Daily Prayer

Our Faith

RHF is a faith-based organization, affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC). We were founded by two UCC clergy and a layperson in 1961. We are an organization that began with $7,000 and a vision to provide affordable housing to those who needed it. That vision has grown to include 197 communities in 29 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands. We have more than 22,500 residents that call an RHF community “home.”

While our faith tradition is an important part of who we are, we offer our housing and services to those of every faith tradition or those with no faith tradition at all.

Our faith created RHF and that faith has helped us through the challenges we have faced as an organization over the nearly 60 years we have been in existence.

Our country, indeed the world, is facing an enormous challenge right now. We are asking that you strictly adhere to government mandates .  .  . practicing Social Distancing, frequently washing your hands, and self-isolating if you are not feeling well.

We are inviting you to join us, daily, in prayer. We would like to acknowledge those who are contributing to this effort:

 

            Rev. Dr. Laverne R. Joseph – RHF President & CEO

            Rev. Dr. David S. Moyer – Chair, RHF National Board of Directors

            Rev. Dr. Norma DeSaegher – Vice-Chair, RHF National Board of Directors

            Rev. Dr. Misi Tagaloa – Director, RHF National Board of Directors

            Ray East – Director (and Past Chair) – RHF National Board of Directors

            Brian Magnone – CIO and V.P. of Treasury, RHF

 

We ask that you stay safe. Know that you are not alone. As a community, as an organization, and as a country, we will get through this crisis together.

 


Daily Prayer

July 15, 2020

Reading:

Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.   (John Wesley – Theologian)

Prayer:

Gracious God, we thank you for these words of wisdom.  Help us now to impress upon our hearts, the goodness that we can spread.  Help us to encourage children and adults to remember Your words of courage and grace.  Help us to remember that your Spirit is ready to guide us to become great instruments of peace.

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. Norma DeSeagher, Vice Chair – RHF National Board of Directors


July 14, 2020

Reading:

Ephesians 5:15-16

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

This passage of scripture seems to fit the conditions that we are living under today. A time that we may feel threatened by the Pandemic however, living a wise lifestyle will alleviate much of this threat. I feel that God wants us to follow the advice of those who are trained to help us understand the threat that we may face for in their hands at God’s direction may be our safest passage forward. May our doctors and nurses be blessed with wisdom.

Prayer:

Our Father/Mother God, guide us through these uncertain times, instilling your wisdom in us that we may protect ourselves and by our actions the health and  safety of others. Asking this in your holy name.

Amen

Provided by Raymond E. East, Former Board Chair, Director – RHF National Board of Directors


July 13, 2020

Reading:

“The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Prayer:

Holy God, as the line that separates good from evil shifts inside my heart over the years, may I receive from your grace the gifts of patience, love and discernment as I seek to identify and constrain the malevolence within.

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. Misi Tagaloa, Director – RHF National Board of Directors


July 12, 2020

Reading:

“Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”  William James, American philosopher of 19th and early 20th century

Prayer:

Loving Creator, you have placed beauty, truth, goodness and kindness in the world you have given us.  Daily lift us up to these higher values of our human nature. Forgive us when we fall short of them, through indifference or neglect or even at times through willful disregard.  Turn us toward that which builds up.  Help us today to see the best in others and allow your best to shine through in us.

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. David Moyer, Chair – RHF National Board of Directors


July 11, 2020

Reading:

Hebrews 12:14,15

Make every effort to live in peace with all people and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one misses the grace of God, and that no bitterness grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, help us receive your peace and then to make peace with others.  Help us to see as you see; not red, yellow, black or white.  But, instead see brothers and sisters created in your image.  Help us to be like you in holiness.  Bring your grace, and help us to forgive and not grow bitter.  Help us encourage and love one another as we pursue you, Lord.  In your powerful and loving name,

Amen

Provided by Brian Magnone, CIO & VP of Treasury – RHF


July 10, 2020

Reading:

Isaiah 64:4

“From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.”

Prayer:

Grant me the patience to wait on You O Lord.  To hear and to perceive what You are up to in the world.  Grant me the discernment to identify your will and the courage to align my actions with yours.  This is my prayer.

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. Misi Tagaloa, Director – RHF National Board of Directors


July 9, 2020

Reading:

“It’s a funny thing about life:  once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things you lack.” Germany Kent

Prayer:

Give me eyes to see the smallest sign of hope, the littlest seed in my life that might grow into an opportunity for growth and positive change.  The days can seem all the same but help me today to note something that I have not seen or appreciated before and to give you thanks for it.  May something I notice today make a difference for me and for someone else.  Make my heart thankful in every way, through your grace.

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. David Moyer, Chair – RHF National Board of Directors


July 8, 2020

Reading:

Jeremiah 29:13

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.”

This verse offers us hope through the search for the truth. When we find God what shall we do with the wisdom and comfort that comes with it? Hopefully it will allow us to love our fellow beings as we have been commanded. Seek the truth and the rest will follow.

Today make it your mission to help someone else. If only with a smile and if you are wearing a mask, they will see the smile in your eyes.

Prayer:

Dear God, please deliver us from the evil that we may encounter on this earth and may we go in peace. 

Amen

Provided by Raymond E. East, Former Board Chair, Director – RHF National Board of Directors


July 7, 2020

Reading:

“If I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible what was the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men had forgotten God; that is why all this has happened.’”  Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

Prayer:

Dear God, let us not forget who you are and what you have done through our ancestors since the beginning of time.  Let every breath we take remind us of how you continue to sustain life through us.  Let us never forget who you are, lest we repeat the atrocities of the past.

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. Misi Tagaloa, Director – RHF National Board of Directors


July 6, 2020

Reading:

“Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”  William James, American philosopher of 19th and early 20th century

Prayer:

Loving Creator, you have placed beauty, truth, goodness and kindness in the world you have given us.  Daily lift us up to these higher values of our human nature. Forgive us when we fall short of them, through indifference or neglect or even at times through willful disregard.  Turn us toward that which builds up.  Help us today to see the best in others and allow your best to shine through in us.

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. David Moyer, Chair – RHF National Board of Directors


July 5, 2020

Reading:

“What the sun is to a flower, So is Jesus Christ to me. (Alfred Tennyson)

Prayer:

Loving and Gracious God, everyday I sit and breathe in the air, and see the beautiful skies and green trees. Everyday, I thank you for your goodness and mercies to me.  I pray that you will touch each RHF Family and Friend as we go each day to our assigned tasks, to make life better for many people.

You have been our sunshine but most of all, you have been our Star.  When we draw near to you, you have sustained us and given us the hope and strength to go another day.  Through Your presence we feel transformation embracing us.

We thank you for all that you do for us.

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. Norma DeSeagher, Vice Chair – RHF National Board of Directors


July 4, 2020

Reading:

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prayer:

O God whose mind is deeper than any of our thoughts and whose heart is more compassionate than we could ever imagine. We are humbled by your power and your goodness, yet we are bold to trust that we may come to you with our greatest needs. Thank you that in faith and hope, no trial in life need defeat us but we may be transformed and redeemed from defeat to victory.  Grant this gift of hope to all who seek you this day

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. David Moyer, Chair – RHF National Board of Directors


July 3, 2020

Reading:

Hebrews 4:16

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace; that we may receive mercy, and find grace to help in our time of need.

Prayer:

Help us Lord to draw near when we feel unworthy and hurt.  Help us to boldly ask for our deepest needs.  Help us in this time of isolation and division.  Please restore justice and love for our brothers and sisters.  Only you can help us supernaturally and heal in this time of need.  Help us to draw near and please draw near to us.  In your holy name,

Amen

Provided by Brian Magnone, CIO & VP of Treasury – RHF


July 2, 2020

Reading:

Hebrew 13:5-6

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have; for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’

Prayer:

Provider of all that I need, would you keep me grounded in your love and providence so I can say with confidence:  I am not afraid of what others can do to me.

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. Misi Tagaloa, Director – RHF National Board of Directors


July 1, 2020

Reading:

“Fear is the net spread by the evil one, in which we can easily become entangled and brought to a fall.  If we are afraid, we have already fallen in.”  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and martyr for opposition to Hitler.

Prayer:

I offer up my heart to you this day, O holy and eternal One.  Search my heart and take from it excessive fear and anxiety.  This is a difficult time.  There are many questions and dangers.  I am sometimes lonely without some of the human community I rely on and enjoy.  Don’t let me give in to the threats and unknowns of the circumstances around me but ground me in your promises and enfold me in your love.

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. David Moyer, Chair – RHF National Board of Directors

 

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