Praying the Psalms for One Another
Using the pamphlet "Praying the Psalms Daily" and combining it with our "2020 Amber Church Prayer Reminder" which lists all the members of the church family, we encourage you to pray for each other every day. Below is the list of daily Psalms and the office or mission and the individual for each day. During this time of restricted assembly why not call, text or email the individual and let them know you prayed for them.
1 Psalm 60:1-12 Minister – Jack and Janet Seymour
2 Psalm 61:1-8 Elders – Mel Simmons, Jenn Simmons
3 Psalm 62:1-12 Trustees – David and Roxann Bailer
4 Psalm 63:1-11 Clerk – Scott Trendowski – Butch Schmict
5 Psalm 64:1-10 Treasurer – Andy and Linda Henderson, Alex
6 Psalm 65:1-13 Financial Secretary – Duane Wright – Jason Wright
7 Psalm 66:1-20 Ministerial Relations Chair – Jenny Wright, Alex Wright
8 Psalm 67:1-7 Worship Director – Jim Seymour – Andrew Henderson
9 Psalm 68:1-35 Worship Services – David Angelo
10 Psalm 69:1-36 Sunday School JAM – Chuck and Sue Ellen Harris
11 Psalm 70:1-5 Bible Studies – Teal Trendowski – Karen Swierk
12 Psalm 71:1-24 Youth Group – Mike and Cheryl Curtis
13 Psalm 72:1-20 Christian Education Director – Kim Vile
14 Psalm 73:1-28 Small Group Studies – Mark and Brenda Henderson
15 Psalm 74:1-23 Women’s and Men’s Groups – Rick and Lois Chaffee
16 Psalm 75:1-10 Church relationships – Garrett Crysler
17 Psalm 76:1-12 Outreach Director – Rich and Lisa McVicar
18 Psalm 77:1-20 CCCC – Bob Post
19 Psalm 78:1-16 CNY Congregational Churches – Adele Reagan
20 Psalm 78:17-55 Neighboring Churches – Barbara D’Aiutolo
21 Psalm 78:56-72 WMHR (Wayne Taylor) – Terry Wheeler
22 Psalm 79:1-13 RBC Ministries – Jim and Gail Frary
23 Psalm 80:1-19 His Mansion – Matthew Henderson
24 Psalm 81:1-16 Teams 4 Medical Missions (John Heater) – Marilyn Fish
25 Psalm 82:1-8 New Hope (Kathy Jerman) – Dave and Kristin Heath
26 Psalm 83:1-18 Men’s and Women’s Conferences – Emma Crysler
27 Psalm 84:1-12 Young Life (Brianna Wolf) – Nancy Barber
28 Psalm 85:1-13 Schools for Haiti (Carla Flesch) – Faith Stopyro
29 Psalm 86:1-17 Adult and Teen Challenge (Dave Pilch) – Carole Ianuzi
30 Psalm 87:1-7 The ShoreLight – Mike Wheeler
31 Psalm 88:1-18 Samaritan Committee – Sherry Persad
Prayers for the Day – March 4, 2020
Our prayer-psalm today is another one on the run. The superscription says it was written “when David was in the desert of Judah.” There were two occasions when he fled to the desert. Once was when he was hiding from Saul (1 Samuel 23:14f) and once when he was running from Absalom (2 Samuel 15:23f). In both cases people were seeking to do him harm.
The desert is a dry, hot place and the prayer begins “my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (63:1). But even from this place we can rest assured of God’s presence because we “have seen you (God) in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory” (63:2). Because we have had a good worship experience, we know that God’s “love is better than life” (63:3).
I have often read this psalm and prayed this prayer for folk in the hospital. I have done so particularly because of verse 6, “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” My prayer has been that those who are confined to their beds and may have difficulty sleeping will know the presence of the Lord and be able to say, “because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings” (63:7).
Our Prayer Reminder has us praying today for our Clerk, Cheryl Curtis, and for Scott Trendowski and Butch Schmidt.
Let’s pray together.
Sometimes, Lord Jesus, it feels like we are on the run. Sometimes this is because of conflict with others, other times it may be the pressures and stresses of everyday life. Whatever the cause may be it is an uncomfortable thing to feel dry and thirsty emotionally. We are reminded that even on these days that you have told us to come and drink from you and you will satisfy our dry and parched hearts (Isaiah 55:1, John 4:14, John 7:37-38).
We pray that you will satisfy the longing of our souls, and especially the souls of Cheryl, Scott and Butch. Satisfy them so that they may have sufficient strength to endure the dry times and enough resources to share their spiritual life with others. In the midst of life’s difficulties give us the abundance of your love that refreshes us all in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayers for the Day – March 3, 2020
Our prayer-psalm today is another one that was put to music. The superscription notes that it was “for the director of music.” It is a good thing to sing songs of praise to God each day. They lift our hearts and cheer our thoughts. This prayer comes out of a determined heart that knows that “my soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him” (62:1). It is this confident affirmation that can keep us from being shaken.
The treatment we often receive from others would certainly discourage and defeat us if we did not have this relationship with God. After describing such a situation our prayer returns to its original words, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation” (62:5-6). The realization that life’s benefits are not enduring make this eternal assurance even more vital. “Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie…together they are only a breath” (62:9). But despite the brevity of our lives we rest in the knowledge of two important things about God. “O God, you are strong, and…you, O Lord, are loving” (62:11). That is enough to sustain us in any time of trial. Let’s sing a song of rest in God today.
“Jesus I am resting, resting, in the joy of what thou art. I am finding out the greatness of thy loving heart.”
Today we are praying for our Trustees and for David and Roxann Bailer.
Let’s pray together.
Lord, we come today singing a song of praise and peace. We have come to know who you are and we rest in our relationship with you even when our days and situations are less than encouraging. You are greater than everything we face and we rest in you alone.
We pray today for our Trustees as they seek to make wise decisions regarding the maintenance of our church. Thank you for their interest and care. We pray too for David and Roxann. Please meet their needs, keep them healthy, provide them with the awareness of your great love. We commit ourselves and our concerns to you in the name of our great Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayers for the Day – March 2, 2020
“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer” (61:1). Our prayer-psalm today begins with a faint heart in need of strengthening. “I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (61:2). We make this request out of a confident faith for we have witnessed his provision for us in the past when we have been low. He has “been my refuge, a strong tower” (61:3).
As we pray for strength and deliverance we also recommit ourselves to God, “You have heard my vows, O God” (61:5). We have the great benefit of a godly heritage and we desire to give that to our children, grandchildren and descendants. This will be what we pass along only as we “sing praise to your name and fulfill my vows day after day” (61:8).
We pray today for our Elders, for Mel Simmons and Jenn Simmons.
Let’s pray together.
Lord, we “long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings” (61:4). We have received so much good from your hand over the years. We have also known you to be present with us during the times of difficulty. You are truly our refuge and we give you thanks.
We pray for our church family and for the Elders who are responsible to provide spiritual leadership. Guide them so that they might encourage us all. And be with Mel and with Jenn. As they walk with you show them your strength and your love and your faithfulness. Fill their hearts with songs of praise in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayers for the Day – March 1, 2020
The story of this prayer-psalm is a conflicted one. The superscription places it in the account of David’s successful campaign against the Arameans (2 Samuel 8 and 1 Chronicles 18). And yet it begins “You have rejected us, O God, and burst forth upon us…you have shaken the land and torn it open” (60:1-2). What apparently had happened is that while David and the army were out doing battle the Edomites took advantage of Jerusalem being unguarded and they attacked and plundered the city. David is understandably upset thinking that he was doing right only to have his own home and family taken captive.
Following the prayer for God to “save us and help us…that those you love may be delivered” (60:5) the alarm and despair give way to confident action. Verses 5-12 are the same as those in Psalm 108:6-13 where David sings a song of praise. God is the one who rescues us. The lesson learned here is that he “gives us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory” (60:11-12). So in our lives despite the confusion and the seeming cost of doing right we can trust ourselves and those we love into the hands of our Almighty God.
We are to pray today for Jack and Janet Seymour and for your minister.
Let’s pray together.
Lord Jesus, we often are confused as we seek to do your will. What we think is the right path for us doesn’t always lead to an easy road. Even winning comes with a cost. How distressing it is when the cost seems to rest primarily on our families and loved ones. Oh Lord, give us clarity in our convictions and keep those we love safe in your hand.
Thank you for our church and thank you for all who pray for each other. Today we remember especially Jack and Janet. Bless them, keep them safe and healthy. Grant them peace and confidence as they commit themselves to you as their Savior and Lord. Hear our prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.