Scripture and Prayer on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Pastor David reads Ephesians 3:14-21 and offers an anonymous prayer:

Grant us, Lord, to know in weakness the strength of your incarnation;
in pain the triumph of your passion;
in poverty the riches of your Godhead;
in reproach the satisfaction of your sympathy;
in loneliness the comfort of your continual presence;
in difficulty the efficacy of your intercession;
in perplexity the guidance of your wisdom;
and by your glorious death and resurrection bring us at last to the joy of seeing you face to face.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Monday, May 25, 2020

Pastor David reads Ephesians 3:2-13 and offers a prayer from Hilary, a 4th century church leader:

Almighty God, bestow on us the meaning of words, the light of understanding, the nobility of diction, and the faith of the true nature. And grant that what we believe we may also speak.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, May 25, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Thursday, May 21, 2020

On this Ascension Day, Pastor David reads Daniel 7:9-14 and offers a prayer from the Leonine Sacramentary (a 7th century collection of Christian religious services):

Almighty and merciful God, into whose gracious presence we ascend, not by the frailty of the flesh but by the activity of the soul: Make us always by your inspiration to seek after the courts of the heavenly city, where our Savior Christ has ascended, and by your mercy confidently to enter them, both now and hereafter; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Pastor David reads Ephesians 1:1-10 and offers a prayer from Basil the Great:

O Lord our God, teach us to ask aright for the right blessings. Guide the vessel of our life towards yourself, the tranquil haven of all storm-tossed souls. Show us the course we should take. Renew a willing spirit within us. Let your Spirit curb our wayward senses and guide and enable us to what is our true good, to keep your laws and in all our deeds always to rejoice in your glorious and gladdening presence. For yours is the glory and praise of all your saints for ever and ever.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Pastor David reads 1 Timothy 2:1-6 and offers a prayer from the Knights of the Garter:

O God, almighty Father, King of kings and Lord of lords, grant that the hearts and minds of all who go out as leaders before us, the statesmen, the judges, the people of learning and the people of wealth, may be so filled with the love of your laws and of that which is righteous and life-giving, that they may be worthy stewards of your good and perfect gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Monday, May 18, 2020

Pastor David reads Colossians 1:8-14 and offers a prayer from Thomas Fuller:

Lord, teach me the art of patience while I am well, and enable me to use of it when I am sick. In that day either lighten my burden or strengthen my back. Make me, who so often in my health have discovered my weakness in presuming on my own strength, to be strong in my sickness when I solely rely on your assistance.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, May 18, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Friday, May 15, 2020

Pastor David reads Matthew 7:1-12 and offers a prayer from B.F. Westcott:

Lord, you have taught us that all who come our way are our neighbors. But hear our prayer for those with whom we come in daily contact because they live close to us. Help us to be good neighbors to them. Give us the grace to ignore petty annoyances and to build on all that is positive in our relationship, that we may love them as we love ourselves, with genuine patience and kindness.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Friday, May 15, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Thursday, May 14, 2020

Pastor David reads Matthew 6:25-34 and offers a prayer from Margery Kempe:

Blessed Jesus, you are always near in times of stress.
Although we cannot feel your presence, you are close.
You are always there to help and watch over us.
Nothing in heaven or on earth can separate you from us.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, May 14, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Pastor David reads Matthew 6:19-24 and offers a prayer from Augustine:

Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you. Grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness from doing it; but that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service we may find our perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, May 13, 2020