In times of crisis faith communities look to their core writings for a sense of direction and reassurance. Here are a few suggested texts that you may find useful at this strange and unnerving time:
Psalms 23, 27, 42, 46, 90, 91, 103, 130, 131, 139;
Isaiah 40, 41:10, 43:1–7, 65;
Mark 4:35–41, 9:14–29 especially verse 24;
2 Corinthians – the entire first half of the book to chapter 6 verse 13;
Do also remember such key texts as The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13) and The Apostles’ Creed which you can find online.
These Biblical texts and others can be found at www.biblegateway.com
You can also find appropriate prayer resources on the PCI website
A prayer for such a time as this:
God of love, your Son brought healing to the sick, and hope to the despairing.
We pray for all who suffer pain or bear the burden of illness. Give them the strength and comfort of your presence, and surround them with your restoring power. May they know the fellowship of Christ, who bore pain and suffering for us and at the last won victory over death. Bless those who share with Christ a healing ministry; doctors, nurses, researchers and support staff. Use their expertise and empathy to relieve suffering, conquer disease and restore to health once more. May you crown their efforts with success and strengthen our nerve to face our fears and a future beyond our ultimate control. In this time of deep uncertainty, we pray for those whose task it is to make momentous decisions affecting so many that they may have your Spirit’s wisdom and stamina to serve the common good. And where concerns about people’s livelihoods are real and urgent we pray for appropriate measures to allay fears and provide necessary security. And all this we ask through Jesus Christ our Living Lord. Amen.
In response to the ongoing challenges we have pre–recorded our Sunday morning worship service which can be viewed online by clicking the ‘Play’ button below at the normal start time of 10.30am each Sunday.
Hillsborough Presbyterian Church (HPC) is situated in the heart of the village of Hillsborough about 3 miles from Lisburn and 12 miles from Belfast.
We hope this website reflects the friendly welcome we seek to extend to members and visitors alike at our services of public worship and in our various organisations.
If you have recently moved into this area or live slightly further afield and are looking for a church family to become a part of, we assure that you will be made very welcome at all our church activities. We trust that whoever you are you will feel at home among us and enjoy the fellowship our worship services and other activities offer you.
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Morning Worship Video link – available from 10:30am Sunday 21st February
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID–19) epidemic all regular meetings of our church organisations and other intended special events have been cancelled until further notice.
Standing order mandate