RP churches around the world have set aside Lord’s Day 2nd October as a day of prayer. The focus this year is on the need for elders. Flyers with prayer points will be available for each of your congregations.

There will also be an online prayer time (on zoom) hosted by the RP Global Alliance on Saturday 1st October, prior to the day of prayer. The online prayer time is set to take place at 12pm UTC. If you’d like to know what time it will be in your timezone, check out this post: https://rpglobalalliance.org/2022/09/23/online-prayer-time/

We hope this will be a time of mutual encouragement as brothers and sisters from around the world gather to pray. To RSVP and receive the zoom link so you can take part, email: canadanews@rpglobalalliance.org

A copy of the flyer can be found below, for those of you who wish to take part in the online prayer time but have not yet received your printed copy.

RP Global Day of Prayer
Sunday 2nd October
The Need for Elders
11 Churches with NO local ruling elders
14 churches where each ruling elder is responsible for 40+ members
20 churches with only one local ruling elder
50 churches planning ruling elder elections
80 new ruling elders desired by the churches  Numbers based on 117 responses received from 158 RP Churches globally.
GIVE THANKS:
that during the past 300 years, the Lord Jesus has called and equipped men to lead this part of the Bride that has become the RP Church.
for the invaluable ministry of ruling elders in the RP church worldwide, in supporting their teaching elders and labouring with them in the pastoral care of God’s people through visits to the elderly, ill and bereaved, teaching and discipling God's people by their instruction and example, participating in church discipline, and leading public worship when required.  PRAY FOR: 
God to burden the church to pray for labourers of the harvest field, especially at this time for ruling elders, (Matthew 9:35-38)
parents seeking to fulfill their baptismal vows and nurture their children in Godliness, that their sons might aspire to the office of elder (1 Timothy 3:1)
the Word of God as it is preached, that it will help men to grow in Christian maturity and be granted a servant heart like the Lord Jesus. (Matthew 11:29, Luke 22:24-27)
sessions to seek to provide specific opportunities for men to develop and prove their character (1 Peter 5:1-5), competence (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9) and courage (Acts 20:28-35) in preparation for this Biblical office. 
participation in Christian service (mission teams, camps etc) that will develop gifts in our young people and impart a vision for greater service in Christ’s church.  PRAY THAT GOD WOULD GRANT YOU:
a burden to pray for your ruling elders regularly. (Hebrew 13:18)
a respect for the elders God has placed over you. (I Thessalonians 5:12,13)
a willingness to submit cheerfully as Christ commands. (Hebrew 13:18)
a heart desire to your ruling elders example, as they follow the Lord's example, (Hebrew 13:17)
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