Prayer Bulletin – December 9 – 15

If you have prayer concerns that you wish to have considered, please send them to Rev. Calvin Brown <cbbrown@bell.net>.

Dear Psalty Supporters,
In some traditions the second week of Advent carries the focus on the prophets and Jesus fulfilling the role of Prophet above all prophets. We often hear of Him as King of kings and Lord of Lords, but less often as Prophet of prophets, and yet, this is a vital part of the Messiah’s ministry. This week, I invite you to reflect on His role as Prophet above all prophets and your role today as an imitator of Jesus in this role. Ask yourself, “What does Jesus invite me to do and say in this role?”
What word from the Lord does Jesus bring for our time and situation?

Resources: Isaiah 11:1-10 (NIV)

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[d] together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.

Prayer Discipline This Week

Begin each prayer time with this breath prayer. Jesus, Prophet above all prophets, speak to my heart and mind and by Your Spirit give to me the truth that sets Your people free.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray for those who are in sexual confusion.
  • Pray for those preparing reports to General Assembly around the human sexuality issue and other important matters.
  • Thank God for an answer to prayer. James Hurd is an excellent candidate for General Assembly Moderator and has consented to let his name stand as a candidate for Moderator.
  • Thank God for those at Assembly Council and in other committees of the church willing to boldly speak the truth in love.

Prayer Bulletin – December 2 – 8

Dear Psalty Supporters,
Happy New Year!
I refer of course to the church’s New Year not the secular one. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent and the first day of the church’s new year. And what is the church’s traditional focus as we make a new beginning? It is the Advent (coming) of Christ. It is not simply the remembering that He came once as a Babe to save us, but we focus also on the expectant coming again in full glory. The mood of the season is HOPE but it would be just as appropriate if it were FEAR. Who dares to presume that we as individuals or as a church will be ready to receive Him and not fall instead among those judged as unprepared like the goats in the story that Jesus told to prepare His disciples for the day of judgment? Just in case anyone has forgotten, we still have hope, since He has grace to pardon the repentant. The church’s lectionary encourages us to read Luke 21:25-36. It is both sobering and encouraging to reflect on it. Meditate on the passage and ask if you have even a little bit experienced the “feelings” that the text was intended to evoke. If you haven’t, then reflect on how real Advent is to you or to your congregation or to the whole PCC.

Resources: Luke 21:25-36

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
“Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week

Begin each prayer time by reflecting on these words found in Luke’s gospel.
People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. (Luke 21:26-27)

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray the PCC will be ready with hope for the return of Jesus.
  • Pray for all the decisions of the General Assembly and its committees and congregations to be made in the reality of Advent.
  • Pray for God to work the choosing of a new Associate Secretary of Justice Ministries that would walk closely with Him in leading the church to advocate for things that reflect God’s desires.
  • Pray also for good selection for a Program Co-coordinator in the Justice Ministry.
  • Pray that excellent and orthodox candidates will be presented for the office of Moderator of the General Assembly.

Prayer Bulletin ­November 25 – December 1

Dear Psalty Supporters,
We are on the edge of Advent – the wonder of anticipation for the coming kingdom of God. It is the coming of Christ – first and last – it is the season of hope. Yet apart from the Holy Spirit, we have no hope, only wishful thinking or powerless optimism. Thankfully, Paul reminds us that our hope is not powerless or baseless. “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5 NIV) Let us sense the Holy Spirit at work within us in these Advent days so that we may know Jesus in a closer way and be empowered as covenanted agents of God’s kingdom.

Resources: Romans 5:1-6

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week
Begin each prayer time with this Covenant Renewal Prayer:

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to possess and invade the hearts and minds of everyone in the PCC so that we may please God in all that we do and rejoice in the hope given to all believers.
  • Pray for deepening in the prayer lives of the PSALT prayer warriors.
  • Pray for insight and energy as new leaders are added to the PSALT Leadership Team.
  • Pray for Jonathon Dent as he leads the PSALT communications network.