleaner.
* Thank God for those who pray for the ongoing work in our Church — alone at home, in triplets or at various meetings in the Church.
* Give thanks for the work of Noah’s Ark Parent and Toddler Group and pray that through this work the Kingdom of God will be extended in many lives.
* Pray for all those facing unemployment and financial pressures.
* For our local community here in the Kingdom of Mourne—for peace, good relationships and generally for the blessing of God upon all who live in this area.
Weekly Prayer Times
Sunday at 6:30pm
Prior to the evening service
Tuesday at 7:00am
Early Morning Prayer Meeting
Thursday at 8:00pm
Midweek Meeting for
Prayer & Bible Study
Samuel Chadwick “The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.”
William Temple “When I pray coincidences happen, and when I do not, they don’t.”
“When God intends great mercy for His people, the first thing he does is set them a-praying.” Matthew Henry
“Lay no weight on the quantity of your prayers; that is to say, how long or how many they are. These things avail nothing with God, by whom prayers are not measured, but weighed.” Thomas Boston
“God looks not at the elegancy of your prayers, to see how neat they are; nor at the geometry of your prayers, to see how long they are; nor at the arithmetic of your prayers, to see how many they are; nor yet at the music of your prayers, nor yet at the sweetness of your voice, nor yet at the logic of your prayers; but at the sincerity of your prayers, how hearty they are.”
“Prayer is not a convenient device for imposing our will upon God, or bending his will to ours, but the prescribed will of subordinating our will to his.” John Stott
“Dear Lord, never let me be afraid to pray for the impossible.” Dorothy Shellenberger