August Newsletter Article (and a New Sermon Series)

Dear Peace Family,

August has arrived. At Peace Presbyterian Church, August is a symbol of our heritage as a church, the month we celebrate our Homecoming. This month, we are looking back at more than seven decades of rich history as a body…and looking ahead at our future as we enter a new season of seeking God’s guidance as we consider how our resources might impact our neighborhood or community for the Kingdom of God.

This month, we will turn to scripture’s songbook and explore the diverse prayer offerings of the book of Psalms. Each Sunday, we will examine a different Psalm and consider how these ancient words meet us in our modern world. We will interact with these pieces of music and prayer, and learn what it meant for the Psalmists, and for us, to pray prayers of praise, confession, lament, and intercession.

August 5: A Hymn of Praise (Psalm 136)
On Homecoming Sunday, there’s so much to celebrate and many reasons for joy.As we thank God for the history and fellowship represented in our church body, we’ll turn to Psalm 136, a hymn about God’s enduring, steadfast love. We’ll look closely at the One worthy of our praise, how we offer these praises, and why praising God is an important prayer discipline.

August 12: A Prayer of Confession (Psalm 51)
Each Sunday, toward the beginning of our service, we pray a prayer of confession, an important part of liturgy for people who live lives that often lack any resemblance to God’s holiness. King David also came to a place in his life when he was called to confession and met God with honest words about sin and guilt, and his words give us a model for our own prayers. On this Sunday, we’ll examine this prayer and look at the words we use to confess our own sins to God.

August 19: An Honest Lament (Psalm 55)
We don’t always feel like praising God. Sometimes, it seems like God has forgotten us and left us on our own to deal with grief, sorrow, betrayal, and the violence raging around us. In those moments, we need words of lament, and we may take comfort in knowing that our scripture does not exclude the honest, raw prayers of people crying out from dark places. On this Sunday, we’ll make space for sorrow and sadness, and look at how we approach God in these seasons.

August 26: A Prayer for God’s Action (Psalm 141)
Often when we think of prayer, we are thinking about intercessory prayer, the prayers that request God’s healing, direction, and action in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. This Psalm guides us in praying for ourselves and others, and teaches us about a God who hears us and calls us to righteous living, by his grace. We’ll think about how it is we pray, and how we form our intercessory prayers as a congregation and as individuals.

I look forward to an opportunity in preaching from Psalms and considering the many ways we have to pray and seek God. May God continue to inspire us through the depth and width of scripture!

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Becky