Pastor David reads 1 Samuel 1:1-20 and offers a prayer from Basil the Great:
O God and Lord of the Powers, and Maker of all creation, who, because of your clemency and incomparable mercy, did send your Only-Begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of humankind, and with his venerable Cross did tear asunder the record of our sins, and thereby did conquer the rulers and powers of darkness; receive from us sinful people, O merciful Master, these prayers of gratitude and supplication, and deliver us from every destructive and gloomy transgression, and from all visible and invisible enemies who seek to injure us. Nail down our flesh with fear of you, and let not our hearts be inclined to words or thoughts of evil, but pierce our souls with your love, that, ever contemplating you, being enlightened by you, and discerning you, the unapporachable and everlasting Light, we may unceasingly render confession and gratitude to you: the eternal Father, with your Only-Begotten Son, and with your All-Holy, Gracious, and Life-Giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, June 14, 2021
Pastor David reads 2 Corinthians 12:11-21 and offers a prayer from the Syrian Clementine Liturgy:
O God, who are the unsearchable abyss of peace, the ineffable sea of love, the fountain of blessings, and the bestower of affection, who sends peace to those that receive it; open to us this day the sea of your love, and water us with the plenteous streams from the riches of your grace. Make us children of quietness, and heirs of peace. Enkindle in us the fire of your love; sow in us your fear; strengthen our weakness by your power; bind us closely to you and to each other in one firm bond of unity; for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Friday, June 11, 2021
Pastor David reads 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 and offers a prayer from Jan Hus:
O loving Christ, draw me, a weakling, after yourself; for if you do not draw me I cannot follow you. Give me a brave spirit that it may be ready alert. If the flesh is weak, may your grace go before me, come alongside me, and follow me; for without you I cannot do anything, and especially, for your sake I cannot go to a cruel death. Grant me a ready spirit, a fearless heart, a right faith, a firm hope, and a perfect love, that for your sake I may lay down my life with patience and joy.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, June 10, 2021
Pastor David reads 2 Corinthians 11:21b-33 and offers a prayer from Charles Kingsley:
Lift up our hearts, we ask you, O Christ, above the false show of things, above fear, above laziness, above selfishness and covetousness, above custom and fashion, up to the everlasting truth and order that you are; that we may live joyfully and freely, in faithful trust that you are our Savior, our example, and our friend, both now and for evermore.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Pastor David reads 2 Corinthians 11:1-21a and offers a prayer from Charles Kingsley:
Take from us, O God, all pride and vanity, all boasting and self-assertiveness, and give us the true courage that shows itself by gentleness; the true wisdom that shows itself by simplicity; and the true power that shows itself by modesty; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Pastor David reads 2 Corinthians 10 and offers a prayer from Thomas Fuller:
Lord, I perceive my soul deeply guilty of envy. I would prefer your work not done than done by someone else other than myself. Dispossess me, Lord, of this bad spirit, and turn my envy into holy emulation; yes, make other people’s gifts to be mine, by making me thankful to you for them.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, June 7, 2021
Pastor David reads 2 Corinthians 1:12-22 and offers a prayer from Jeremy Taylor:
Guide me, O Lord, in all the changes and varieties of the world; that in all things that shall happen, I may have an evenness and tranquility of spirit; that my soul may be wholly resigned to thy divinest will and pleasure, never murmuring at thy gentle chastisements and fatherly correction.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Pastor David reads 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 and offers a prayer from Thomas Wilson:
We adore your goodness, Lord God, in making your will known to us in your holy Word. May this your Word be the rule of our will, of our desires, of our lives and actions. May we always sacrifice our will to yours, be pleased with all your choice for ourselves and others, and adore your providence in the government of the world.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, May 24, 2021
Pastor David reads Hebrews 7:18-28 and offers a prayer from Christina Rossetti:
O Lord Jesus, because, being surrounded with infirmities we often sin and have to ask pardon, help us to forgive as we would be forgiven; neither mentioning old offences committed against us, nor dwelling upon them in thought, nor being influenced by them in heart; but loving our brother or sister freely, as you freely loved us. For your name’s sake.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, May 20, 2021