December 19, 2019
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
for Sunday, Dec. 22
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Sometimes we think we can’t be angry at God for the difficult, painful situations we experience in life. It’s ok to be mad at God and say so, just like the way the psalmist is challenges God. Right out of the gate, he writes, “Give ear,” in other words, “Listen to me!” There is nothing meek or mild about this plea.
By virtue of the fact that God is called the “Shepherd of Israel,” the psalmist is reminding God of his responsibilities—of care, feeding, protecting and leading. Another way to look at it is telling God, “We are your responsibility, so help us.”
Another thing that stands out is the way the psalm is punctuated with these words, “Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” This phrase is repeated three times throughout the psalm. Don’t we sometimes feel that if we pray for something more than once, we aren’t having faith? And yet, in scripture, here we have an example of a prayer that challenges God and repeatedly cries out for help.
Sunday is our Blue Christmas service. Some of us have the blues and need to cry out to God with our sisters and brothers, our family of faith. This is what that service is about. Come and give it all to God. Then we too can pray, “Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name” (v. 18).
1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
and come to save us!
3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine,
that we may be saved.
4 O Lord God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears,
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6 You make us the scorn of our neighbors;
our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we
may be saved.
17 But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
the one whom you made strong for yourself.
18 Then we will never turn back from you;
give us life, and we will call on your name.
19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Names will remain of the Prayer List for a month - at which
time it will be taken off unless, or course, there is still a continued need
for our prayers and we’re asked to keep the name on.
Pastor Ivy will be on vacation from Dec 25 to Jan 2. In case of emergency, please contact Pastor Timothy Hoyer at 716-487-7521.
Katie Castro will be guest preacher Sunday December 29th.
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 71
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Dear Church and Prayer Warriors,
This past weekend Love INC partnered with Realife Church for a Pop=up Christmas Toy Shop. 27 children were assisted with Christmas and 16 volunteers had the opportunity to love on neighbors in need and shine His light to others.
We had 4 families fail to show, with another 10 children in need.
Attached is the updated Prayer newsletter. Thank you for your prayers. Our prayers are being answered as our bed waiting list went from approximately 27 to 14 since we began the Prayer Newsletter
Love INC Prayer Requests 12/16/19
A woman who is taking care of her niece. The mother had just dropped her off with nothing and is not expected to come back. Please pray for this little girl’s heart and the family caring for her. They need a bed for her.
Pray for family having some unexpected financial difficulties. The mother had some medical issues and the father had to take off work to care for all. They need diapers.
Please pray for Clearinghouse Call Center Coordinator, Kristy as her and her husband are traveling to see family.
Continued Prayer and Updates
Pray for the families who are being assisted with Christmas; may the gifts be a blessing and God is glorified through. Pray for the gift-givers who have generously given of their time and money to purchase gifts for these families. Pray for the volunteers from Realife Church who will be giving of their time to make the Pop-up Christmas Toy Shop a festive event and God glorifying. *** 27 children were provided Christmas gifts
Praise God! St James and New Creation Assembly of God were able to help 23 neighbors in need with a Thanksgiving Dinner
A single mom struggling with addiction, became homeless and then lost custody of her daughter. Currently clean and was able to get help for an apartment. She now has a 4-month-old to care for and would like to regain custody of her older daughter. She needs almost everything for her apartment, a job to support herself and her child and your prayers.
Single woman struggling with Bipolar disorder and still mourning the loss of her daughter. She needs a queen size bed frame. She has no extra funds to replace her broken bed frame.
Love INC’s end-of-year request letter was sent out last week. Please pray for the stirring of hearts and God’s provision for the ministry
A formerly incarcerated single man became homeless. He was assisted with an apartment and needs a full-size bed and bedding. He was able to get a temporary job but needs permanent one to support himself. Pray his needs are met and a job is found.
A family of 6 who were infested with bedbugs. The home has been treated and the beds replaced. They are seeking help to purchase the bedbug covers for the mattresses and box springs, to avoid this occurring again. Pray for comfort and protection for them and the needed funds would become available. They were assisted with living room furniture and bed frames, but still need of mattress covers.**
Pray for our household ministry, winter is just starting, and we are currently out of Queen size blankets.
Single lady with some medical issues residing in the Allen Park area needing help with some yard work and snow removal. Please pray for her health and a volunteer to meet her need.**
A mother of 5 kids was homeless when her apartment was condemned; lost everything. They were assisted with some living room furniture, but she is **still in need of 4 twin beds and a kitchen table with 6 chairs. The mother also is having serious health issues. Table and Chairs have been provided
An older couple who are both handicapped need help shoveling their walk; as she needs medical transport for dialysis 3 times a week. **Still seeking snow removal assistance Spring Street area Jamestown
· For our community of faith as we seek to do God’s work in the world.
· For those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness, financial burdens, and family obligation.
· For victims of violence and their families in all places.
· For victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.
· For: Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson,Ned Lindstrom, Rev Alan Anderson, Dick Starks, Tim O’Brien Nichelle Carlberg, Gretta Kettle, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, and Bonnie Christoferson.
· For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
· For all children, that the love of Christ may reach them through all of us who have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.
· For: The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.