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Bangor6th December 2020

Rector: Nigel Parker, Pastoral Assistants: Norman Jardine & Stanley Bourke

  • We are thankful that the Lord is at work among us. 
  • For the continuation of our ‘We Are With You’ initiative to encourage and bless the households in our parish with a gift of John’s gospel this Advent season. We are asking the Lord to prepare their hearts to receive His word and the gift of relationship with Him. 
  • For protection, guidance and peace for all who attend our Compassion ministry as we seek to provide practical help in the form of clothing and food to our neighbours in Bangor.  
  • We are so thankful for what the Lord has been doing through online Alpha. We pray that the Lord would continue to speak to those who took part and that they would continue on their journey of faith with Jesus. 
  • Our Advent and Christmas services will inevitably look different this year. We are praying that all who attend, whether on–site or online, would experience the joy of knowing Christ, our Emmanuel. 

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Belfast: Ballymacarrett13th December 2020

Ballymacarrett–13 December

Rector: John Cunningham

  • That we can with God’s help meet all the challenges of inner–city service.
  • That Interdenominational Divine Healing Ministries which is now working and worshipping in our church may continue to grow and strengthen not only their organisation but ourselves as well. 
  • That by putting God’s will at the centre of our efforts we may reach both outwards and inwards.

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Christmas in our parishes20th December 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, worship has looked and sounded very different and Christmas will be no exception. However, we proclaim by whatever means the good news that ‘Christ the Saviour is born!’  

  • Pray that our faith in Jesus would cause us to be people of hope, joy and peace in this very different Christmas season.
  • Pray that as parishes we would be known for our compassion and generosity. We remember those who are separated from family, perhaps for the first time in many years, and those who grieve loved ones.
  • We give thanks for all those in our churches who have shared their time and talents to allow worship to continue safely and creatively.   
  • We ask that many would join our Christmas services in–person and online and that the message of the incarnation would change many lives.

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Belfast: Ballynafeigh27th December 2020

Rector: Peter Bourke, Children’s & Youth Worker: Jason Nicholl, Ministry Intern: Ryan Hawk

Give thanks for:

  • God’s faithfulness and goodness to his people throughout this year as we navigated our way as his church throughout this pandemic.
  • Opportunities to proclaim the life–giving gospel of Christ Jesus in new and creative ways both online and in–person.
  • Growth in our prayer life and pastoral care for one another when we could not gather together for face–to–face fellowship.

Please pray for:

  • God’s provision for our mission to reach people from all nations.
  • Renewed faith, hope and love for the Lord and the lost in 2021.
  • Boldness and bravery as we seek to engage with those in our locality.

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