Below is a prayer guide for the upcoming General Assembly of the PCA that came across my desk. I found it helpful. Please join me in praying for the commissioners to this years GA as we carry out the work of the church.
A GUIDE FOR PRAYER
38th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America
June 29 through July 2, 2010
Pray that the Commissioners will have an ear only to the Word of Christ, as delivered in the Scriptures, as the rule for settling all substantial matters before the Assembly; that they will exercise prudence and good sense in all matters merely circumstantial; and that they will have the wisdom to so distinguish among the matters before the Church.
Pray also that the Commissioners will engage in debate with a sense of fair play, integrity and charity, and that they will be so moved by the Spirit of God, as to put aside selfishness, pride or party spirit, in order to glorify Christ in His Church and edify His people; pray that in times of work, worship & fellowship, the bonds of love & unity among our Elders would be strengthened; pray that Pastors who come in discouragement would be heartened & encouraged to be faithful in their labor.
Pray for the Moderator (and his assistants); the Stated Clerk; the Parliamentarians; and the office staff.
Pray for your Elders’ faithful participation in the work of the Assembly; and pray for the Lord’s blessing upon the ministry of the Word in the worship services and in the seminar options provided throughout the week.
11:00 am—Committees of Commissioners begin meeting: pray for the wisdom of these committees as they frame recommendations on all the business coming before the Assembly, as well as review the records of all the Permanent Committees and Agencies; pray especially for the wisdom and practical efficiency of the Overtures Committee, as it must prepare recommendations on 13 of the 27 Overtures before the Assembly.
8:00 am—Committees of Commissioners continue.
7:30 pm—Opening worship service. Pray for the Lord’s blessing upon the means of grace, particularly the moderator’s closing address.
9:00 pm—First business session convenes. Pray for the election of the new moderator, that he would be wise, fair, firm and good-humored in leading the Assembly through the week.
Seminars—pray that this non-business part of the Assembly’s schedule will enrich the faith and life of the elders attending.
Report of Stated Clerk—pray that the Lord will give the Assembly wisdom if there is a final vote on last year’s proposed Book of Church Order (BCO) amendments.
Report of Committee on Interchurch Relations—pray for the members of the permanent committee; concerning the address to the Assembly from delegates from other denominations; pray especially for a Reformed & Presbyterian unity throughout the world that does not violate the Church’s calling to be a pillar and support of the truth.
Report of Committee on Presbytery Records—pray that the commissioners will consider with care this very important portion of the Assembly’s oversight responsibility.
Informational Reports of the Various Committees—pray that commissioners will be encouraged and challenged to hear reports of the work of the General Assembly Committees and Agencies.
Report of Committee on Ridge Haven—pray for the new camping season, especially that the children attending would come to know Christ or be further nourished in their faith.
Report of Standing Judicial Commission—pray for the members of the SJC, that they would have a love for justice in the administration of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, for the glory of the Lord & the upbuilding of the Body; pray for the Lord’s blessing upon the SJC’s work in completing the cases pending and in the cases adjudicated this year; that the parties involved will receive the decision of the Court with humility & grace; and that there will be repentance where there is sin; understanding where there is hardness of heart; and restoration among brothers & sisters who are divided.
Report of Committee on Constitutional Business—pray for the Committee, that they advise accurately and wisely on any disputed questions during the Assembly.
Report of Committee on PCA Foundation—pray for the work of stewardship in the PCA, and for the committee and its management & distribution of assets.
Report of Committee on Mission to the World (MTW)—pray for Dr. Paul Kooistra (the coordinator), the committee staff, and permanent committee members; and pray for our missionaries throughout the world. To that end see: http://www.mtw.org/
Report of Theological Examining Committee—pray that the Committee be careful & faithful in their work of examining GA nominated officers.
Report of Committee on Nominations—pray that able and faithful men will be elected; that those elected to office will serve well & that those not elected will not be discouraged; specially pray for those to be elected to the SJC.
Report of Committee on Christian Education & Publications—pray for Dr. Charles Dunahoo (the coordinator), and the members of the permanent committee; and for the work of Christian Education across our denomination.
Report of the Committee on Reformed University Ministries— pray for TE Rod Mays (the coordinator), the members of the permanent committee, and for the work of RUM ministers in colleges and universities across the Unites States.
Report of Committee on PCA Retirements and Benefits, Inc.—pray for the permanent committee, that they be wise stewards of the various insurance plans they administer, as well as of the investments made on behalf of the PCA; and pray for the prosperity of the retired ministers and widows relief fund.
Report of Committee on Covenant Theological Seminary— pray for the Seminary, its President, Dr. Bryan Chapell; and for the continued faithfulness of the faculty, the Board of Trustees & the students.
Report of Committee on Mission to North America—pray for TE James Bland (the coordinator), and the members of the permanent committee; for capable men to plant churches; for the work of church planting, particularly among people from other cultures; for Bethany Christian Services; for the PCA Chaplains; and that the Assembly exercise wisdom in the creation of new presbyteries. Pray in particular for the Assembly’s consideration of a proposal from the chaplains to adopt a declaration concerning the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of the U.S. Military with respect to homosexuality.
Report of Committee on Covenant College—pray for the College, its President, Dr. Niel Nielson; and for the faculty, the Board of Trustees & the students.
Report of Cooperative Ministries Committee—pray for the members of this committee as they seek to foster cooperative ministry among General Assembly Committees and Agencies and provide a forum for resolving issues of inter-agency conflict. In particular pray that the Lord would guide the Assembly in considering the very important and perhaps controversial 2010 PCA Strategic Plan.
Report of Committee on Administration—pray for the staff and the members of the permanent committee; pray for good stewardship in the approval of the budgets. Pray in particular for the consideration of an important new funding plan for the committee.
Report of Overtures Committee—Many of the difficult issues before the Assembly will come in the 13 overtures from Presbyteries reported by this Committee. Pending are proposals: to amend The Book of Church Order to address the matter of women and the diaconate (from competing points of view), to address the means by which the non-Constitutional portions of The Directory for the Worship of God may be amended, and to revise the rules governing the organization of new churches; that Assembly planners be directed not to use intinction (the practice of dipping the bread into the wine at the Lord’s Supper) at Assembly worship services; to adopt a declaration concerning the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of the U.S. Military with respect to homosexuality; and to form a study committee on the question “What are the duties of the visible church relative to political and economic justice?”
Pray that the Lord would provide grace, patience and perseverance for the Assembly if there is a late night session.
Adjournment, 12:00 noon—pray that the Assembly makes this goal for adjournment.
Pray for a safe journey home for all, and for God’s favor in blessing that work which is according to His Word, and for His leading to see and correct that which is not.