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Dear Psalty Supporters:
Scripture warns us that not only must we believe in good but also we must do good by walking in the way of love and purity. Rather than with inappropriate or coarse things, we need to have lives filled with thanksgiving. Rather than foolish things, we need to sing songs of thanksgiving which focuses our minds and hearts on what Paul in Philippians 4 urges us, so that we can be edified in the Spirit. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Resource: Ephesians 5:1-20

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person – such a person is an idolater – has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. … Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week
Begin each prayer time by singing aloud, prayerfully, and giving thanksgiving for God’s holiness, in the words of R. Heber’s wonderful affirmation of faith:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty.
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee,
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty,
God in three persons blessed Trinity!

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray that the Assembly Council meeting March 2-3 would be given holy wisdom as they deal with overtures concerning gracious dismissal and related topics.
  • Pray that the Psalt Leadership Team will be Spirit-led as they seek the new thing that God wants to do in and through the PCC.

Prayer Bulletin – February 23 – 29, 2020

Dear Psalty Supporters:
In his letter to the Galatians, Paul seeks to restore those who got off track from the Gospel revealed to him. He tells of times when he spoke clearly – and some thought harshly – but he says that his aim is to speak gently so that those he addresses will be able to hear. In the current dilemma in the church, I pray that we all will try to speak gently, hoping to find ways that we can be graciously open to the whole truth shared with one another. He is aware that correcting others puts himself in danger of sinning if he comes from a place of arrogance rather than of humility. We are to try to understand and empathize with the burden of each position. The bottom line is that God will be the final judge, and what we sow in action, words, and attitudes will determine the final outcome. He concludes with this advice on how to behave: Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. It seems to me to be a good time in our lives to take this counsel to heart.

Resource: Galatians 6:1-10

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week
Begin each prayer time with this Scripture prayer: Father, I pray today especially for those who find themselves in a dark place, who see no light on the horizon, who feel the hot blast from fiery trials, who see no relief in sight. Change this painful place into their hiding place where You are near, where You are real…Calm their fears. Quiet their spirits. Amen. (Charles Swindoll)

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray that the actions of presbyteries still to vote on the remits will submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading.
  • Pray for the Psalt Leadership Team to work well with the Renewal Fellowship to be led by God in winsome ways to bless the whole church.

Prayer Bulletin – February 16 – 22, 2020

Dear Psalty Supporters:
It is important at all times that we remember whose we are – who we belong to – and whom we are to serve. We may have several leaders we give service to and see in some sense in a leadership role but there can be only one ultimate Lord whom we obey above all others. The simple confession of the early church was to acknowledge JESUS IS LORD. We are messengers of the unchanging Gospel who knows as Paul declares he knew: We are sent NOT from men nor by a man but by Jesus Christ and God the Father…
We may be servants of the church but we are servants at the command of our Master and no one else. We serve them not even as they like at times but as God commands us. We are not subject first to the state, or to the ecclesial institutions, or to the congregation that pays our salary. We are obedient to carry the message given us by our Lord Jesus. It is as we live in that truth that we will experience the same grace and peace that Paul knew came to him from God.
I invite you to reflect on Paul’s letter to the Galatians and God’s Word to us.

Resource: Galatians 1:1-12

Paul, an apostle — sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead– and all the brothers and sisters with me,
To the churches in Galatia:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’;s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
I want you to know, brothers and sisters that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week
Begin each prayer time with the Scripture prayer: Holy God hear our prayers and speak to us by Your Spirit as we declare, “My soul finds rest you alone O God.”

Prayer Focus This Week

  • May all our words bring glory to God and freedom to His people.
  • Pray that the actions of West Toronto Presbytery, which had a close vote to accept the remits from Assembly, with the Moderator casting the vote breaking decisive ballot to bring the national count to over 50%, not discourage those trusting in God to work His righteous will in the church.
  • Pray for Psalty commissioners to General Assembly to have calm, simple, prayerful, and positive messages that they speak and that their words will be effective to work for God’s pleasure.
  • Pray that holy wisdom will guide and energize the Psalt Leadership Team and various committees working to strengthen the life of Christ within the church as they seek a new way to respond to the human sexuality issue dividing the church.