Read Luke 10:38-42
The well known story of Mary and Martha reminds us that we can get our priorities wrong and allow good things to crowd out better things. It's not hard to be so distracted by the busyness and demands of everyday life that we forget to make time for Jesus. It's not that Martha was doing something wrong, it's that she was doing it at the wrong time and prioritising it over spending time with Jesus. There's a time to work and a time to pray and we need to learn to tell the difference while making space in our busy lives for both.
PRAISE & THANKS
Spend some time praising the Lord and giving thanks for his work in your life.
THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
Give thanks for falling rates of death and infection.
Give thanks for increased testing and supplies of PPE.
Give thanks for the financial support provided to businesses and individuals.
Pray for those in hospital and those bereaved due to Coronavirus.
Pray for staff and residents in Care Homes.
Pray for safety and energy for essential workers.
Pray for wisdom and understanding for Government leaders in Stormont and Westminster as they introduce measures to relax the lockdown.
Pray for patience and wisdom and self-control as people tire of the current restrictions.
Pray for people experiencing heightened levels of stress, anxiety and challenges to their mental health.
THE SMYTH FAMILY
Pray that the Lord would heal and raise up little Hannah Smyth.
Pray that he would comfort, strengthen and sustain Ryan and the wider family circle.
Pray for the tractor driver and his family in their shock and devastation.
Pray for Rev John Stanbridge as he pastors and prepares for the funerals and pray for the congregations of Ballycastle and Dunluce.
THE WIDER CHURCH
Pray for the Standing Commission of the General Assembly of PCI which will carry important responsibility following cancellation of this year's General Assembly.
Pray for our current Moderator William Henry and the incoming Moderator Rev David Bruce who will take up his duties in June.
Pray for Northside Presbyterian as they returned to worship in their church buildings last Sunday.
Pray for Neal & Jade McCormick and Hannah and Joel as they adjust to life in Montana after leaving Potter's Field Ministries.
Pray for mercy for the lost in our communities in the light of the cancellation of so many evangelistic events in N Ireland and across the world.
Pray for our members who are not able to make use of the online opportunities, that they would not feel left out and that the Lord would use other means to bless them.
Pray that the Lord would bless the online services so that that God's people are encouraged and strengthened. Pray that people from Ballysally community and further afield would listen in and be drawn to the Lord.
Pray that all the members of our congregation would find ways to stay in touch with others so that they can be blessed and be a blessing.
Pray that the Lord would continue to provide for the financial needs of the congregation and that members of the congregation who can, would continue to support the FWO scheme.