Praying Through August


As our lives continue times of disruption and challenge, we want to continue to redirect our faith community to pray, pray, and pray some more. The lifeblood of prayer for both the Christian church and Jewish faith is the book of Psalms. Every human emotion is captured in the psalms. Some have argued it is where God’s eternal plan and purpose meets with the hopes and challenges of every day human life.  
During August we are encouraging our people to (once again) experience the blessing of praying through the psalms. Beginning August 1st please start reading a psalm a day (starting with Psalm 1). If you kept it up you would finish Psalm 150 on December 30th
Pastors Dan and Brian will preach on the psalms in the month of August, covering the various genres that make up the psalter (Lament, Trust, Praise, etc). They will also be doing the daily Facebook devotions on the psalm for each day during the month of August. 
We encourage you to read and pray a psalm each day. We’ll be sending a psalm via email on most days. 
We’d also encourage you to listen to the psalms. Check out the Bible.is app for your smart phone. This is an app developed by the organization Faith Comes By Hearing. It offers plain and dramatic language options, multiple translations (and languages!), lots of reading plans, and even includes video content (like the acclaimed Jesus film, instrumental in bringing people to faith all over the world).  
We encourage you to keep working with the psalms. Admittedly it took me (PD) years of trying to find a good rhythm and joy in the psalms. They still are challenging at times, but they have become a great treasure that guides my prayers, teaches me so much about faith in God, about my own triumphs and trials,  and so much more. The psalms can be work with their different styles of poetry and imagery than we are accustomed to, but to learn their language will be one of the richest sources of faith transformation that is available to us. 
You’ll find some documents explaining the psalms in the resources section of our website. You are welcome to use them as guides as you grow with and through the psalms. 
Blessings to you!
St. Andrews Staff
Psa. 1:1  Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,  nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psa. 42:11    Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
Psa. 23:4    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psa. 7:17    I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High. 
Psa. 57:6    They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves. My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!
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