Meeting tonight – 7.30pm for dinner, 8pm start.
Praise God that church family and guests have been able to explore what he is like in the first three weeks of L.E. Give thanks for the opportunity we’ll have tonight to see how God is a liberating God, who frees us from enslavement to other gods and our sin. Pray that God would continue to bring people back tonight and that he would be pleased to use the course to bring many to know him.
Pray that we would come humbly before the Lord, praising him for extending his grace beyond the boundaries of Israel to all nations. Pray today that we would remember how God’s cleansing of our hearts graciously brought us into his people. Pray that God might give us opportunities this week to hold out his wonderfully gracious good news to the people around us without discrimination.
Meeting together this afternoon at 4.30pm – Mark 7:24-8:10
Pray that God would be building his church as we meet together. Give great thanks that God’s kingdom is extended to all nations, as we’ll see in Mark’s gospel this afternoon. Pray that God would draw all all sorts of people to Trinity this afternoon, people who know him and people who don’t, people from many nations, people who come every week and people who’ve never been to church before. Pray that we would welcome all and hold out the good news of Christ to all.
Pray for those in our church family who may be struggling with their current life circumstances – whether that be anything from health issues to unmet longings for relationship or children to housing issues or employment issues. Pray that they might be able to keep bringing sadness or frustration to God in prayer. Pray that the Trinity church family would be a place of good support and love, where people can be honest. And pray that God would help them to know His love and his goodness to work all things for the good of those who love Him.
Pray for the Pilgrems and their ministry at Emmanuel Church Etterbeek. Give thanks for the safe arrival of Aidan Pilgrem in December and pray for strength and energy and continued Christ-centredness, as they adapt to to life as a family of 7. Give thanks too, for the house they have been able to move into in Etterbeek and pray that God would give them great opportunities to glorify him now they are living there.
Finally, Praise God that Johnny and Nai are able to come across to lead Trinity’s Gospel-Centred Parenting Course at the end of February. Pray that God would equip them with all that they need to teach and that it would be a great blessing to them as they prepare.
“The LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people son earth will be blessed through you.”” Genesis 12:1-3
“Jesus said to him [Zacchaeus]. “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.” Luke 19:9-10
Give thanks that God is overwhelmingly generous. Give thanks for his lavish promises to right the world through one of Abraham’s descendants. Give thanks that he pursues us in love, generously sending that descendant, his own Son, Jesus, to save us from being lost. Pray that we would be convinced by and captured by God’s immense generosity, turning our backs today on the demanding ‘gods’ we tend to live for.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:1-5)
Pray God would give the Prime Minister and government wisdom and compassion as they make plans and decisions regarding Brexit and beyond. Pray they make decisions which will guard, not hurt, the most vulnerable in society and that they seek to do all they can to maintain peaceful society. Pray too that we would be increasingly prayerful for our leaders, that we would be quicker to submit them to God than we are to simply complain.