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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
One of the richest things about the PCC is the recognition that we are not all the same. We have different personalities and different gifts to bring to the table. Until recently, it could also be said that we had a strong and unified shared faith as well, although at the last Assembly, a head of one of the committees made it clear and entered into the official minutes that we do not any longer share a common faith or a common authority other than ecclesiastical authority. There has been an unchallenged (and therefore accepted if not altogether authorized) change in what we hold as non-negotiables. That Jesus is the only king and head of the church was once uncontested in every way, but now it seems that it is negotiated as the need arises.

What made the PCC strong was that we recognized differences in style, personality, and ways of doing things. Our common faith and belief unified us in ways stronger than any other tie. That is no longer the case, and we see everywhere the ravages of a church no longer unified and perhaps not even led by the same Spirit.

So, while I rejoice in the acceptance of diversity and the richness it brings, I also at the same time mourn the loss of that which made us strongest. I invite you to come before God in earnest prayer that we may recover the faith that once made us strong and relevant. We have put as first the celebration of diversity but have neglected the backbone of what made us upstanding to support a healthy diversity. As Jesus mourns for His church when He cries out that they have left their first love, so also He calls out to us to return to our first love so that all the other blessings and giftedness may return to us as well.

Resource: 1 Corinthians 12: 4-12

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

Prayer Discipline This Week
Begin each prayer time with the breath prayer:

  • O Lord come quickly to help us.
  • Prayer Focus This Week

    • Pray that the moderator candidate whom God chooses through the church may be true, discerning, and committed to the doctrine of the Lord.
    • Pray for the report of the Assembly Council, which recently proposed that the resource guide to the courts of the church regarding process on amalgamations and dissolution of congregations be upgraded to policy, be scrutinized so the church’s mission will be advanced.
    • Pray that the PCC will develop an attitude of grace and wisdom as it determines a policy regarding gracious dismissal.
    • Pray that a way may be found to protect the consciences of all members of the PCC as we wrestle with the outcome of Remits B and C.
    • Pray that the PSALT group and the Renewal Fellowship will be used effectively by God in renewing the PCC in faithfulness and energy.

    Prayer Bulletin – January 5 – 11, 2020

    Dear Psalty Supporters,

    Paul tells Timothy to stay with the church in Ephesus and teach those who were in error. He wrote, “As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths.” (1 Timothy 1:3-4 NIV) There are some in the church even today who have twisted the truth to confuse the church. We are to be careful not to judge their motives harshly since God alone truly knows their hearts. Perhaps like some people in today’s church, they sincerely want to show love as the prime motivation and so they do not want to criticize any action or exercise godly discipline which can be seen as harshness. But if done rightly, discipline is in fact an act of love also motivated by compassion. The difficulty is that in their compassion, they have had to compromise the sincere faith based on Scripture that reveals the mind of God about what is okay and what is on the road that leads to ruin.

    As we pray for one another and the peace of the church, let us ask God to do what is humanly impossible in us. Let us ask Him to lead us to such compassion for one another that we submit ourselves totally to God’s way until we cry tears of sorrow for one another and that we pray for the supreme truth and righteousness to make us all holy servants of the most high God.

    Resource: 1 Timothy 1:5-12

    The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

    We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers–and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

    I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.

    Prayer Discipline This Week

    Begin each prayer time with this breath prayer: Restore to me the joy of my salvation.

    Prayer Focus This Week

    • Pray for the moderator candidates to be led by God as they offer themselves in the service of Christ’s church.
    • Pray for those who are caught up in faulty human wisdom and misled to sinful deeds.
    • Pray that we may have greater compassion for those we disagree with and be gracious to sinners (including ourselves).
    • Pray that whatever the outcome of the Barrier Act decisions on the remits under consideration, God will triumph in a way that He will be honoured.

    Prayer Bulletin – December 29, 2019 – January 4, 2020

    Dear Psalty Supporters,
    The ultimate wisdom is to know that Jesus Christ is the true wisdom of God. “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Wise men reject the cross, Paul tells us, and they are in fact foolish because they lose their salvation. I once knew a man who was of very low or average intelligence but he was a faithful believer and had chosen to walk in the way of faith and obedience. He seemed to many to be wise and avoided many griefs that others found themselves in as they schemed and chose to follow their own understanding rather than God’s. It is a good lesson to acknowledge and obey the wisdom of Jesus if we, too, want to avoid the folly of being too clever by one half with the wisdom of men.

    Resource: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

    For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

    Prayer Discipline This Week

    Begin each prayer time with this breath prayer: “Wear me as a seal upon your heart for love is as strong as death.” (Song of Solomon 8:6)

    Prayer Focus This Week

    • Pray for presbyteries as they name nominees for various important national church committees.
    • Pray for those who are caught up in faulty human wisdom and misled to sinful deeds.
    • Pray for governments in our land as they create policies and laws to benefit the people.
    • Pray that the remits before the presbyteries will not pass but will offer the church another opportunity to seek God’s plan for our future.