O LORD our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
Thank you for praying with us this week.
It's been a tough few weeks for the extended Wheatstone community. Many are grieving, or lonely, or confused. It's good to carry their pains with them, and to offer those pains to God.
This week's Psalm highlights God's holiness and omnipotence, along with the beautiful complexity of his relationship to his people. That relationship characterized by both fear and praise, and by both forgiveness and vengeance. In God, those qualities do not cancel each other out. He's big enough to answer for the whole world.
In the context of our community's pains, we find comfort in that bigness. Only in God can both mercy and justice or both joy and sorry be expressed fully without cancelling each other. He's big enough.
Here are our requests and praises for this week:
Three Private Events this week - This week we have two Discussion for Transformation events and one Teach Them to Pray event. Pray for the leaders we'll be serving and that these methods would take deep root in these communities. We'll send reports next week!
Holiness Training - Pray for Peter and Chad as they develop Wheatstone's next new training event this spring. Note: We've switched the order of our next two training releases. We were going to release Community Training in the spring and Holiness Training in the fall. Now, they're switched. Holiness Training is called From Duty to Discipleship and it's in writing stage now.
Summer Camp Early Enrollment - This is the most important registration season of our year. Please pray that God would bring 60 people to register by the end of March!
Summer Camp Hiring - We opened hiring for this summer's camp. Pray that God would bring the right applicants, and that we'd have wisdom to discern who they are throughout the hiring process.
Alumni Ministry - Pray for the new Alumni Advisory Board, in the process of being formed. Pray that God would put the right people on the team for this important beginning.
Family Ministry - We had our second big meeting last week, and the direction for ministry to parents and grandparents is forming! Please pray for continued wisdom among the parents and grandparents collaborating with Veronica on this important ministry expansion.
New Office - The search continues for the next home for Wheatstone, starting April. Please pray the Lord open doors to the unique needs and opportunities for greater ministry capacity. Our short search has already provided possibilities. We pray that we enter this transition smoothly and with necessary finances.
Benefactors and Monthly Givers - Pray for many new committed friends in 2016. We can't grow without an expanded base of benefactor and monthly giver support!
Sponsorship Campaign - We want to reach more families in lower-income communities than ever before, and that will require a bigger Sponsorship Fund than ever before. Pray that God would move many, many people to help extend the gift of Wheatstone to youth who otherwise couldn't experience it.
Today we studied this Psalm to help us pray:
The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The LORD is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name!
Holy is he!
The King in his might loves justice.
You have established equity;
you have executed justice
and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt the LORD our God;
worship at his footstool!
Holy is he!
Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
Samuel also was among those who called upon his name.
They called to the LORD, and he answered them.
In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them;
they kept his testimonies
and the statute that he gave them.
O LORD our God, you answered them;
you were a forgiving God to them,
but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
Exalt the LORD our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for the LORD our God is holy!