Prayer Bulletin – April 15 – 21

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

Dear Psalty Supporters,
We learn and grow spiritually if we are willing to reflect on lessons of the past, incorporate the truths, and apply them to our new time and place as we are led by the Spirit of God.

Prayer Discipline This Week

Begin your prayer time each day with this prayer prepared by John Calvin. He used it regularly before sharing his reflections on Scripture.

Pray: May the Lord grant that we may engage in contemplating the mysteries of His heavenly wisdom with real increasing devotion, to His glory and our edification. Amen.

Then, as you read, pray for God’s word to you to be revealed in and through the text.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray for Peter Bush as he completes his term as Moderator of the General Assembly.
  • Pray continually for the Moderator-Elect, Daniel Cho, as he prepares for the task of moderating the General Assembly and the year that follows as the representative of the PCC.
  • Pray with thanksgiving and refreshment for Martin Kreplin who has completed his term as chair of the PSALT leadership team.
  • Pray that God will raise up someone with energy and wisdom to take on the work of leading PSALT as Chair. Suggestions may be made to Calvin Brown <cbbrown@bell.net>. Nominees will be approached in the next two weeks. Ask God to lead those approached so that His choice may be chosen.
  • Pray for God to direct the PSALT Leadership and the Courts of the Church Committee as they prepare for the General Assembly.
  • Pray for a pre-Assembly gathering of PSALTY Commissions at Innnerkip PC on the Saturday preceding the opening of Assembly the first week of June at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo.
  • Give thanks for the good registration for the two connected conferences to be held at Vaughan Community Church, Thornhill, Ontario, on April 20 and 21. See psalt.info/thriving-in-babylon for details and to register.

Resources – 2 Peter 3:1-18

Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.

That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

Prayer Bulletin – April 8 – 14

Dear Psalty Supporters,
We are the baptized. As the Westminster Confession reminds us, it is not only enough to receive the sacrament to initiate the grace but we must live out our baptism. It is an awesome privilege and a humbling reality to be living out life to the full in the word of Jesus. This is best experienced in a life lived in prayer without ceasing as we engage with Christ and see His kingdom come and His will being done on earth as it is in heaven. (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week

Begin your prayer time each day with a breath prayer. Repeat the prayer a number of times until the truth of what you are saying becomes not only a part of your thinking but of your feeling as well.

Pray: Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love and He relents from sending calamity. (Joel 2:13)

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray for the new moderator-elect, Daniel Cho, as he prepares for the task of moderating the General Assembly and the year that follows as the representative of the PCC.
  • Pray that God will raise up someone with energy and wisdom to take on the work of leading PSALT as Chair. Suggestions may be made to Calvin Brown <cbbrown@bell.net>.
  • Pray for God to direct the PSALT leadership as they prepare for the General Assembly.
  • Pray for a good registration for the two spring conferences to be held at Vaughan Community Church, Thornhill, Ontario, on April 20 and 21. See psalt.info/thriving-in-babylon for details and to register.

Resources: Galatians 3:26-29

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (NIV)

Prayer Bulletin – April 1 – 7

Dear Psalty Supporters,
The day of resurrection, earth tell it out abroad! Today is resurrection day. The day we are reminded that our God cannot be underestimated. It is a day of big surprises and victory out of apparent hopelessness. Our inestimable God invites us to pray and make our requests know to Him. As we pray in faith and confidence, we will experience the full abundance of God. How happy to be part of this prayer fellowship!

Prayer Discipline This Week

Begin your prayer time each day with a breath prayer. Repeat the prayer a number of times until the truth of what you are saying becomes not only a part of your thinking but of your feeling as well.
Pray: O Lord almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in You.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray for various committees of the Church to be Spirit-led as they prepare their reports to the General Assembly to be held in June.
  • Pray for LGBTQ folk to be led by God into wholeness and peace.
  • Pray for God’s choice for Moderator of the General Assembly to be chosen as ballots are counted.
  • Pray that God will raise up someone with energy and wisdom to take on the work of leading PSALT as Chair. Suggestions may be made to Calvin Brown <cbbrown@bell.net>.
  • Give thanks to God for our outgoing chair Martin Kreplin for his faithfulness and excellent leadership.
  • Pray for a good registration for the two spring conferences to be held at Vaughan Community Church, Thornhill, Ontario, on April 20 and 21. See psalt.info/thriving-in-babylon for details and to register.

Resources – Jesus Has Risen – Matthew 28:1-10

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”