Pastor David reads Matthew 20:1-16 and offers a prayer from “Treasury of Devotion” by Thomas Carter:
O Lord Jesus Christ, who though you were rich became poor, grant that all our desire for and covetousness of earthly possessions may die in us, and that the desire of heavenly things may live and grow in us. Keep us from all idle and vain expenses that we may always have enough to give to those who are in need, and that we may not give grudgingly out of necessity, but cheerfully. Through your merits may we partake of the riches of your heavenly treasure.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Pastor David reads Matthew 19:23-30 and offers a prayer from Thomas Bradwardine:
My God, I love you above all else, and you I desire as my final goal. Always and in all things, with my whole heart and strength, I seek you. If you do not give yourself to me, you give nothing; if I do not find you, I find nothing. Grant me, therefore, most loving God, that I may always love you for yourself above all things, and seek you in all things in the present life, so that finally I may find you and keep you forever in the world to come.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Pastor David reads Matthew 18:10-20 and offers a prayer from William Laud:
Most gracious Father, we most humbly beseech you for your Holy Catholic [universal] Church. Fill it with all truth; in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purge it; where it is in error, direct it; where anything is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen and confirm it; where it is in need, furnish it; where it is divided and torn apart, make up its breaches, O holy One of Israel.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, June 18, 2020
Pastor David reads Matthew 18:1-9 and offers a prayer from the Leonine Sacramentary:
O God, whio resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble: grant us the virtue of true humility, which your only-begotten Son himself gave us the perfect example; that we may never offend you by our pride, and be rejected by our self-assertion; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Pastor David reads Matthew 17:22-27 and offers a prayer from the Liturgy of St. Dionysius:
O God of peace, good beyond all that is good, in whom is calmness and concord: Heal the dissensions which divide us from one another, and bring us to unity of love in you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Pastor David reads Matthew 17:14-20 and offers a prayer from Miles Coverdale:
O Savior Christ, who leads to eternal blessedness those who commit themselves to thee: grant that we, being weak, may not presume to trust in ourselves, but may always have thee before our eyes to follow as our guide; that thee, who alone knows the way, may lead us to our heavenly desires. To thee, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be glory for ever.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, June 15, 2020
Pastor David reads Galatians 5:25-6:10 and offers a prayer from John Cosin:
Give us true humility, a meek and a quiet spirit, a loving and a friendly, a holy and a useful conversation, bearing the burdens of our neighbors, denying ourselves, and studying to benefit others, and to please you in all things.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Friday, June 12, 2020
Pastor David reads Galatians 5:16-24 and offers a prayer from Henry Alford:
O Lord, give us more charity, more self-denial, more likeness to you. Teach us to sacrifice our comforts to others, and our preferences for the sake of doing good. Make us kindly in thought, gentle in word, generous in deed. Teach us that it is better to give than to receive, better to forget ourselves than to put ourselves forward, better to minister than to be ministered to. And to you, the God of love, be all glory and praise, now and for ever.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, June 11, 2020
Pastor David reads Galatians 5:1-15 and offers a prayer from Anselm:
O blessed Lord, who has commanded us to love one another, grant us grace that having received your undeserved bounty, we may love everyone in you and for you. We pray for your clemency for everyone; but especially for the friends whom your love has given us. Love them, O fountain of love, and make them love you with all their heart, that they may will and speak and do those things only which are pleasing to you.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Pastor David reads Galatians 4:21-31 and offers a prayer from B.F. Westcott:
Blessed Lord, who for our sakes was content to bear sorrow, and want, and death, grant to us such a measure of your Spirit that we may follow you in all self-denial and tenderness of soul. Help us, by your great love, to support the afflicted, to relieve the needy and destitute, to comfort the feeble-minded, to share the burdens of the heavy laden, and always to see you in all who are poor and destitute.
Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, June 9, 2020