"O LORD, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him?"

 

Thanks for praying with us.

This week's Psalm (144) starts by blessing God, and ends by blessing the people whose God is the Lord. On its way from God to his people, it moves through many of the things that seem to stand in the way of bringing his blessing to them: human mortality and frailty, and enemies who deceive and destroy. Yet right in the middle of those dangers and difficulties, the psalmist inserts worship: a new song. That song becomes the surest connection point between the surpassing blessedness of God and the coming, national, physical blessedness of his people. Thus, the Psalm reminded us of the hope of worship. It was a great way to start our prayers.

Here are this week's requests and praises:

 

ADVANCEMENT

Monthly Givers Rally - September is our annual push for new Monthly Givers. It's been a pretty rough year, financially, so we're setting a pretty ambitious goal, and praying that God uses smaller, recurring gifts to get us back on track. Please pray for favor with the community, and ample provision for our needs through monthly giving.

Presentation - Peter and Mike (President of the Board) have a presentation to potential benefactors this week. Pray that God would bring new big donors to the team!

Advancement Intern - We're seeking an intern for this semester. Please pray that God brings us the right candidates!

Grant Writing - The husband of an alumna is donating some grantwriting time and expertise. Pray that God would give us favor with the foundations we approach.
 

PARTNERSHIPS

Recent Events - On-site consulting, Discussion for Transformation in Colorado, and Discussion for Transformation in Costa Mesa all went very well over the past few days. Thank you for your prayers!

Gathering - This weekend, Chad will be attending The Table Conference with some of Wheatstone's Partners. Please pray that the experience builds them into an even tighter-knit community.
 

THE ACADEMY

Academy Alumni and Academy Families - Please continue to pray for Veronica and our Academy family and alumni advisors as they chart the next steps for offering new services and ministry opportunities to these two groups. 
 

OFFICE

Peter's Computer - (No new update. Data extraction efforts continue.) The hard drive onto which we successfully moved the data from Peter's ruined laptop decided to break too. Now it's at a data extraction place, and we're back to square one. Please pray that, in particular, Peter's writing for his book and his work on From Duty to Discipleship would be recovered.
 

 

This week's Psalm

PSALM 144

    Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
        who trains my hands for war,
        and my fingers for battle;
    he is my steadfast love and my fortress,
        my stronghold and my deliverer,
    my shield and he in whom I take refuge,
        who subdues peoples under me.

    O LORD, what is man that you regard him,
        or the son of man that you think of him?
    Man is like a breath;
        his days are like a passing shadow.

    Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down!
        Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
    Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
        send out your arrows and rout them!
    Stretch out your hand from on high;
        rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
        from the hand of foreigners,
    whose mouths speak lies
        and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

    I will sing a new song to you, O God;
        upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
    who gives victory to kings,
        who rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
    Rescue me and deliver me
        from the hand of foreigners,
    whose mouths speak lies
        and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

    May our sons in their youth
        be like plants full grown,
    our daughters like corner pillars
        cut for the structure of a palace;
    may our granaries be full,
        providing all kinds of produce;
    may our sheep bring forth thousands
        and ten thousands in our fields;
    may our cattle be heavy with young,
        suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;
    may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
    Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
        Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!

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