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Gift of God's Word
August 1, 2015

"Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever."
Psalm 44.22-23


     Many of the psalms of lament are the cries of an individual brought about by circumstances unique to that individual. There are also a number of psalms that lead us into lament with the rest of the worshiping community in response to suffering that impacts the whole of God's people. Tomorrow morning we will continue our exploration of the praise songbook of the Psalms as we look at one of these psalms of communal lament.
     Just as there was no cheap or easy resolution in the individual psalm of lament we looked at two weeks ago, this psalm will not let God off the hook easily either. Like two weeks ago, this psalm and others like it give us, as a community of believers, the words and the courage to come boldly before our God, crying out for his covenant love to drive him to saving action. I encourage you to read and meditate on Psalm 44 prior to our time together tomorrow morning.

CHOW Pantry Needs
and the CHOW Walk to Fight Hunger:

     The Valley Church CHOW pantry is in need of canned meat products and canned fruit. You can drop off donations on the CHOW table in the area just outside of the downstairs church office.
    Also, so that you can mark it on your calendar, I want to let you know that the CHOW walk to fight hunger is scheduled for Sunday, September 20 at Binghamton University, behind the East Gym. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. and the walk starts at 2:00. For more information visit the CHOW walk website here.

Sunday Mornings:
Coffee: 9:15 a.m.
Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:
     We give thanks for the healing Luci Huizinga has experienced and pray for continued recovery.
     We pray for continued healing for Claire Krempel.
     We pray for continued healing and patience for Holly Nelson, and for energy and perseverance for the Nelson family as they help Holly through this time.
     We pray that God would move in the hearts and minds of those who would grow in their faith and discipleship through Faith & Finances, that they might hear about the course and register.
     With the recent revelations of the actions of Planned Parenthood, we lament the ongoing systemic injustice toward the weakest and most vulnerable in our society, the unborn, and we cry out to God that He might bring an end to these murders. We also pray for those women who are suffering the aftermath of abortion, that they might experience forgiveness and healing from God and the Church. We pray, too, that God would work to instill in our culture a whole, and holy sexual ethic that will lead to human flourishing for women, men, and babies.
     We pray for God's world: for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world, and for those who are being called to witness to Jesus Christ with their blood; for restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; for God's miraculous intervention in the Middle East, that the hearts and minds of the people living there, and that whole cultures, would begin to bend toward peace, and that God's church would continue to proclaim and embody the good news of God's reign boldly there.
     We pray for friends and family members: for Doug and Pat Aukema's nephew Charlie and their friend Fred, both battling cancer.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
August 2, 2015:

Ruth Giese

George De Jager and Joe Patak

Intercessory Prayer:
Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader:
Leslie Vermaat

Herleen DeYoung and Liz Bennett
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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