"Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God;
    for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

Thanks for praying with us.

Today we read Psalm 147, where we are reminded that praise is always fitting. When we're tempted to think that our work or our might brings delight to God, this Psalm gently corrects us. God does not delight in our best strength or might; he is pleased when we fear him and hope in nothing other than his steadfast love. 

Here are this week's requests and praises:



Financial burdens - We have less coming in through donations than we need right now, and it's causing significant strains. Pray for Peter and Lisa as they make decisions in response to the financial facts, and pray that - however he wants - God would bring new financial provision in quickly. 


Monthly Givers Rally - Please pray for favor with the community, and ample provision for our needs through monthly giving.

Presentation - Peter and Mike (President of the Board) had a presentation last week that went really well. Please pray that God uses it this week to move individuals to become Wheatstone benefactors.

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.


Public Discussion for Transformation - This Saturday is our biannual public DfT training! Pray that God would bring the right participants and use the training to make many communities more effective at inviting their youth into Christian adulthood.


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



This week's Psalm


Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
    for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted,
    and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
    he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
    his understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
    he casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
    make melody to our God on the lyre.
He covers the heavens with clouds,
    prepares rain for the earth,
    makes grass grow on the hills.
He gives to the animals their food,
    and to the young ravens when they cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who hope in his steadfast love.

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
    Praise your God, O Zion!
For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
    he blesses your children within you.
He grants peace within your borders;
    he fills you with the finest of wheat.
He sends out his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
He gives snow like wool;
    he scatters frost like ashes.
He hurls down hail like crumbs—
    who can stand before his cold?
He sends out his word, and melts them;
    he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.
He declares his word to Jacob,
    his statutes and ordinances to Israel.
He has not dealt thus with any other nation;
    they do not know his ordinances.
Praise the Lord!