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

October 20, 2020

In these times as perilous as they may seem test our faith every day. We are in charge of protecting ourselves and also those around us.

Reading:

Matthew 25:21

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

Prayer:

God, grant us the strength and wisdom to remain faithful to you and to those that we encounter in our day to day world. In the name of the risen Lord, we ask this.

Amen

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


October 19, 2020

Reading:

Isaiah 43: 2-3

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned.  The flames will not light on you. For I am the Lord your God.

Prayer:

Oh God, we thank you for protection and safety for our residents and apartments through the threatening hurricanes.  We also thank you for moving the fires away from us.  We thank you that you are with us.  We ask for continued favor and protection.  And, please help us to draw near and honor you each day.  In Christ’s name.

Amen

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


October 18, 2020

Reading:

“Life is a teacher of universal truths.  That may be the reason why the religious readings of so many nations speak of the same situations and fasten on the same insights….To the wise, it seems, life is not a series of events to be controlled.  Life is a way of walking through the universe whole and holy.”

Joan Chittister, O.S.B. “The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages”

Prayer:

Loving God, thank you for being a constant presence in my life, even when I do not experience that presence.  Give me a quiet spirit, so that I may listen and hear your word for me this day and give me the strength to follow where it leads me.

Amen

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


October 17, 2020

Many of us remember the phrase, “Keep the faith Baby.” Never has this been more true today.

Reading:

Jeremiah 29: 11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Prayer:

Almighty and loving God help us to never lose our faith in you and willingness to forgive us of our shortcomings.  In the name of the living Christ.

Amen

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


October 16, 2020

Reading:

Psalm 80: 5-7

You have fed us with the bread of tears and given us tears to drink in large measure. You have made us a strife to our neighbors.  And our enemies laugh among themselves. Turn us again to you, Oh God of hosts.  And cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved.

Prayer:

Oh God, we are thankful to live in a free country.  But, we realize that democracy is a messy process, and we even have strife with our neighbors.  We pray for restoration and peace instead of unrest.  Please shine your face on us and help us to love each other.  In Christ’s loving name.

Amen

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


October 15, 2020

Reading:

“There are two ways to live in the world—as if we were connected to it like a leaf to a tree or as if we are a universe unto ourselves….(We need) discipline…to listen to the wisdom of another when our own insights are limited….To be open to the way of those who have already gone the ground before us is potentially soul-saving.”

Joan Chittister, O.S.B.  “The Rule of Benedict:  Insights for the Ages”

Prayer:

O Lord, you are creator of the universe, and you shaped it in such a way that your human family is connected, and we are part of all creation.  Help us to see the beauty of nature that delights your senses and to be grateful for the way its bounty sustains our living.  Seeing our connections to the whole, let us live our little slice of life welcoming others and always seeing and seeking the good.

Amen

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


October 14, 2020

Reading:

“Well, woke up this mo’nin
With my mind, stayin’ on Jesus Woke up this mo’nin
With my mind, stayin’ on Jesus…”

Psalms 30:5

Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. 

Prayer:

Dear God please just help us to care for ourselves and others. In Jesus name.

Amen

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


October 13, 2020

Reading:

Psalms 59:16

I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, how I long to wake with a love song in my heart.  You are my strong fortress and refuge in times of trouble.  So many times you have rescued me!  Where else can I go, but to the lover of my soul? In Christ’s name,

Amen

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


October 12, 2020

Reading:

I Corinthians 13:4-7

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.  Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.  It does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Prayer:

Holy one, may love enfold me today.  May I find it in the sunrise or in a kind word.  May I find it in my own spirit when I am patient or forgive.  May knowing love give me strength to hold fast to hope and to look for a new day and the tiny triumphs of truth and light and good.

Amen

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


October 11, 2020

Reading:

Rev 2:7

To them that overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Prayer:

Oh God, help me to overcome trials and setbacks that come my way.  I need your help for renewed strength as I walk with you daily.  I look forward to being with you and my loved ones in paradise.  Until then, help me to love others. This too shall pass. In your Son’s loving name,

Amen

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


October 10, 2020

In these challenging times I believe this is exactly what we need—trust in God’s unfailing love and moreover to reflect that love to those around us.

Reading:

Psalms 52:8

‘I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever.”

Prayer:

Eternal God, may we truly reflect your love to all those around us. May we make their lives and attitudes better and in so doing, make the world a better place to live.

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. Laverne Joseph, President & CEO, RHF


October 9, 2020

Reading:

“And now may the courage of the early morning’s dawning;  the strength of the eternal hills and wide open fields and the silent streams; the beauty of the flowered gardens; the love that makes the family and that alone can build the peace of the world—the life that is Christ, and the peace of the evening’s ending and of the midnight be with you now and forever more.”

A Benediction by Rev. Roy A. Burkhart, 1895-1962.

Prayer:

Holy and eternal and life-giving God, may I experience the peace of a benediction that recognizes just how rich your gifts are in the smallest things in life and the surprises that are abundant in the natural world.  May these gifts nurture awe, appreciation, and reverence.

Amen

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


October 8, 2020

Reading:

Deuteronomy 30: 19-20

“I call heaven and earth to witness to you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying God’s voice, and cleaving to God; for that means life to you and length of days….”

Prayer:

What a time it is these days, O God.  Sometimes I can hardly figure out what is happening.  I feel tired and frustrated that I cannot go about my usual daily routines or enjoy family and friends in the ways I was accustomed.  I get angry at many things happening in this world that seem unjust and wrong. In these moments help me to remember promises you have made to people down through the ages, and let me choose the ways you offer that lead to life and hope and encouragement.

Amen

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


October 7, 2020

Reading:

Isaiah 54: 7-8, 10

“For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion I will gather you.  In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer…. For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”  

Prayer:

There are times, loving God, when I cannot feel your presence.  Help me listen to the words of ancient promises and let me hear them fresh and new.  May your historic words of hope to your people so many centuries ago become a living word in my life right here today.  Help me to trust that your promise is always to have compassion; always to redeem.

Amen

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


October 6, 2020

Reading:

Psalm 56:9 – 13

My enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I know that God is for me.

In God, whose word I praise… In God I Trust; I will not be afraid.

For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

Prayer:

Lord, I pray that you remove fear from my life and the lives of others around me.  Give us hope and not be focused on bad news.  I trust in you and your ways which are higher than man’s ways.  I thank you that only you can deliver us from death.  Help me walk daily in the light of life with you, so that I may help others along the way.  In Christ’s name,

Amen

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


October 5, 2020

Reading:

Isaiah 40: 6

“A voice says, ‘Cry out!’  And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’  All people are grass, and their constancy is like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, the flower fades…surely the people are grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.”

Prayer:

How wonderfully and mysteriously we are made as your human creation, O God.  You have made us in your own likeness and given us power, but you have also lovingly created us with freedom to embrace your love of us or to turn away.  Forgive us for the things we have done and the things left undone, and turn us toward your love that we may serve you and bring joy and hope to others.

Amen

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


October 4, 2020

Reading:

“The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.”

– Terry Tempest Williams (1955 –  )

Prayer:

Holy and just God, you send us messengers all around us.  They call us to see beauty but also to recognize injustice and those things that lead to destruction.  Clear our vision as a people, that we may celebrate the best in life and also be about your holy work of redeeming life’s faults and shortcomings. Make us partners in a future for which generations will thank us and praise you.

Amen

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


October 3, 2020

Reading:

I Timothy 2:1-3

I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men.  For kings, and for all that are in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.   For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our savior.

Prayer:

Oh God, we lift up our leaders at all levels and thank you for them.  Help them to govern wisely and lead us in a way that blesses us your people.  We pray for peace and provision, and thank you for our national, state, county and city leaders.  Please remember them each day and protect them.  In your wise and loving name,

Amen

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


October 2, 2020

Reading:

“The secret of existence is appreciation.  Indeed, humankind will not die for lack of information, but it may well indeed perish for lack of appreciation.”

-Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rabbi & 20th Century Jewish Theologian

Prayer:

O God, the news is the same today as yesterday.  I am as personally isolated as I have been for months.  I am separated from those closest to me and feeling alone.  It is hard to sing songs of praise.  It is difficult to recognize those places of beauty and grace in the world.  My prayer today is that you would give me voice, and, in my singing, grow in me a fierce appreciation for your gifts and thus a living hope.

Amen

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


October 1, 2020

Reading:

II Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Prayer:

Oh God, we are living through COVID-19, fires and even concerns about unrest in our country.  Help us not to fear, but to trust that you are in control.  Help those who have had to evacuate their homes.  Protect them and the firefighters.  Help us to love enough to remember them frequently in prayer.

Bring peace and not division in our land.

Help me to hold up mentally as I struggle with loneliness and my own issues.  I trust your love will give me a sound mind during these emotionally trying times.   In your wise and loving name,

Amen

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


September 30, 2020

Reading:

“Awesome” is overused these days.  “How was your day?”  “Awesome.”  Perhaps, but to say it every day seems like an inflation of language.  There is a place for the word.  Several nights in July I had been out observing Comet Neowise.  This visitor is only 3 miles wide and is 64 million miles away and moving many thousands of miles an hour, but I can see it from my deck.  It had swung around the sun and is now heading off out of our solar system, not to return for 6800 years.  Now here’s a place for “awesome”! As in inspiring “awe”.  As in taking me entirely outside myself and my usual personal concerns and seeing the magnificence of this universe.  I am not the center.  I am a dot, but one with the power of awe and gratitude.  Awesome!

Prayer:

O God, thank you for this beautiful creation and for my place in it.  Deepen within my spirit a depth of appreciation for this earth, our home.  As I understand the universe and my place in it, help me see that my knowledge, when guided by love, leads to truth and goodness, and builds trust and community.

Amen

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


September 29, 2020

Reading:

“See the face of God in all your meet.  Be the face of God in all your do.  Look for the beauty.  Look for the good.  Look for God. Be the beauty.  Be the good.  Be God’s hands, feet, and heart wherever you may be.” 

Prayer:

O God, so guide my life this day that I may encounter someone who needs a kind word, and empower me to give it; someone who needs to be lifted up, and let me reach out to them; someone who is confused, and give me the strength to guide them, so I may be your loving face to someone today.

Amen

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


September 28, 2020

Reading:

Romans 8:38-39 (New Living Translation)

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Prayer:

At least You love us, Lord.  Thank you. I rely on Your love.  I would not want to live without it.  I pray that to all who open their hearts, You will flood their being with Your Holy Spirit and love.  In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Provided by Sharon Young, Service Coordinator – Los Arcos in Poway, California


September 27, 2020

Reading:

Rev 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If any person hears my voice, and opens the door, then I will come into them, and sup with them and them with me.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, when I am lonely please help me to hear your encouraging voice.  Come be with me.  To sup in old times was a friendly and intimate relationship so come and be close with me.  Help me to reach and help others, and be a friend too.  In your kind and loving name,

Amen

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


September 26, 2020

Reading:

“If it were all so simple!  If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them.  But 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 (1918-2008), Russian novelist and political prisoner

Prayer:

God, grant power to me today to choose the good over all that threatens it and creates a barrier between me and your abiding love.  Give me energy to make good choices.  Move me onward and outward toward your will and purposes and toward a love of others that builds community.

Amen

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


September 25, 2020 

Reading:

Proverbs 24:16

Come now, and let us settle the matter, says the Lord.  Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.  Though they be red like crimson, they be like (clean) wool.

Isaiah 1:18

For a righteous person may fall seven times, they rise again…

Prayer:

Oh God, you have seen my sins and mistakes.  I trust that you love me and will forgive and help me to rise again.  Let me see myself as you do–as white as snow, and like wool. Thank you for always being “for me and not against me.”  You help me in each day of life.  Please bring hope and comfort to those who need it today.  In Christ’s name,

Amen

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


September 24, 2020

Reading:

Mark 13;31

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

Prayer:

O holy one, so shape my heart today that I may honestly believe and surely trust your promises.  Help me to have faith and hope that amid so many changes and so many threats, that these things will pass away but your love and promises will keep me and us all forever.

Amen

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


September 23, 2020

Reading:

This is one of my favorite passages from the bible. It is about our undying love for those who are special to us but may seem so far from us.

The parable of the Prodigal Son Luke 15-11

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate.

Prayer:

Dear God, welcome us home, when we have strayed, and into your loving arms. In his name, we pray this.

Amen

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


September 22, 2020

Reading:

“Clearly God is more comfortable with diversity than we are.  After all, (God) made it!  On the other hand, we tend to fear our differences more than we celebrate them….Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.”

William Sloane Coffin (1924-2006)

Prayer:

Loving God, guide me today.  Where I am tired, renew me.  Where I am stuck, show me a new and yet more excellent way. Where I am timid, grant courage and passion.  Where I am intimidated by troubles, grant hope.  Where I am in conflict, come and take me and another by the hand and walk with us to open hearts and minds.  Bless me and all this day, for your holy name’s sake.

Amen

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


September 21, 2020

Reading:

Psalm 70:4,5

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad. And let those that love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.

But I am poor and needy. Make haste unto me, Oh God. Thou art my deliverer; Oh Lord, do no tarry.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, we rejoice and are glad in You when we seek you. You know our needs before we ask, and you recognize our weaknesses. Make haste unto me! For you deliver when I cannot help myself. Come to my aid, Oh Lord. In Christ’s loving name,

Amen

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


September 20, 2020

Reading:

“The importance (of forgiveness) is not so much that it absolves the one forgiven as that it cleanses the one who forgives.”

Pumla Gobodo-Madikezela, Member of South Africa’s ‘Trust and Reconciliation’ Commission

Prayer:

Good God, holy and life-affirming spirit, I come to you seeking the gift of your peace and the power of your spirit to guide me in ways of deep forgiveness. Help me to release those memories of offenses and those hurts I have suffered and those I have caused. Today is a new day, and I pray for a fresh and free start.

Amen

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


September 19, 2020

Reading:

Proverbs 11:2

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.”

Prayer:

God grant us the joy known in wisdom and humility. For then we will be better for it.

In his name,

Amen

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


September 18, 2020

Reading:

“We do not live by what is possessed, but by what is promised.”

Walter Brueggemann (1933- )

Prayer:

God of promises, I am so thankful that in these few moments I have turned off the news and left the computer keyboard on the table. I am open to hear your promises that have sustained the mothers and fathers in faith for countless generations. Let me hear them fresh today and trust them and thus live with a lively and compelling hope.

Amen

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


September 17, 2020

Reading:

I love the beautiful old hymn that is named “How Can I Keep From Singing?” If you do not know it try and listen to it. Perhaps, during a quiet time just read the words:

My life goes on in endless song Above earth´s lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn That hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife I hear its music ringing,
It sounds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?

While though the tempest loudly roars, I hear the truth, it liveth.
And though the darkness ’round me close, Songs in the night it giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm, While to that rock I´m clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth How can I keep from singing?

Prayer:

Oh, gracious and loving God allow us to know the ways to protect ourselves, loved ones and those in need. In the name of the risen Christ.

Amen

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


September 16, 2020

Reading:

Job 1:21

And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gives, and the LORD takes away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

Prayer:

Help us be reminded and humbled in our lowly state in life.  We are so proud and often forget you. Forgive us!  Help us to trust in you our only hope, healer and Savior.  All else is dust and blows away in the wind. Be merciful and help us, and our loved ones.  We trust in Christ’s saving arms.

Amen

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


September 15, 2020

Reading:

“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.”

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), The Irony of American History

Prayer:

Come, loving spirit, come.  Shape me this day in ways that are in keeping with your will and purposes.  I am weary, please lift me up.  I am drawing inward, show me the way to community and serving.  I am confused, grant a clarity that cuts through the many things that masquerade as truth.  I am feeling alone, keep me company.  I ask you for the gift of hope to sustain and strengthen me.

Amen

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


September 14, 2020

Reading:

“The power of the future lies not in the hands of those who believe in scarcity but of those who trust God’s abundance.”

Walter Brueggemann  (1933- )

Prayer:

Loving and gracious God, in prayer I lift my hands up, because I know that my ultimate strength comes from beyond myself.  I open my arms wide, because I trust that as I welcome in the world around me and the persons you place in my life, I will find the resources for living with imagination. I breathe in deeply, because I trust that my breath receives the breath of your spirit.  I breathe out to offer back to you all that is in me, so that your grace may redeem it.  Thank you for this blessing.

Amen

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


September 13, 2020

Reading:

I would be strengthened each day if I could only remember to recite this verse each morning at the beginning of my day. I shall try to add that to things that I must do for myself to begin each day.

Psalm 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Prayer:

Oh, Great spirit open our minds and our hearts to receive your word that we might be at peace within ourselves.

Amen

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


September 12, 2020

Reading:

Psalm 57:1,2

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me; For my soul takes refuge in thee: Yes, in the shadow of thy wings will I take refuge; Until these calamities are passed. I will cry out to God Most High; Unto God that performs all things for me.

Prayer:

How much I need mercy until these calamities pass by.  Please help me to be strong in the midst of weakness, and comfort others when I am lonely.  Help me to seek your refuge and encouragement when I am down and discouraged.  Help me hear of your great love anew every morning.  In your merciful and loving name Jesus,

Amen

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


September 11, 2020

Reading:

“Love takes up where knowledge leaves off….To convert somebody, go and take them by the hand and guide them.”

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Prayer:

Sometimes, O God, I feel like a stranger in a strange land.  I am separated from family and friends by this terrible virus.  I am confused by the many things I hear on the news.  I long for human connection and for clarity.  Give me strength to believe deep in my heart that we as a world community will get through this crisis, and that when we come out the other side we will have learned some things about living together, through the power of your spirit.

Amen

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


September 10, 2020

Reading:

As pants the heart for cooling streams When heated in the chase

So longs my soul, O God, for Thee And Thy refreshing grace.

Why restless, why cast down, my soul?      Trust God who will employ

His aid for thee, and change these sighs To thankful hymns of praise.

(Hymn based on Psalm 42.  Hugh Wilson 1766-1824.  Original G.F. Handel, 1713)

Prayer:

What a beautiful gift your creation is, O Creator God.  It’s bounty sustains our living and its beauty delights our senses.  When I am anxious and out of breath, lead me to cool and refreshing streams of grace and love that I may drink in your goodness and be renewed in body and spirit.

Amen

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


September 9, 2020

Reading:

Psalms 66:18 -20

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.

But God has heard.  He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Blessed be the Lord, who has not turned away my prayer.

Nor his lovingkindness from me.  

Prayer:

Thank you for your forgiveness and that you hear my cries for help.

Thank you for attending to my prayers, and not turning away.  Your lovingkindness is like breath to me and carries me through each day.  Where else could I go but to you?  In your son’s loving name,

Amen

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


September 8, 2020

Reading:

“The voice of my grandfather said to me, ‘The air is precious.  It shares its spirit with all the life it supports.  The wind that gave me my first breath also received my last sigh.  You must keep the land and air apart and sacred, as a place where one can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.’”

Chief Seattle (1786?-1866), Suquamish and Duwamish chief

Prayer:

Gracious God, remember today all those who serve you by serving their sisters and brothers in the human community, especially our essential workers in health care and our teachers and those who care for us in the settings where we live.  Bless them.  Keep them safe, through your goodness and love, and help us to be thankful for them.

Amen

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


September 7, 2020

Reading:

Matthew 17:7

But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”

Prayer:

During these times when touching those we love cannot always be accomplished, it is then that our faith will be tested. Never in my many years have I know such a sense of isolation and yet those are the times that isolation can be welcomed. We then that we must rely on our sweet memories to keep us from feeling not so alone.

Our gracious loving God make us aware of all of the wonderful gifts of love that you have provided.

Amen

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


September 6, 2020

Reading:

Worship song — Psalms 63:3,4

Thy lovingkindness is better than life.  Thy lovingkindness is better than life.

My lips shall praise thee.  Thus will I bless thee.

I will lift up my hands unto thy name.

Prayer:

Oh, God.  When I don’t understand and am anxious I will trust in Your lovingkindness.  For your loving kindness is better than life. I will praise you for You are a present help in times of need.  I will bless thee and cling to your promises.   In your loving Son’s name

Amen

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


September 5, 2020

Reading:

“I’m pressing on the upward way…………New heights I’m gaining every day.

Still praying as I onward bound……….Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

Lord, lift me up and let me stand……By faith on heaven’s table land

A higher plane than I have found……Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

My heart has no desire to stay………Where doubts arise and fears dismay.

Tho’ some may dwell where these abound………..My prayer, my aim is higher ground.

Lord, lift me up and let me stand….By faith on heaven’s table land

A higher plane than I have found….Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

– Johnson Oatman, Jr. 1898

Prayer:

O holy God, you have knit us together in creation into one humanity, one community of your children, with your image in each one of us.  Don’t let us give in to the voices that divide.  Don’t let us yield to the borders of race and religion and nationality but to hold fast to your promises that we are all one and all have a place at your abundant table of justice and grace.

Amen

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


September 4, 2020

Reading:

Psalm 43:5

Why downcast oh my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want (go without).

Prayer:

Oh God, help me when I am anxious and lonely.  Help me put my hope in you to save and bless.  I choose to trust that you are my shepherd and that I shall not go without.  Bless those who are sick and help us be fully restored to be with our friends and family again. In Christ’s name,

Amen

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


September 3, 2020

Reading:

Philippians 4: 4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer:

Almighty and ever living God, may your gentle hand of grace be on me today and may it guide my steps, that I may notice your marks of goodness in my life, be thankful for them and follow with hope.

Amen

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


September 2, 2020

Reading:

Micah 6:8

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  

Prayer:

Good and loving God, I came to you in days past when I was troubled and perplexed, and you comforted me and guided my thoughts and my way.  Come to me again today and redeem my spirit from its heaviness and dry my tears of confusion and lead my feet in a good path for your holy name’s sake.

Amen

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


September 1, 2020

Reading:

Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 1, 3-4

“I thank God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership.”

These words by Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 1, verse 3 and 4, describe my feelings for the RHF family of over 22,000 residents, 2,900 team members who serve, and hundreds of board members and donors.

My compensation has been a paycheck but even more is the stories I have heard and continue to hear about the difference that we make in the lives of people.  Thank you for the difference you are making. Keep it up!

Prayer:

Thank you God for your love and for the opportunities to share that love with persons of all races, creeds and colors.  Continue to use us in your service.

Amen

Provided by Rev. Dr. Laverne Joseph, President & CEO – RHF

 

 

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