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

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


August 31, 2020

Reading:

Psalm 56:8–10

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is for me! I praise God for what he has promised.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, you are familiar with my sorrows.  You hear when I cry out to you, and you even collect my tears as something precious.  Help those around us who are lonely and those who need healing.  Help me hear your promises and sustain me again.  Help me know that “God is for me!”  In Christ’s name,

Amen

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


August 30, 2020

Reading:

II Corinthians 4 (selections)

“Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart….Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.  For this momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”

Prayer:

O God, holy and eternal, filled with grace and love:  I pray that I may walk by faith and not by sight alone.  May trust grow in my heart, so that I may follow your loving purposes for me and my life.  Lead me onward and lead me to you and the places where you may use my life for good.

Amen

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


August 29, 2020

Reading:

Gospel of John 14: 1-3

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”

Prayer:

Help me to pray today in the midst of much trouble, but keep my heart tuned to the melodies of your grace, O Lord.  Don’t let the trouble of the world or even my own personal troubles cause me to lose hope or to turn toward despair.  Lift me up, and let me lift another toward your grace and love.

Amen

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


August 28, 2020

Reading:

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”

  • Eric Hoffer, American social philosopher, 1898-1983

Prayer:

O god, may my life be a journey and not just a destination.  May trust lead me to seek out a way of justice and goodness.  Let me notice someone’s need today, and let me lift up someone today.  As I remember someone I have loved and lost, may I grieve, but may I also rejoice at all they have meant to me and to give thanks that they are at peace.  May this life continue to amaze me, and may I learn something new today and thus journey on.

Amen

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


August 27, 2020

Reading:

Psm 59:16,17

For thou has been my high tower, and a refuge in the day of my distress. Unto thee, oh my strength, will I sing praises. For God is my high tower, the God of my mercy.

Prayer:

Lord, I thank you I can run to you in times of trouble.  You give strength when my knees are weak from anxious thoughts.  I will sing praises to you for you bring mercy and hope.  We need you so much!  In you loving son’s name,

Amen

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


August 26, 2020

Reading:

A little boy addressing God:  “I bet it’s very hard for you to love all of everybody in the whole world.  We have only 4 people in my family, and I can’t do it.”

And . . . A man runs outside screaming and cursing at a group of children who just ran through his freshly poured driveway.  “Dear”, his wife says, “Don’t speak to them that way.  You’re a Sunday School teacher, and you love children.”  “Yes,” says the husband, “but I love them in the abstract, and not in the concrete.”

  • Two old “preacher stories” from my notebooks of nearly 50 years ago.

Prayer:

Creator God, you are the ruler of day and night, of storm and calm, of life and death.  Grant to me today a strong trust in your good intentions and your creative purposes for both my own personal life but also the life of this troubled world and all its people.  I remember those closest to me and lift them up, and I remember those who are desperate and who I will never see, and I ask you to give what is needed and what will sustain life, heal, encourage and bring hope.

Amen

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


August 25, 2020

Reading:

I love you Lord, and I lift my voice.

To worship you, Oh my soul rejoice.

Take joy my king, in what you hear.

Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ears.

Modern hymn based on Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness. Come into his presence with singing.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, please calm my heart when life is turbulent.  Help me to sing and rejoice in you.  Bring peace to me and all those around, especially when we do not understand and are troubled.  We love you Lord for you bring hope and light in dark times.  In Christ’s name,

Amen

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


August 24, 2020

Reading:

“He said, ‘In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized that, through it all, in the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.  And that makes me happy.  For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger—something better, pushing right back.”

Albert Camus, 1913-1960.  French philosopher.

Prayer:

As I draw in my breath, O Holy One, may I breathe deeply of your spirit, a spirit of goodness and healing and power, and may it be enough for my spirit to push back against whatever life tosses me today.  Let me balance the misfortune, the injustice, the decline that I experience, with the hope that your promises bring me.

Amen

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


August 23, 2020

Reading:

“There must be always remaining in every (person’s) life some place for the singing of angels, some place that which in itself is breathlessly beautiful…and throws all the rest of life into a new and creative relatedness….Despite all the crassness of life, despite all the hardness of life, despite all the harsh discords of life, life is saved by the singing of angels.”

Howard Thurman, 1899-1981

Prayer:

Lead me this day in paths that are right for me.  May the paths be filled with grace to guide me.  They don’t always have to be smooth, O God, because sometimes something I trip over is an injustice that I need to recognize and account for or a hurt I have caused another, for which I need to seek forgiveness.  Just lead me through the day, that’s all I ask and all I need.

Amen

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


August 22, 2020

Reading:

“To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings….Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living.  It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live….It is gratefulness which makes the soul great.”

-Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rabbi and 20th century Jewish theologian

Prayer:

Holy and eternal one, all around me are miracles, help me to see them as your gifts.  Underneath me is mystery, help me to trust it and to be patient while it unfolds.  Above me are wonders without number, allow me to welcome them and daily be surprised that I may experience them and be grateful that you allow me to adventure among them.

Amen

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


August 21, 2020

Reading:

“I couldn’t let go of the image of the emergency workers going up….The sense of duty, the courage, ascending into …what?  The religious image of ascension, the crossing of the line between this world, and…the next (world)….If you love life or any part of it, the depth of their sacrifice is unthinkable and incomprehensible.  Yet what they left behind was tangible.  Death opens a window of possibility for the living.  It removes the veil that the ‘ordinary’ gently drapes over our eyes.  Renewed sight is the hero’s last loving gift to those left behind.”

– Musician Bruce Springsteen reflecting on writing the song, “The Rising”, his response to the events of 9/11/01

Prayer:

O God, the way is often dark and the journey exhausting.  Help me to see that you are out there in the shadows.  As frightening as it may be, you are guiding my steps.  You have a purpose for me and you are drawing me into the unknown is filled with grace.  My destination may be hidden, but your voice calls me forward, and my steps are transforming to me and revealing to others.  Thank you.

Amen

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


August 20, 2020

Reading:

“The spirit of liberty is the spirit that isn’t sure it’s right.”

  • Justice Learned Hand

“Ignorance isn’t what you don’t know.  It’s what you know that isn’t so.”

  • William Sloane Coffin

Prayer:

God of all wisdom and knowledge, give me a spirit of humility to admit the limits of my own knowledge and to keep me from assuming I am always right.  And give me a vibrant curiosity to always seek a greater truth and a clearer understanding.

Amen

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


August 19, 2020

Reading:

Psm 54: 6,7

I will give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.  For He has delivered me out of all trouble.  And, my eyes have seen my desire upon my enemies.

Prayer:

Thank you, Lord for you are so good to me.  You have delivered me out of so many troubles.  Help me to fulfill my vows and come to you with an honest and truthful heart.  Help me not be foolish and avoid you when I most need you.  Bless those around me; and use me when necessary.  In Christ’s name, 

Amen

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


August 18, 2020

Reading:

Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me.” —Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) 

Prayer:

Holy and gracious one, it’s a dark time and my spirit is troubled, and my mind is perplexed.  Tears come easily and depression lurks at the edges of my spirit as I struggle to make sense and to cope.

Bring some lightness into my day today.  Let me hear a song or see some little hint of joy in nature or in another, so I can continue to fight through, believing in your promises.

Amen

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


August 17, 2020

Reading:

Psm 55:22

Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain thee.  He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Matt 11:28-29

Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, when life is heavy help me to cast my burden and weariness on you.  I trust you to help and give rest when I cry out and seek you.  Help me on this journey through life; and draw near as I draw near to you.  In Christ’s name,

Amen

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


August 16, 2020

Reading:

“Lead kindly light, amid th’ encircling gloom.  Lead thou me on.

The night is dark, and I am far from home.  Lead thou me on.

Keep thou my feet, I do not ask to see

The distant scene…………one step enough for me.”

John Henry Newman 1801-1890

Prayer:

O God, I am willing to walk by faith and not by sight alone.  Give my next step and help it to be in the direction of your will and purposes for my life.  I ask to be more loving.  I ask for a heart for justice and a clear mind for truth.  May this be a day in which I grow in hope.

Amen

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


August 15, 2020

Reading:

2 Cor 12:9-10

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I (Apostle Paul) delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, help us to embrace hard sayings and life circumstances.  We are so weak.  Help us to be strong in our trust that you will use our weaknesses for your glory.  Help us to truly say, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  We trust in your strong and loving name to help us,

Amen

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


August 14, 2020

Reading:

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama

Prayer:

Good and gracious and loving God:  I would ask for the courage to honestly look at the world around me and not to seek shelter in denial but to take in realities that may be uncomfortable.  Then, give me the gift of hope to realize that things may change when we human beings look at life through your divine eye and see the goodness and possibilities that are present and waiting to be uncovered and set free.

Amen

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


August 13, 2020

Reading:

“The struggle for today is not altogether for today.  It is for a vast future also.”  Abraham Lincoln

Prayer:

O God of vision.  Your view is above and beyond our greatest imagining.  Help us as persons and as a society, to see with your wise and clear eyes.  Give us at least a glimpse of what may be beyond our present crisis.  Let us have a vision of working together, of a greater sharing, a healthier human family, a care of nature, and a beloved community.  If we can see it, with your help, we will work toward it.

Amen

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


August 12, 2020

Reading:

I John 4:7,8

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, let us love one another and fulfill God’s love.  Let us encourage each other in good deeds and help those in need.  Help those around us to have good days, especially those who need healing and assistance. In Christ’s loving name,

Amen

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


August 11, 2020

Reading:

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” – Winston Churchill

Prayer:

O God, help me to simplify my life today.  Help me clear my mind of so many stray and random thoughts that intrude from social media and the television.  Let my spirit focus on the essential gifts that you give in abundance, your great mercy; your love of all people; your intentions for goodness toward the whole creation; your promise that you are always present and always seeking to bring good out of any circumstances.

Amen

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


August 10, 2020

Reading:

Romans 14:19.

“Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”

Mathew 5:9

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Prayer:

Holy God, make me so mighty in war that I subdue every impulse in my soul that destroys peace.  Let me buildup others so I may have sisters and brothers in the Kingdom.

Amen

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


August 9, 2020

Reading:

Matt 6: 9,10

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Prayer:

O Lord, we know that heaven is a beautiful place.  We look forward to being with you forever. Please bring your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.  Heal us from viruses and disease.  Restore righteousness and peace instead of riots.  Help us to look up and see you, and then learn how to love each other as you love.  Have mercy on us.  In your Son’s name.

Amen

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


August 8, 2020

Reading:

Psalm 46 (selections)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea…. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, ….  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved.  God will help her right early. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; God speaks, the earth melts.  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of faithfulness is our refuge.”

Prayer:

O eternal One, your power has set the stars and plants in motion and yet you reach down to us human beings with love and grace.  Increase in me today faith, hope, and charity that my life may bring hope to others and a deep sense of meaning to me.  May I spend the day in thankfulness for all your gifts and thus receive the gift of joy and peace.

Amen

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


August 7, 2020

Reading:

“You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices.  And hopefully, your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.”  Fred Rogers.

Joshua 24:15

“… choose this day whom you will serve, … but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”   

Prayer:

Dear God, choices have burdened us from the very beginning; but focus on Your will or what You are doing in the world and choosing becomes less burden, lifegiving, and joyful.  Thanks be to God.

Amen

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


August 6, 2020

Reading:

Psalm 24:1-2

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.”  

Prayer:

Lord, as we travel each day with so many unexpected challenges, we offer You our thanks, trusting You to guide us.  The earth is yours and we ask Your Holy Spirit to touch us with your strength, wisdom and peace. In Jesus Name,

Amen

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


August 5, 2020

Reading:

“What really matters is not whether we have problems, but how we go through them.  We must keep going on to make it through whatever we are facing.”  Rosa Parks (1913-2005)

Prayer:

Holy and eternal God, the present moment is dark with threats to health and to blessed community.  Give me patience to be still and wait for your purposes to be revealed.  Give me light enough to see a direction.  Give me the courage to take the first steps toward healing, hope, and justice, through your infinite love for me, for the whole human community, and for the entire creation.

Amen

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


August 4, 2020

Reading:

“Just as I am, though tossed about . .      With many a conflict, many a doubt.

Fighting and fears within, without…         O Loving God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, thou wilt receive.                 Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse relieve.

Because thy promise I believe………      O Loving God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, thy love unknown, has broken every barrier down.

Now to be thine, yea, thine alone……     O loving God, I come, I come.”

1835, Charlotte Elliott 1789-1871.  (adapted)

Prayer:

O holy and loving God.  I believe with all my heart that you accept me as I am, but I also know that you have higher hopes for me.  I have hopes for myself that I may change to be transformed by your love and grace to live up into your image of me as your true child.  Gently and lovingly shape me and direct me in your way, to your glory and in the service of my sisters and brothers.

Amen

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


August 3, 2020

Reading:

Matthew 6: 25-34 (selections)

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air:  they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  …Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”  

Prayer:

Good and gracious God, you know that there are times my mind races and anxieties trouble my spirit.  In these moments, lift me up just enough that I see the world through your eyes and gain perspective.  Help me to know my troubles are not mine alone but your love is always with me, working to calm my soul and show me a way through to hope and praise.

Amen

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


August 2, 2020

Reading:

1 Corinthians 9:22

“To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak.  I have become all things to all people that I might by all means save some.”

Prayer:

Lord, make me heroically unbending in my Christ-exalting resolve to bend and become all things to all people that I might save some.  Lord, hear my prayer.

Amen

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


August 1, 2020

Reading:

Romans 8:16-17

“For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children.  And since we are his children, we will share his treasures for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too.  But if we are to share His glory, we must also share his suffering.

Prayer:

We thank you O Lord, for touching us to become “soldiers of the Cross”. Your Word shares that we will gain treasures through obedience;  that we might have to suffer as You did.  Thank you for providing us with a journey that is filled with your Holy Spirit to give us strength and support. May our days ahead be chartered by Your great design.  In the mighty name of the Lord we pray,

Amen

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

 

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