Scripture and Prayer on Monday, August 24, 2020

Pastor David reads Psalms 1, 2, and 3, and offers a prayer from Christina Rossetti:

Lord Jesus, All-pure, purify us that we may behold you.
All-holy, sanctify us that we may stand before you.
All-gracious, mould us that we may please you.
Very love, suffer us not to set at naught your love; suffer not devil, world, flesh to destroy us; suffer not ourselves to destroy ourselves; us with whom you strive, whom you desire, whom you love.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, August 24, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Friday, August 20, 2020

Pastor David reads Acts 9:1-19 and offers a prayer from William Bright:

We ask you, O Lord, to enlighten our minds and to strengthen our wills, that we may know what we ought to do, and be enabled to do it, through the grace of your most Holy Spirit, and for the merits of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, August 20, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Pastor David reads Acts 8:14-25 and offers a prayer from Edwin Hatch:

Breathe on me, Breath of God;
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what thou dost love,
And do what thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
‘Til I am wholly thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with thee the perfect life
Of thine eternity.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Pastor David reads Acts 8:1-13 and offers a prayer from Soren Kierkegaard:

Our Father, you called us and saved us in order to make us like your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Day by day, change us by the work of your Holy Spirit so that we may grow more like him in all that we think and say and do, to his glory.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Monday, August 17, 2020

Pastor David reads Acts 7:44-8:1 and offers a prayer from John Knox:

O God of all power, you called from death the great pastor of the sheep, our Lord Jesus: comfort and defend the flock which he has redeemed through the blood of the everlasting covenant. Increase the number of true preachers; enlighten the hearts of the ignorant; relieve the pain of the afflicted, especially of those who suffer for the testimony of the truth; by the power of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, August 17, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Friday, August 14, 2020

Pastor David reads John 4:43-54 and offers a prayer from Anselm:

I acknowledge, Lord, and I give thanks that you have created your image in me, so that I may remember you, think of you, love you. But this image is so obliterated and worn away by wickedness, it is so obscured by the smoke of sins, that it cannot do what it was created to do, unless you renew and reform it. I am not attempting, O Lord, to penetrate your loftiness, for I cannot begin to match my understanding with it, but I desire in some measure to understand your truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this too I believe, that “unless I believe, I shall not understand.”

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, August 13, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Thursday, August 13, 2020

Pastor David reads John 4:27-42 and offers a prayer from John Wesley:

You are never tired, O Lord, of doing us good. Let us never be weary of doing you service. But as you have pleasure in the well-being of your servants, let us take pleasure in the service of our Lord, and abound in your work and in your love and praise evermore.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, August 13, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Pastor David reads John 4:1-26 and offers a prayer from Bernard of Clairvaux:

Jesus, the very thought of thee
with sweetness fills the breast;
but sweeter far thy face to see,
and in thy presence rest.

O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
to those who fall, how kind thou art;
how good to those who seek.

But what to those who find? Ah, this
no tongue nor pen can show:
the love of Jesus, what it is,
none but his loved ones know.

Jesus, our only joy be thou,
as thou our prize wilt be.
Jesus, be thou our glory now
and through eternity.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Pastor David reads John 3:22-36 and offers a prayer from E.B. Pusey:

Lord, keep me always near to you. Let nothing separate me from you, let nothing keep me back from you. If I fall, bring me back quickly to you, and make me hope in you, trust in you, and love you forever.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Scripture and Prayer on Monday, August 10, 2020

Pastor David reads John 3:1-21 and offers a prayer from Desiderius Erasmus:

Lord Jesus Christ, you said that you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Help us not to stray from you, for you are the Way;
nor to distrust you, for you are the Truth;
nor to rest on any other than you, as you are the Life.
You have taught us what to believe, what to do, what to hope, and where to take our rest.
Give us grace to follow you, the Way, to learn from you, the Truth, and live in you, the Life.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, August 10, 2020