Prayer Bulletin – October 15-21

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

 Prayer Discipline This Week:
We recommend you begin each daily prayer time with a Breath Prayer. It is prayed slowly and repeatedly until the truth of God’s word moves from your head to your heart.
Jesus Son of the highest God, Son of Mary, have mercy on us and fill us with compassion.
The idea is to pray with the attitude Jesus shows.

Prayer Focus This Week:

  • Pray that God may lead good nominees for the positions on Committees that are vacant .
  • Pray for fresh energy and joy to fill PSALTY ministers and their families in these challenging times.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to work through the life of Karla Wubbenhorst as she works hard to serve the Church Doctrine Committee in unity and truth.
  • Pray for those on the PSALT Courts Committee as they discern strategies to propose in enabling the church to remain faithful to a gospel stance.
  • Pray for the work of EFC in stemming the flow of Government intervention in the internal decisions of churches deciding on membership qualifications and policies.

Resources: 2 Corinthians 4:1-14 (NIV)
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of[c] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.

Prayer Bulletin – October 8-17

Prayer Discipline This Week:
We recommend you begin each daily prayer time with a Breath Prayer. It is prayed slowly and repeatedly until the truth of God’s word moves from your head to your heart.
Search me O God and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Prayer Focus This Week:

  • Pray that God may lead good candidates to be considered to serve as Moderator for the Assembly in June. We are thankful to know Peter Han is one good candidate who has been nominated.
  • Pray for Peter Bush our current Moderator to serve with humility and joy to lead the church to renewal and gracious and bold truth.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of the Church Doctrine Committee to be in unity and truth as they prepare reports to be considered by the church.
  • Pray for those on the PSALT leadership team as they commit time and energy to this important task. Pray they may be alerted to the scriptures that remind them that often a situation grows darker before the morning sun arises.
  • Pray for God to move the hearts of our Presbytery Reps to speak in a wise and timely manner on the divisive issues the church is facing.
  • Pray for the Clerks and the rest of the National Staff in the PCC will be empowered and led by the Holy Spirit.

Resources: Exodus 5:19-6:5
The Israelite overseers realized they were in trouble when they were told, “You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day.” When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them, and they said, “May the Lord look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.” God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself fully known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.

Prayer Bulletin – September 25 – October 1

Prayer Discipline This Week
We recommend you begin each daily prayer time this week with this prayer of St Augustine. Remember as you pray it that Jesus prays it with you and through you even as you pray through Him.

“God our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to you honour and glory.” – Saint Augustine

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray that PSALT supporters may grow in numbers and in deep conviction.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to increase wisdom and strength in Martin Kreplin and the leadership team.
  • Give thanks for those who have served on the leadership team but have had to step back for personal and family reasons. Ask God to put a hedge of protection around them and the new leaders God has raised up to serve on the team.
  • Thank God for the effective partnerships among the Renewal Movements growing within the PCC.

Resources
Read Malcolm Gladwell’s book David and Goliath published by Back Bay Books. This book is more psychological than theological in form but gives brilliant insights into the situation and strategy our situation in today’s church demands.
Kirkus Reviews says, “Gladwell is not interested in simple formulas or templates for success. He aims to probe deeply into the nature of underdog-ness and explore why top dogs have long had such trouble with underdogs – in scholastic and athletic competitions, in the struggle for success or renown in all professions, and in insurgencies and counterinsurgencies the world over. … Gladwell rewards readers with moving stories, surprising insights, and consistently provocative ideas.”
1 Samuel 17:43-54 (NIV)
He (Goliath) said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath[f] and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp. David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem; he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent.

 

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