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

A word of encouragement to those tired out:
“I will keep the ground that God has given me and perhaps in his grace He will ignite me again. But ignite me or not, in his grace and in his power, I will hold the ground.” – John Knox

Dear Psalty Supporters:
To connect to Jesus is to learn how to pray with persistence. We sometimes are discouraged because our prayers do not seem to be answered in a quick manner. But when they are not answered when and how we want, we need to remember that God is good all the time. He is also all wise and all knowing. So, we need to hold onto the fact that His ways are above our ways because He sees the complete picture and we see only in part at the best of times. The story that Jesus tells to encourage the first disciples to keep on praying is the story of the unjust judge and the persistent widow who doesn’t stop asking that the right thing be done. In the end, just to end her asking, the judge grants her what everyone knew was true justice. Jesus says that if that can happen with an unjust judge, how quickly do we think that God will act when He is petitioned for justice? The answer is just as soon as it is the wise and right thing to do so that we can see the coming of the kingdom of God.

Resources: Luke 18:1-8

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week
Begin each prayer time with the prayer hymn by John Calvin: “Thou art the life, by which alone we live, and all our substance and our strength receive; sustain us by thy faith and by thy power, and give us strength in every trying hour.” (BP 678 v. 3)

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray that many people will read and agree with the material sent out and posted on the PSALT webpage.
  • Pray for presbyteries as they prayerfully consider their responses to this year’s Remits concerning human sexuality which are due at 50 Wynford Drive in early April.
  • Pray for the current Moderator and pray for God’s guidance in the nominating of the next Moderator, who will preside at the vital next General Assembly.
  • Although the devil intends the current divisions in the church to break us apart, pray that God will use it for good to enable us all to examine our commitments and priorities and to see a great revival come to our church and nation.

Prayer Bulletin – October 13 – 19, 2019

Dear Psalty Supporters:
As I read about the disagreements between Paul and Barnabas, I regretted that they seemed unable to come to agreement about how best to solve their disagreement about how to carry on the gospel mission and who should be allowed to accompany them. Just a short time before, the church had had very strong differences about some practices between Jewish and Gentile converts, but had finally reached an agreed-upon practice. We as a church are in a similar situation but have not reached a conclusion on how we should proceed. Which story best describes our situation? Are we like the council of Jerusalem having reached a compromise that we can all live with, or are we like Paul and Barnabus who cannot agree to walk forward together within the mission of the church? I pray that we will not be too hasty in thinking that one way is the only way to proceed. Perhaps as in the early church, both have a time and a place. Maybe the best way is to separate for a while in the location and means of our mission. Maybe the best way to proceed is to allow for gracious dismissal. More than ever, we need to be led by the Spirit in prayer to discover the way that will bless God.

Resources: Acts 15:36-41

Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week

Begin each prayer time with this prayer for the sick found in Worship for the Way: Prayer for families:
Gracious God, you have called us to live in families and to bear each other’s sorrow and pain: you know how difficult that sometimes is. Grant us strength in the midst of exhaustion; love in the midst of frustration; hope when the way looks hopeless. Bless our efforts through the power of your Holy Spirit and keep us always in the grace and peace of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Thank God for all we have to be thankful for as a faith community in Canada, and pray that there will not be any further erosion of the freedom of public expression of that faith.
  • Thank God for those sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit who are leading the movement to reaffirm the authority of Scripture in our church.
  • Pray for the Regional Gathering in BC with the theme: What Now? Gathering. It will be held October 18th at the Best Western Plus in Kelowna. Please pray that the study materials sent out in advance may prove very helpful in guiding future planning and godly responses both to the upcoming voting on the Remits on Human Sexuality and action plans for the future dependent on the outcome of the vote.
  • Thank God that the majority of ethnic congregations in the PCC hold fast to the faith passed on to them from missionaries sent to introduce them to a personal relationship with Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

Prayer Bulletin – October 6 – 12, 2019

Dear Psalty Supporters:

There are some excellent and thought-provoking articles found on the Psalt webpage under the title Observations and Affirmations, and I recommend the good reading to help you to clarify your own thinking and to be able to share with others the reason for the faith that is in you.

The PCC is in rapid decline and seems desperate to find a fix. The problem is that only God is able to “fix” us. Sometimes, in seeking to work our own solution, we ask and expect the wrong thing. Like the lame beggar, we seek material help. We pray for money to meet budgets and people to fill pews, but what we need is to look to God and seek His healing in unexpected ways. Let us, like Peter, not despair because we can’t fix our lame church but let us readily admit our lack and seek through Jesus even more than we can confidently ask for or even imagine. As we seek God’s guidance to heal us, let us do as Scripture instructs: “Lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5b-6 NKJV)

Resources – Acts 3:1-10,25-26

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer–at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

You are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham. “Through your offspring all people on earth will be blessed.” When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways. (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week
Begin each prayer time reflecting on the words used by Augustine:
A Christian is a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps.

Pray that Christ would live in and through you as you pray.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Thank God for the effective meetings and high fellowship experienced in the recently held Psalty regional gatherings.
  • Thank God for the good reaffirmations that came from the Atlantic meeting held in Moncton on September 21.
  • Pray for the Regional Gathering in BC with the theme: “What Now? Gathering”. It will be held October 18 at the Best Western Plus in Kelowna. Pray that the study materials sent out in advance may prove very helpful in guiding both godly responses to the upcoming voting on the Remits on human sexuality and also action plans for the future, dependent on the outcome of the vote.
  • Thank God that the “Place to Stand” Conference held at Vaughan Community Church, September 28, was well attended by over 230 participants from 60 congregations and 20 Presbyteries.
  • Thank God for the strong leadership from the Eastern Han-Ca Presbytery and the clear presentation of their moderator and other speakers.