Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(I Thessalonians 1:2-3 - NIV)
Here are suggestions for the prayers of your congregation during January – March 2021. Now more than ever, our prayers together are a source of spiritual strength and health. They increase our spiritual power, enhance the unity of the church and open us to the Spirit’s guidance. We ask that you share these in such a way that every member of your congregation has access to them.
A DISTRICT PRAYER CALENDAR
January 3, 2021 -
Pray for those who are suffering from the effects of COVID-19, those who grieve the loss of friends and families during the pandemic, and those involved in the ongoing vaccination process. Let us pray that the healing power of the Great Physician and the comforting power of the Holy Spirit be manifest in a powerful way.
January 10, 2021 -
Pray for the Nominating and Personnel Committee of District Conference as they anticipate their first meeting by video conference on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Let us pray for the guidance and aid of the Holy Spirit in discerning those called to leadership.
January 17, 2021 -
Pray for W. Daniel “Danny” Gilley, who completed ten years of pastoral service with the Smith River Church in Patrick County, Virginia on December 31, 2020 and continues his consecrated service. Let us support, encourage and pray for our pastors and ministers.
January 24, 2021 -
Pray for the William R. Fisher, a member of the Hopewell Church of the Brethren, as he anticipates re-licensing to the Gospel Ministry. Let us pray that we will support, encourage and pray for those who undertake set-apart ministerial service
January 31, 2021 -
Pray for Fabiola Fernandez, Manager of Information Technology, for the Ministry and Mission Board of the Church of the Brethren. Let us prayerfully uphold those who serve with and for us throughout our nation and the world.
February 7, 2021 -
Pray for Donna G. Hornsby, who was appointed as Center Coordinator of the Christian Growth Institute on December 4, 2020. Let us honor the commitment, dedication and work of those who give freely of themselves to the work of Christ and the church.
February 14, 2021 -
Pray for Terri W. Luzinski, a member of the Williamson Road Church in Roanoke, Virginia, who anticipates licensing to the Gospel Ministry this year. Let us give glory to God for the gifts of the Spirit bestowed upon the church.
February 21, 2021 -
Pray for Loyce Borgmann, Assistant Director for Client Relations for Brethren Foundation Funds in Elgin, Illinois. Let us give thanks to God for the commitment of those who serve unseen, but not unimportantly, in the ministry and mission of the church.
February 28, 2021 -
Pray for Dan Poole, Assistant Professor of Ministry Formation, at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana. Let us listen to hear God’s voice in the lessons which time and circumstance teach.
March 7, 2021 -
Pray for Quest for Faith: A Self-Led Exploration of Faith for Youth (Grades 10-12), to be held “in a box” on March 12-14, 2021 (or anytime afterwards). Let us pray that God will nurture the spiritual depth and stamina of our young people.
March 14, 2021 -
Pray for the Virlina District Board, meeting either at the Summerdean Church in Roanoke, Virginia or by video conference for its winter meeting on March 20, 2021. Let us pray that the Spirit of God will grant discernment, guide every decision and empower every undertaking.
March 21, 2021 -
Pray for the participants and leadership of Pilgrimage XXIV: A FaithQuest for Adults, a spiritual development retreat of the Virlina District, to be held (hopefully) on March 26-28, 2021. Let us pray that those who participate gain a deeper spirituality and greater commitment.
March 28, 2021 -
Pray for the Living Faith Church of the Brethren in Concord, North Carolina as they prepare to celebrate twenty-five years of ministry and mission this year. Let us pray that God would enable us to minister creatively in every place and situation.
April 4, 2021 -
Pray for Iglesia de los Hermanos (the Church of the Brethren in Spain) and its seven congregations as they struggle to go forward during COVID-19. Let us support, encourage and pray for the international partners of our denomination.
April 11, 2021 -
Pray for the peoples and leaders of our nation and the world as we wrestle with ending the pandemic and coping with social unrest. Let us place ourselves in the hands of God through faith, hope and love.
April 18, 2021 -
Pray for Shawn Flory Replogle, Executive Director of Organizational Resources for Finance for the Church of the Brethren, who began on January 1. Let us give thanks to God for the work and witness which we accomplish together.
April 25, 2021 -
Pray for Claude C. Shell, who has served ten years as pastor of the New Covenant Church in Chester, Virginia. Let us pray that we will embrace anew the ministry of proclamation in word and deed wherever we are.
May 2, 2021 -
Pray for the youth of the Church of the Brethren as we observe National Youth Sunday throughout our denomination including virtual resources. Let us look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to the greater works of God to be revealed.
May 9, 2021 -
Pray for the Disaster Ministry of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) as it travels to and from Maiduguri to bring assistance to Christian displaced persons whose needs are ignored by the government. Let us pray for those who are harassed and persecuted for their faith and witness.
May 16, 2021 -
Pray for Lee and Robin Naff, who have served ten years as co-pastors of the Hiwassee Church in Pulaski County, Virginia. Let us support, encourage and pray for those who undertake set-apart ministerial service.
May 23, 2021 –
Pray for the Parkway Church as the congregation anticipates disorganization at the 2021 Virlina District Conference. Let us give thanks to God for the ministry and mission accomplished by this congregation and for seeds planted that yet await blossom and fruit-bearing.
May 30, 2021-
Pray for the students and staff of the Christian Growth Institute as they gather online June 12 for Orientation Day. Let us express gratitude to God for those who are engaged in formation for the Gospel Ministry in Virlina and Shenandoah Districts.
June 6, 2021 -
Pray for the year-round staff, the summer staff, counselors and campers, as a reduced summer camping program begins on June 13 at Camp Bethel. Let us pray that the camp experience will be a laboratory for Christian living and that every camper might be drawn closer to Christ and the church.
June 13, 2021 -
Pray for the meeting of the Virlina District Board, perhaps to be held at the Crab Orchard Church in Raleigh County, West Virginia, on June 19. Let us glorify and honor God in the business of the church as well as in every aspect of life.
June 20, 2021 -
Pray for Amber T. Harris, a member of the Peace Covenant Church in Durham, N.C., who has been approved for ordination to the Gospel Ministry. Let us pray that the wideness and breadth of God’s work might continue to challenge us to seek wider, greater and more creative fields of mission and ministry.
June 27, 2021 -
Pray for the moderator, officers, delegates and attendees of the 234th Recorded Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren meeting online from June 30-July 4. Let us pray that our leaders, delegates and membership be given wisdom, discernment and insight as they serve Christ and the church.