Prayer Bulletin – June 17-23

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

Dear Psalty Supporters,
Summer comes upon us, and yet, the weather seems to fluctuate at random. It sounds like the seasons in the church: hot when it should be cool and cold when it should be mild. It is confusing and off-putting, and yet, the good news is that God is sovereign, and so, we can be confident that we are in good hands and that all things can be turned to His good purpose as we pray with hope and trust.

Resources: Jonah 3:10-4:11

When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”
But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”
“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”
But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?” (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week

Begin each day’s prayer time with this prayer by John Calvin:
Grant, almighty God, that as there is so much timidity in us that none of us is prepared to follow where you may call us, we may be instructed by the example of your servant Jonah, so as to prepare ourselves for thorough obedience, and that though Satan and the world may oppose us with all their terrors, we may yet be strengthened by a reliance on thy power and protection, which thou hast promised to us, and may go on in the course of our vocation , and never turn aside, but thus contend with all the hindrances of this world, until we reach with thee, and Christ, thy only-begotten Son, who is our strength and our salvation; and may thy Spirit quicken us and strengthen all our faculties, that we may obey thee, and that at length thy name may be glorified in us, and that we may finally become partakers of that glory to which thou invitest us through Christ our only Lord. Amen.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray that in these troubled times, you will live the grace that acknowledges anger but does not give in to sin.
  • Pray that we will be bold to share the gospel.
  • Pray that the Committee of Past Moderators will be quickly formed and that they will be Spirit-led both in the way that they work together and in the good news recommendations that they bring to next year’s Assembly.
  • Pray for a hunger and love of Scripture to take hold in all our Presbyterian congregations and in the land.

Prayer Bulletin – June 10 – 16

Dear Psalty Supporters,
Thanks be to God for his generosity and power. General Assembly is over for another year and so “let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4: 6)

Resources: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-16

Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Prayer Discipline This Week

Please pray daily for the prayer concerns listed below.
Pray in an attitude of thanksgiving remembering the words of Scripture: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray with thanksgiving that the worship and sermons at Assembly were edifying and Spirit-led. Pray that the enthusiastic word preached by Rev. Germaine Lovelace of the Renewal Fellowship will be remembered and refocus the church in its initial commission!
  • Thank God for answering our prayers to raise up a new chair for the Psalt Leadership team. Pray for Paul Johnson as he takes up this task following Assembly.
  • Thank God that many Psalty commissioners left Assembly encouraged that a new committee composed of past moderators is tasked with seeking God’s leading in finding a way to be faithful to God’s will and the unity of the church.
  • Pray often and in earnest that this committee will be Spirit-led and that the whole Assembly exercise with its intense feeling may be converted to high energy for evangelism and the making of new disciples.

Prayer Bulletin – June 3 – 9

Dear Psalty Supporters,
Today is the day! Today General Assembly begins its deliberations on matters that will determine the future directions of our denomination. Today we have an important responsibility to uphold their deliberations so that only the will of God to bless us will succeed.

Resources: Hebrews 4:1-13

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.

Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

    “So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”

And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”

Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:

    “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week:

Please pray twice daily for the prayer concerns listed below.
You may choose to pray with others at 7:14 a.m. and p.m. Read 2 Chronicles 7:14 as you begin your prayer time.
Pray knowing that Jesus our great high priest prays with us.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray that the sermon preached by outgoing moderator Peter Bush will turn the commissioner’s hearts to seek God deeply and faithfully in all their decisions.
  • Pray that God will lead the new Moderator, The Rev. Daniel Cho, in fairness and faithfulness as he leads the General Assembly.
  • Thank God for answering our prayers to raise up a new chair for the PSALT Leadership team.
  • Pray for God’s peace and wisdom to be with all commissioners and especially those who are first time commissioners.
  • Pray for shalom to be with PSALTY commissioners and for them to leave Assembly encouraged by the way our church is heading.