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 198 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

January 25, 2021

Reading:

­­Isaiah 40: 1-5 (selections)

“comfort, comfort my people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended….A voice cries:  ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord….Every valley shall be lifted up and every mountain and hill be made low….And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together….’”

Prayer:

Holy God, guard and guide, you hear the deepest cries of the heart, and you offer comfort and peace.  Forgive me when I am not trusting of your promises.  Grant me the gift of hope and confidence that your will and purposes are shaping my life for good.

Amen

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


January 22, 2021

Reading:

­­­Psalm 131

A song of ascents. Of David (to the temple).  NIV version

My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty;  I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.

Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, help my heart not to be proud or seek things too wonderful for me. Give me a calm and content spirit like a weaned child.  When I am like a child I trust you to forgive me.  Help me to not cry in complaint or make a mess. I seek your hope in my life for where else can I find hope?  Oh, thank you for your Son; such a priceless and precious gift.

Amen

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


January 21, 2021

Reading:

­­­

Book of Ruth 1:16-17

“Ruth said, ‘Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you!  For where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God….if even death parts me from you!’”

Prayer:

O God, help me to be loyal to those I care about and to the deepest values that guide my life.  And I pray that those whom I need will be faithful to me in this difficult time.

Amen

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


January 20, 2021

Reading:

­­­

“it is a serious thing just to be alive

on this fresh morning in this broken world”

Poem, “Red Bird” by Mary Oliver.

“I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

Mary Oliver

Prayer:

O God, help me today to note in fresh ways, the little gifts you place right in my view.  I miss so many of your graces.  Give me eyes today to see that there is much to appreciate in this world.  Remind me I am not just a visitor here, but you intend me to live fully in the world.

Amen

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


January 19, 2021

Reading:

Matthew 24:32, 33

Now learn the lesson from the fig tree:  As soon as its young shoots become tender and it puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So, you too, when you see all these things taking place, know for certain that He is near, right at the door.

Prayer:

I have heard it said that Matthew 24 is ‘knocking on the door.” Oh Lord, I do not know when.  Help me to not grow cold in this time of COVID isolation and fear.  If you are at the door, will I be ready? Help me stay close as I start a new year.  In Christ’s saving name,

Amen

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


January 18, 2021

Reading:

Jeremiah 31: 16-17

”Thus says the Lord:  Keep your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; there is a reward for your work…there is hope for your future…your children shall come back to their own country.”

Prayer:

How often, O Lord, do I wonder if my work and my path through life has meaning.  You promise that even the insignificant contributes to the whole and that hope empowers me to live for a new tomorrow, a future closer to your loving intentions for the whole human community.

Amen

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


January 15, 2021

Reading:

­­­

“I believe you and me are sisters and brothers
And I, I believe we’re made to be here for each other
And we’ll never fall if we walk hand in hand
Put a world that seems broken together again
Yeah I, I believe in the end love wins.  Oh, yeah, love wins.

Love will, love can, love still, love wins
Love will, love can, love still, love wins”

“Love Wins” -Carrie Underwood

Prayer:

Holy and eternal God, gracious and life-changing spirit:  Allow the power of love to move into my life in this time of prayer and make me aware of its power and trusting in its goodness.  Then give me the hands and feet to take that love into the world around me.

Amen

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


January 14, 2021

Reading:

Psalm 34:18.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Prayer:

May we just find the hope that will allow us to make each day’s journey without hurt and pain. May our broken hearts be no more. In his name.

Amen

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


January 13, 2021

Reading:

Psalm 67: 1-3

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that thy way may be known upon the earth, thy saving power among all nations.  Let the peoples praise, thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee!”  

Prayer:

O God, may these ancient words be in my heart today.  May I praise you not only with my words but in my life and the way I live today.

Amen

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


January 12, 2021

Reading:

Isaiah 9:2,3a

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy.

Prayer:

Oh help us see Your light.   Lift those in our land out of darkness and bring life and hope.  For dwelling with you brings life and life more abundantly. We lift up our loved ones to you.  Encourage them and keep them healthy in these trying times. In Christ’s blessed name,

Amen

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


January 11, 2021

Reading:

“Creator God, creating still, by will and word and deed.  Create a new humanity to meet the present need. Redeemer God, redeeming still, with overflowing grace.  Pour out your love on us…through us, make this a holy place.”

Hymn, “Creator God, Creating Still”. Jane Parker Huber, 1926-2008.

Prayer:

God of life and light, give me your presence in this hour and through this day.  Stir my heart to seek your purposes in all my living.  Give me trust enough to make changes I need to make, so that I may be more faithful, hopeful, and loving.

Amen

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


January 8, 2021

Reading:

Gospel of John 1:1-5

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….All things came into being through him…What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”

Prayer:

O holy and eternal One, so much of our world seems to be in darkness.  Grant your holy and loving light to guide us into a new year and a new way of being and being together in this world.

Amen

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


January 7, 2021

Reading:

Psalm 34:18

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Prayer:

May we just find the hope that will allow us to make each day’s journey without hurt and pain. May our broken hearts be no more. In his name,

Amen

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


January 6, 2021

Reading:

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

Voltaire, French philosopher, 1694-1778

Prayer:

O God, my prayer today is that you may help me to see the best in those around me.  When I begin to be critical of someone, help me to see life through their eyes and to see they are trying to help me.  Help me to see life and persons as gifts from you.

Amen

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


January 5, 2021

Reading:

II Timothy 4:9,21.

“Do your best to come to me soon….Do your best to come before winter.”

The apostle, Paul, wrote to his friend and colleague, Timothy, asking him to come to Rome to visit Paul in prison.  He voiced some urgency that Timothy “come before winter” when travel on the Mediterranean in that day shut down.  There are moments in life where we need to act, or an opportunity for good may be lost. What is one thing you might do today…….for good?

 Prayer:

Holy and gracious God, help me today to build on the spark of your goodness that is within me.  Allow me to undertake love’s work and to reach out to family and friends and any in need.  Make me confident of the transformation that comes through trust in you.

Amen

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


January 4, 2021

Reading:

I Peter 1:25

All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field.  The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of the Lord endures forever.  And, this is the word, the good news of salvation, which was preached to you.

Prayer:

How I enjoy the beauty of nature—the grasses and flowers of the field on a sunny day.  Their beauty encourages me.  Help me to count my days and know how I am made.  As I age, help me to live honorably for I will also fade and eventually meet You soon.  Thank you for the gift of life in Your Son.

Amen

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


January 3, 2021

Reading:

Gospel of John 10: 10-11

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  

Prayer:

O God, sometimes my life seems to be governed by scarcity.  There is too little of good news, friends, or material resources. Yet you promise life with abundance, and you promise that you will provide enough to sustain me, when I put my trust in your love.  Give me spiritual strength today to let go of my fears of what I don’t have enough of and to see those places where I am blessed.

Amen

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


January 2, 2021

Reading:

“O God within me, speak from your mysterious morn.

Speak through the few, your light of life to nourish us anew.

Speak for our world possessed by demon influences of evil and unrest.

Act, as of old, that we some dawnlit destiny may behold from this darkened place.

O move in mercy among us.  Grant accepted grace.”

Siegfried Sassoon, English poet, writer and soldier (1886-1967) 

Prayer:

I thank you for this new day, gracious God.  You have given me blessed rest and now have renewed your promises with another morning.  May I see minutes and hours as gifts and be grateful.  May I see problems and challenges as moments to ask for your help.  May I find some purpose that will please you today.

Amen

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


January 1, 2020

Reading:

Psalms 134:1,2.

Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord. Lift up your voice (hands) in the sanctuary, and bless, bless ye the Lord

Prayer:

How can we praise you when things are uncertain?  Oh, how we wish for a New Year with new hopes and dreams!  You command us to praise You and trust even when it is not easy.  Come near and help us to draw near.  For you hold the future and our hopes and dreams.  We trust you.  Therefore, we will bless you and acknowledge your ways are good.  For you are good to me.  In Christ’s loving name.

Amen

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


 

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