Scripture and Prayer on Tuesady, January 5, 2021

Pastor David reads Joshua 1:1-9 and offers a prayer from Anselm:

O Lord our God, grant us grace to desire you with a whole heart, so that desiring you we may seek you and find you; and so finding you, may love you; and loving you, may hate those sins from which you have redeemed us, for Jesus Christ’s sake.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Scripture and Prayer on Monday, January 4, 2021

Pastor David reads Exodus 3:1-12 and offers a prayer based on a saying from Sir Francis Drake:

O Lord God, when you give to your servants to endeavor any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same to the end, until it is thoroughly finished, which yields the true glory; through him who for the finishing of your work laid down his life: our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, January 4, 2021

Scripture and Prayer on Friday, January 1, 2021

Pastor David reads Psalm 103 and offers a prayer from Vinita Hampton Wright:

God of all time, help us enter the New Year quietly,
thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others,
mindful that our steps make an impact
and our words carry power.
May we walk gently.
May we speak only after we have listened well.
Creator of all life,
help us enter the New Year reverently,
aware that you have endowed
every creature and plant, every person and habitat
with beauty and purpose.
May we regard the world with tenderness.
May we honor rather than destroy.
Lover of all souls,
help us enter the New Year joyfully,
willing to laugh and dance and dream,
remembering our many gifts with thanks
and looking forward to blessings yet to come.
May we welcome your lavish love.
In this new year, may the grace and peace of Christ bless us now and in the days ahead.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, December 31, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Thursday, December 31, 2020

Pastor David reads Psalm 46 and offers a Covenant Prayer from John Wesley:

Lord, I am no longer my own, but yours.

Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;

put me to doing,
put me to suffering.

Let me be employed by you
or laid aside by you,

enabled for you
or brought low by you.

Let me be full,
let me be empty.

Let me have all things,
let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
you are mine, and I am yours. So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, December 31, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Pastor David reads Psalm 20 and offers a prayer from Clement of Rome:

We ask you, Master, to be our helper and protector.
Save the afflicted among us; have mercy on the lowly;
raise up the fallen; appear to the needy; heal the ungodly;
restore the wanderers of your people;
feed the hungry; ransom our prisoners;
raise up the sick; comfort the faint-hearted.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Pastor David reads Psalm 2 and offers a prayer from St. Augustine:

O Lord in whom all things live,
who commanded us to seek you,
who are always ready to be found:
to know you is life,
to serve you is freedom,
to praise you is our soul’s delight.
We bless you and adore you,
we worship you and magnify you,
we give thanks to you for your great glory,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Monday, December 28, 2020

Pastor David reads Psalm 97 and offers a traditional Gaelic prayer:

As the hand is made for holding and the eye for seeing, you have created me for joy, O God. Share with me in finding that joy everywhere: in the violet’s beauty, in the lark’s melody, in the child’s face, in a mother’s love, in the purity of Jesus.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, December 28, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Friday, December 25, 2020

Pastor David reads 1 John 4:7-16 and offers a prayer from Robert Louis Stevenson:

O God, our loving Father, help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. May Christmas morning make us happy to be your children and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’s sake.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, December 24, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Thursday, December 24, 2020

Pastor David reads Revelation 21:22-22:5 and offers a prayer from Christina Rossetti:

Open wide the window of our spirits, O Lord, and fill us full of light; open wide the door of our hearts, that we may receive and entertain you with all our powers of adoration and praise.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, December 24, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Pastor David reads Revelation 21:9-21 and offers a prayer from the 16th century English reformers:

O almighty God, who has built your church on the foundations of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the head cornerstone: grant us to be so joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching that we may be made into a holy temple, acceptable to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, December 23, 2020