Scripture and Prayer on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Pastor David reads 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15 and offers a prayer from the Leonine Sacramentary:

Grant us, Lord, we ask you, not to mind earthly things, but to seek things heavenly; so that though we are set among scenes that pass away, our heart and affection may steadfastly cleave to the things that endure forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Scripture and Prayer on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Pastor David reads 1 Corinthians 2:1-13 and offers a prayer from Miles Coverdale:

O Lord God Almighty, we thank you with all our hearts, for feeding our souls with the body and blood of your most dear Son. We ask you to so illumine our minds with your Holy Spirit, that we may daily increase in faith in you, in certainty of hope in your promises, and fervency of love to you and our neighbor, to the glory and praise of your holy name.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Scripture and Prayer on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Pastor David reads 1 Corinthians 1:20-31 and offers a prayer from Gertrude of Thuringen:

O God, worthy of an infinite love, I have nothing which can adequately measure your dignity, but such is my desire towards you, that if I had all that you have, I would gladly and thankfully give all to you.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Scripture and Prayer on Friday, September 10, 2021

Pastor David reads Philippians 3:1-16 and offers a prayer from Hall’s Psalms and Hymns:

Lord, we thy presence seek;
May ours this blessing be:
Give us a pure and lowly heart,
A temple meet for thee.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Friday, September 10, 2021

Just then someone spoke up from the crowd and said, “Master, you should tell my older brother that he has to divide the family inheritance and give me my fair share!” Jesus answered, “My friend, you can’t expect me to help you with this. It’s not my business to settle arguments between you and your brother – that’s yours to settle.” Speaking to the people, Jesus continued, “Be alert and guard your heart from greed and always wishing for what you don’t have. For your life can never be measured by the amount of things you possess.” (Luke 12:13-15, The Passion Translation)

We often read this story from the perspective of the brothers or the people in the crowd. This time, let’s take a look at it from Jesus’s perspective. In this section of Luke, Jesus is on his long journey to Jerusalem where he will be crucified. He has just spoken a number of “woes” against the Pharisees and other religious leaders because of their hypocrisy. And here in chapter 12, Jesus is encouraging his followers to remain faithful and not to fear or worry about what those religious authorities might do to them.

In the midst of all this, someone comes to Jesus with this strange request to mediate a dispute about their family inheritance. The request is strange to our ears, but it was typical in that time for rabbis like Jesus to weigh in on disputes like this.

Watch how Jesus responds, though: “It’s not my business to settle arguments between you and your brother.”

Did you catch that? “It’s not my business.” Continue reading

Scripture and Prayer on Thursday, August 19, 2021

Pastor David reads Mark 12:28-34 and offers a prayer from Ignatius of Loyola:

Lord Jesus Christ, fill us, we pray, with your light and life that we may show forth your wonderful glory. Grant that your love may so fill our lives that we may count nothing too small to do for you, nothing too much to give and nothing too hard to bear.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Thursday, August 19, 2021

Scripture and Prayer on Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Pastor David reads Mark 12:13-27 and offers a prayer from John Calvin:

May the Lord grant that we may engage in contemplating the mysteries of his heavenly wisdom with really increasing devotion, to his glory and to our edification.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Scripture and Prayer on Monday, August 16, 2021

Pastor David reads Mark 11:12-25 and offers a prayer from Charles Wesley:

Forth in your name, O Lord, I go,
My daily labor to pursue,
You, only you, resolved to know
In all I think or speak or do.

The task your wisdom has assigned
O let me cheerfully fulfill,
In all my works your presence find,
And prove your good and perfect will.

Posted by Mt. Haley Church of God on Monday, August 16, 2021