January 2022


Give me some good news, please!                                                            Saturday 1st to Saturday 8th January

‘Once again the star appeared to them, guiding them towards Bethlehem… It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house where the child and his mother, Mary, were and they fell down before him and worshipped him.  Matthew 2:9-11 (NLT)

At the last Gents Zoom Group a member of the group kept repeating his request, ‘please give me some good news for the New Year!’ But as each new topic emerged this person would have to repeat, ‘please give me some good news for the New Year!!’ We tend to collapse the Christmas story into one day – but the Wise Men only arrived in Bethlehem 10-15 days after Jesus birth. Mary and Joseph had already gone to the temple in Jerusalem for the ritual ceremonies surrounding Mary and her new child. They had returned to a house (now that the census crowds had gone) in Bethlehem. Now the Wise Men following the Star appear and are filled with joy! Good News! They met God’s Son, the Saviour and King of all Creation!

Pray for good news! Throughout this week as you listen to ‘The News’ take time to pray for the topics you see and hear told – so few will be about good news. There are so many climate disasters and never-ending conflicts, with so many millions living in dire, endless poverty and disease that it is difficult to escape the plight of our world. Hold on to the joy of the Wise Men – the Saviour is born! God is working through His plan of salvation – as you see and hear each day’s news, bring the situation and the people to Him in prayer.

Remember - Pray that a new year will bring new beginnings. Fresh eyes, to see God’s wonderful creation and where and how we have made it go wrong. Fresh hands, to help put things right. Fresh minds, to understand the problems the world faces and our part in them. Fresh hearts, to care for others as we do for ourselves. Fresh hope, knowing that, with God’s help, we can make a difference.

From Christian Aid – ‘Thank you, Incarnate God, For the good news of Christmas. For the news that dispels fear of the future, News that disrupts the status quo, That brings hope despite despair, Amazement and wonder. For news that is truly full of awe, we give you thanks. May this Good News silence all other news today. Amen, and thanks be to God.


Be a STAR!                                                                                                    Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th   January 

‘Once again the star appeared to them, guiding them towards Bethlehem It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house where the child and his mother, Mary, were and they fell down before him and worshipped him.  Matthew 2:9-11 (NLT)

The star led them to Jesus! Here is the mission of every church and every Christian – to be a star! To point people to Jesus! To help them discover the Saviour of the World, the King of all Creation! The wise men played their part – they were already seeking! Here is our encouragement – the people you will point to Him, are already seeking Him! Go on – spot those who are seeking, and be a star! A member of our church told me last week that by befriending a person in the town and helping them play a musical instrument – the person was led into Church, fellowship and faith! We can all be stars!!

Pray for Cambusbarron – there are so many activities go on in the village – pray we may find ways to work with and socialise with our community and pray our lives and faith may point many to a fuller life in Jesus.

Pray for our minister Graham and family – refresh him constantly, encourage him as he leads us and points us to Christ and to a fullness of Christian living that makes us all - effective in our mission of leading people to their Saviour.  Give thanks for the way in which Shona, Alyssa, Chloe and Jamie contribute to and enrich the Church family and our worship services – pray for God’s blessing on them all.

Pray for the leadership in our church – pray we may know the ways in which we can most effectively serve our Lord and our community. Pray God will show us how we can invest in activities that result in people in the community coming to faith and meeting their Saviour.  Pray as a church we may truly point to Jesus - where Salvation lies!

Pray we may know how to give! The Wise Men brought gifts – gifts that expressed worship, thanksgiving and investment! Pray God will show us how He would like us to give our money, time and talents to His service this year! Pray about how you are contributing and using what God has given you!

Give thanks for the work in ‘Wellbeing’!  Give thanks for the guidance given to us to focus on and invest in the elderly, the housebound and the lonely! Give thanks for Angela and Norman and the Tuesday Group that has been such a blessing to so many. Pray for many to catch the vision of this work such that they offer their talents and time to get involved! Just as the heavens are populated with many stars – may Cambusbarron be blessed with many stars pointing our community to the Saviour!       


Ah - now we know!!                                                                             Sunday 16th to Saturday 22nd January

‘No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart; he has told us about him.’ John 1: 18 (NLT)

 Many people say, ‘I would believe in God if only he would show himself!’ But He has! Jesus was God revealing Himself through His Son who was God! His main message was, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life.’ John 3:16 (NLT) Jesus has told us about God and His intentions to save the world! The disciples (see next page) were given the mission of passing on the Good News of salvation to everyone! All subsequent generations have had the same mission and now at least one third of the world is Christian!! Now it is our turn to tell others what we know about God – and His saving grace!

Pray for everyone telling out the Good News in every part of the world. In other words, pray for the Good News to be heard everywhere.

Pray for the Church of Scotland (CofS) churches and their people. Pray for the Moderator of the General Assembly, the CEO of CofS and the leaders and managers of the different departments. As the CofS membership is in decline pray God will give clarity to the mission and work of CofS churches as they seek to rise to the challenge of change. Pray for vision, for clarity of message, for a movement of God’s Spirit amongst our people and our communities. Pray we may refreshed and renewed. Pray for the changes taking place in the reduction in the number of Presbyteries through the enlargement of the size of Presbyteries. Give thanks for the increased number of people who have been training for the ministry. Pray for them as they enter into their calling and follow Jesus commission tell others of God, His Son and our Salvation!

Pray for a return to faith amongst the people of Scotland. 

Pray for young families in our church. Give thanks for the small team of gifted people who teach the children every Sunday and keep contact with them. Pray for families in our church. Encourage them by increasing the number of families and pray we may be able to support them in fellowship. Pray for the Primary School – face-to-face contact with the School is not permitted under current COVID rules. Pray the teachers and pupils may be kept safe. Give thanks for the opportunity for Graham to contribute their virtual assembly/Christmas service. Pray for creative ways for the church to stay connected and for the SU club to restart soon.

Pray for those leading and attending the open prayer sessions in the church each week – may they be encouraged. Give thanks for the work of the ladies in the Knit and Natter group. Pray they may be enriched by fellowship with each other and by the fruits of their labour in His name!


Pass on the News!                                                                                       Sunday 23rd to Monday 31st January

‘I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)

There is a well-known story of a missionary who took the Good News of Jesus, God’s Son and our Saviour, to a tribe in Africa in the 17th Century. When they heard ‘the Good News’ the tribal chief asked, ‘What took you so long to come and tell us??’ Knowing Jesus tells us so much about God and His great plan of Salvation – and we are charged with passing on the Good News and telling the world about Him. Our mission is to speak about Him and what He has revealed of God!  We can be ‘stars’ and lead people to faith here – but others are called to share this Good News across the world! Part of our mission is to pray for them.  

Pray for Keith and Ida and family! It was a joy to share time with them near Christmas. Give thanks for their faithful ministry over so many years and rejoice in their relentless commitment to serve in Zambia well into their retirement. Pray for all their work in education and health – support them by asking God to hear their prayers and as they point people to Jesus may they be filled with joy as people find HIM! Pray for their family who are also so committed to living and working in Africa. Please use their Prayer Letter found on our website at

Pray for Joel and Fiona Hafvenstein and their children, Caleb and Isaac in their work for the United Mission to Nepal (UMN). Their work amongst outreach communities in Nepal requires the trust of the local people and the Government.  They hope to return to their work in January if given permission. Pray for the Projects of UMN that are vital contributions to the health, education and development of outlying areas of Nepal. Pray for sufficient vaccines to be available in Nepal.

Give thanks! There is much to fill us with joy!  Give thanks for the work of scientists who are discovering the mysteries of God’s creation and harnessing them to deliver defences against viruses! Give thanks for the people of our world who constantly care for others – NHS staff, care home staff, carers, emergency services staff, family carers, volunteer organisations that deliver medical aid and show personal love and commitment to the people living in the troubled places in our world. Be filled with the joy that comes from upholding them before God in prayer!