Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?
It's Thanksgiving week, and we have a lot to be thankful for here at Wheatstone. Psalm 113 helps us make our gratitude more expansive, because it shows how God is God in the highest is also the God who stoops down into the "ash heaps" of our lives to raise us up. He's worthy of all gratitude, because he's above everything, and because he stoops down to join us in the lowest places. Thanks for joining us in prayer!
Here are this week's specific requests and praises:
Give thanks to God with us for our first successful Gathering! Leaders called the event "life giving" and "refreshing and beautiful." Leaders gave thanks to God for "the Spirit filled leadership of Wheatstone" and "God's hand on this ministry."
Events - Pray for our upcoming events in December, including our first full Teach them to Pray training event. We'll also be bringing our keynote talk, "The Beauty of Christian Adulthood" to brand new communities the week after Thanksgiving
End of the Year - Pray for our final meetings to finalize Spring and Fall 2016 events. It's going to be a great year of ministry!
Barnabas Group Presentations - We continue to connect with those that heard Peter's presentation. We pray for continued exposure to those interested and in need of our ministry. Praise God, and pray for continued favor!
Advocates - Continue to Pray for the quick growth of the new Advocates Team. Also, pray as we work to offer Wheatstone message in a clear and compelling way. We hope to convey the message to audiences that have yet to hear.
December Together - Our annual end-of-year campaign is coming up next week! Pray for God's help as we seek to raise $20,000 for next year's big initiatives.
Academy Director - Veronica's first day is next Tuesday! Praise him for bringing her to Wheatstone and pray for a good beginning.
Family Ministry - Pray for a new Advisory Group forming to help us craft the direction of our year-round ministry to parents and grandparents over the coming year. The first meeting is next Monday!
2016 Budget Planning - We're in the midst of planning for 2016, and that includes our ministry operating budget. Pray for wisdom and insight as we plan and consider the end of the year, and for the upcoming year.
Today, we focused on this passage to help us pray:
Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!