Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Prayer Update 11/25/08

Featured Church/Mission: Grace Presbyterian Church of Laconia, NH (Pastor Andy Wilson)
1. Covenant Children: We are very thankful for the number of children that have been added to our congregation over the past few years. Please pray for parents to be faithful in the Christian nurture of their children. Also, pray for the Lord’s protection and care for the four women in our church who are currently expecting.
2. Leadership: Pray that the Lord would grant our session the wisdom, energy, and love that we need to shepherd this congregation. Pray that the Lord would raise up additional elders and deacons for our congregation.
3. Outreach: Pray for the members of our church to be bold and intentional about speaking to their non-Christian neighbors, co-workers, and acquaintances about Christ and inviting them to our church.

Featured Potential Church Planting Site: Keene, New Hampshire
1. Pray for God’s provision for the people of Keene, New Hampshire (located in the southwest part of the state), and for the Holy Spirit to be at work among the people there.
2. Pray for the students, faculty, and staff of Keene State College as the semester draws to a close and for those laboring in campus ministry at the school.

MNA Committee work:
1. Pray for the members of the committee in their efforts to promote church planting, college ministry, and church renewal in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Prayer Update 11/14/08

Featured Church/Mission: Hope Presbyterian Church of Portsmouth, NH (Pastor Chris Robinson)
1. That the Hope congregation would approach God with confident reverence in worship, and would approach Portsmouth with expectant contentment in God displaying His works in us.
2. That God would use our door-to-door evangelism in conjunction with our new website to make known His free invitation to Hope.
3. That the Peacemaker study would have a sanctifying effect in the lives of the small group members who will begin the study in January.
4. That the Lord would grant to Himself the glory and to us the joy of another soul embracing Christ soon.
5. That the congregation would embrace all aspects of the means of grace, including the collection as part of worship.

Prayer Update: Trinity Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, VT (Pastor Seth Anderson)
1. Wisdom and guidance for the new commission governing Trinity Presbyterian.
2. That God would raise up new leaders from our congregation.
3. That we as a congregation would seek to love people well.

Featured Potential Church Planting Site: Raymond, New Hampshire
1. Pray for people of the growing town of Raymond (located between Exeter and Manchester in southeastern New Hampshire) and especially for the spiritual growth of the many young families in town.
2. Pray for the progress of the church in Raymond and the surrounding communities.
3. Pray that God would raise up men equipped to plant churches in the small towns of northern New England.

MNA Committee work:
1. Pray for the committee’s continued efforts toward connecting with potential partners in prayer, giving, and ministry for the work in northern New England.
2. Pray for good fruit from the committee’s meeting with David Runnion-Bareford on the topic of filling open pulpits in the region.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Prayer Update 11/4/08

Featured Church/Mission: Trinity Presbyterian Church (Pastor Seth Anderson)
1. Pray for Seth Anderson and his family as he is ordained and installed as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian on Sunday, November 9. Pray for the Spirit’s blessing upon his continued ministry to that congregation.
2. Pray for fruitfulness in worship and witness for the members of Trinity Presbyterian.
3. Pray for the expansion of the church in northern Vermont and for opportunities for church planting throughout the state.

Featured Potential Church Planting Site: Berlin, New Hampshire
1. Pray for the work of God’s Spirit in the north country of New Hampshire and especially in the town of Berlin.
2. Pray for good economic opportunities for the people of Berlin and the surrounding region.
3. Pray for the resources necessary for the planting of churches in the rural regions of northern New England.

MNA Committee work:
Pray for continued progress in the identification of potential prayer and financial partners for the work of church planting in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Prayer Update 10/16/08

Featured Church/Mission: Exeter Presbyterian Church (Pastor Steve Magee)
1. Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit in the continued progress of the teaching ministry of the church and the worship and witness of the congregation.
2. Pray for God’s blessing upon the congregation in their efforts to pursue greater unity in Christ through prayer.
3. Pray for the remaining steps toward the ordination of new officers, including the examination of candidates and the voting of the congregation.

Featured Potential Church Planting Site: Montpelier, Vermont
1. Pray for the work of God’s Spirit among the people of Vermont’s capital city.
2. Pray for God’s blessing upon the church in northern Vermont.
3. Pray that God would bring forward church planters for this region of northern New England in due season.

MNA Committee work:
1. Pray for the members of the committee as they seek to identify potential prayer and financial partners in preparation for their November meeting.
2. Pray for the development of deeper relationships with individuals who have already indicated an interest in being involved in the progress of the church in this region.

Northern New England Presbytery

1. Pray for God’s blessing upon the presbytery meeting on Saturday. Pray for safety in travel and unity in worship and deliberation for the men participating in the meeting.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Prayer Update 9/30/08

Featured Church/Mission: Free Grace Presbyterian Mission, Lewiston, ME (submitted by Pastor Per Almquist)
1. Praise that we can see God's hand at work in our lives, the lives of the people of Free Grace, and in our community. We continue to see his grace and glory shine through our weakness and brokenness.
2. For continual deepening of our relationships with others in the community. That God would continue to draw people into his church through his people.
3. For many in our group who are struggling with life. That we all would place our trust and faith in God and not in finances, health, etc. Pray especially as we begin preparing for what is forecasted as a cold winter and heating homes is a major source of concern for many in our community and at Free Grace.
4. For us to continue to look to God to provide all that we need to do his work. That we would not place our trust in our plans, pledges, etc. but continue to look to him at all times - especially as we come out of an expensive summer of ministry with some loss of donations.
5. For Ken and Linda Morris as they seek to sell their home in Missouri, raise the last 25% of their support, and prepare to move to Maine to begin their counseling ministry.

Featured Potential Church Planting Site: Burlington, VT
1. Pray that God’s grace would be known among the people of Burlington.
2. Pray for the students, faculty, administration, and staff at the University of Vermont.
2. Pray for the progress of the church in that region and the direction of the Holy Spirit regarding church planting there.

MNA Committee work:
1. Pray for God’s direction and guidance in the next committee meeting on October 9.
2. Pray for the committee members as they make initial contacts with potential prayer and financial support partners.
3. Pray for the identification of individuals interested in serving the church in northern New England.

New Free Grace Presbyterian Newsletter

Read the latest update on the work in Lewiston from Church Planter Per Almquist.