Dear Sisters and Brothers,
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17 - NRSV)
Here are suggestions for the prayers of your congregation during January – March 2022. 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 2, 2022 -
Pray for Harold E. “Hal” Sonafrank, who begins as pastor of the Christiansburg Church of the Brethren on January 1, 2022. Let us pray that the Lord of the Harvest will call and send out workers into fields near and far.
January 9, 2022 -
Pray for Scott Douglas, who is retiring as Director of Relationships and Growth for the Church of the Brethren Benefit Trust on January 27, 2022. Let us give thanks for those who’ve served with and for us throughout our nation and the world.
January 16, 2022 -
Pray for the Nominating and Personnel Committee of District Conference as they anticipate their initial meeting on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Let us pray for the guidance and aid of the Holy Spirit in discerning persons to be called to leadership.
January 23, 2022 -
Pray for Harold E. Boyd, who began as pastor of the Hollins Road Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Virginia on December 1, 2021. Let us pray that we will support, encourage and pray for those who undertake set-apart ministerial service.
January 30, 2022 -
Pray for Debbie Noffsinger, Annual Conference Assistant for the Church of the Brethren 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 6, 2022 -
Pray for Daniel L. Rudy, pastor of the Ninth Street Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Virginia, who celebrated ten years of service on November 1, 2021. Let us pray that the wideness and breadth of God’s work will challenge us to seek wider, greater and more creative fields of mission and ministry.
February 13, 2022 -
Pray for Naomi L. Powers, co-pastor of the Daleville Church of the Brethren in Botetourt County, Virginia, who has been approved for ordination to the Gospel Ministry. Let us give glory to God for the gifts of the Spirit bestowed upon the church.
February 20, 2022 -
Pray for Roundtable (Grades 9-12), sponsored by the Interdistrict Youth Cabinet on February 25-27, 2022 at Bridgewater College. Let us pray that God will nurture the spiritual depth and stamina of our young people.
February 27, 2022 -
Pray for Karen Duhai, Director of Student Development, at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana. Let us remember that every person who serves the Body of Christ is important and that those parts which seem to be weaker are indispensible.
March 6, 2022 -
Pray for the Virlina District Board, scheduled to meet at the Pulaski, First Church of the Brethren, on March 19, 2022. Let us pray that the Spirit of God will grant discernment, guide every decision and empower every undertaking.
March 13, 2022 -
Pray for the participants and leadership of Pilgrimage XXIV: A FaithQuest for Adults, a spiritual development retreat of the Virlina District, scheduled for March 18-20, 2022 at Camp Bethel. Let us pray that participants will gain a deeper spirituality and greater commitment to the cause of Christ.
March 20, 2022 -
Pray for Daniel H. Naff, who began as Food Service Director for Camp Bethel in Fincastle, Virginia on November 1, 2021. Let us pray that the ministries of Camp Bethel will be enhanced and multiplied for the glory of God.
March 27, 2022 -
Pray for those who are suffering from the effects of COVID-19 and those who grieve the loss of friends and families during the pandemic. Let us pray that we receive the strength to endure and the power to overcome difficult circumstances.
April 3, 2022 -
Pray for the safety of Marla Abe, an ordained minister of the Lynchburg Church, as she goes on a teaching mission to Rwanda and Uganda from March 22 until April 7. Let us give thanks to God for the work and witness which we accomplish together.
April 10, 2022 -
Pray for the nation and people of Ukraine whose nationhood and lives are being changed, endangered or lost by acts of violence, hatred and war. Let us pray that all nations and people will come to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
April 17, 2022 -
Pray for Kathleen Pinard, who began as Program Director for Camp Bethel in Fincastle, Virginia on March 15, 2022. Let us pray that the ministries of Camp Bethel will be enhanced and multiplied for the glory of God.
April 24, 2022 -
Pray for Jason D. Pratt, who has served ten years as pastor of the Fairview Church of the Brethren in Floyd County, Virginia. Let us pray that we will embrace anew the ministry of proclamation in word and deed wherever we are.
May 1, 2022 -
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 8, 2022 -
Pray for Carlton R. Hodges, pastor of the Red Hill Church in Roanoke County, Virginia, who anticipates his 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.
May 15, 2022 -
Pray for Terry R. Johnson, who has served ten years as pastor of the Troutville/New Bethel Church in Botetourt County, Virginia. Let us support, encourage and pray for those who undertake set-apart ministerial service.
May 22, 2022 –
Pray for the National Young Adult Conference (NYAC) scheduled for May 27-30, 2022 in Montreat, North Carolina. Let us give thanks for the devotion,m energy, giftedness, and skill that young adults bring to our shared discipleship!
May 29, 2022-
Pray for the students and staff of the Christian Growth Institute as they gather at the Buena Vista, Stone Church on June 4 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 5, 2022 -
Pray for the year-round staff, the summer staff, counselors and campers, as a reduced summer camping program begins on June 12 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 12, 2022 -
Pray for the meeting of the Virlina District Board scheduled to be held at the Crab Orchard Church in Raleigh County, West Virginia, on June 18. Let us glorify and honor God in the business of the church as well as in every aspect of life.
June 19, 2022 -
Pray for the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) as church buildings continue to be burned and persons kidnapped or murdered. Let us pray for those who are harassed and persecuted for their faith and witness.
June 26, 2022 -
Pray for the moderator, officers, delegates and attendees of the 235th Recorded Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren meeting in Omaha, Nebraska from July 10-14. Let us pray that our leaders, delegates and membership be given wisdom, discernment and insight as they serve Christ and the church.