Monday, July 3, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Monday, July 3, 2017

Thank God for the privilege of prayer. Take a few moments to reflect on the implications. The Creator of the Universe knows you by name. He is slow to anger and abounding in mercy. He loves you with an everlasting love. He invites you to come into His presence.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Friday, June 30, 2017

Pray for God to raise up Leaders among us. Pray for people willing to take up the challenging task of serving on Ministry Council. Pray for sensitivity to God's leading in our own lives and anything He would ask us to do for our church.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Thursday, June 29, 2017

Consider fasting in a broader context than just food. The discipline of saying NO for a short time to something we cling to makes saying NO to other things easier. Think of coffee, chocolate, TV, computers, iPhones. If you have never fasted before, try a 12 hour fast initially. Spend a moment or two in prayer each time the craving pulls. Although it is ideally a private decision between you and God, challenging one to two others to team up with you for the same time period can be helpful.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Wednesday June 28, 2017

Pray for the courage to consider fasting. "Even now," declares the Lord, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity." —Joel 2:12-23

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pray for a deep love for Hanover Missionary Church. As God to help us always strive for His best for the church. Ask Him to help us be unifying forces. Ask Him to help us be encouragers.
"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt. O Virgin Israel. Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful." —Jeremiah 31:3

Monday, June 26, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Monday, June 26, 2017

Pray for our Missionaries on Canadian soil. Pray that their ministry would be recognized as valid and vital. Pray for sensitivity to the people they are working among. Pray for understanding and compassion for the reasons they are regarded with suspicion. Pray for patience for the long, slow process of building trust. Pray for integrity in day to day living.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Friday, June 23, 2017

Pray for our Missionaries in other parts of the world. Pray for sensitivity to the culture. Pray for wisdom with language issues. Pray for physical and spiritual safety. Pray for family dynamics, whether close to home or far away.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pray for the spiritual temperament of HMC. Pray for God to revive us and refine us so that we burn hot for our heavenly Father. Pray that we may never be accused of being lukewarm. Ask God to give us singleness of heart and open minds to understand His Word so that our hearts are on fire for our great God.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pray for HMC in the world. Pray that we would be known as distinct from the world in love and holiness, even as we engage outsiders. Pray that many among us would share the gospel this week—and see people come to know Christ! Pray that if persecution comes, we would remember to love, not curse, and to pray for our enemies.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Guest Speaker Stan Bragg - Sermon Video

Daily Prayer Request - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pray for our Behind-the-Scenes Workers. Thank God for every preschool and nursery worker/coffee/facilities/mission planning/bylaw/policy/finance/discernment/personnel/team member/custodian etc. devoted to serve. Pray that God would bless them for their obedience and generosity and keep them in an attitude of humility.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Monday, June 19, 2017

Pray for Men in Action. Pray that this ministry will build our men in their faith. Pray that they will be in right relationship with God and each other. Pray for men to love their wives as Christ loves the church, and to instruct their children with patience. Pray that they would hold each other accountable and support and encourage each other.

Friday, June 16, 2017

When Jesus Shows Up - Sermon Video

Daily Prayer Request - Friday, June 16, 2017

Pray for our Seniors. Thank God for every pray hair attained by righteous living. Pray that they be willing and Godly mentors, so that all can be blessed by their Christian example and ability to train us. Help us be humbly submissive as we benefit from their wisdom and understanding. Pray that they receive the strength and power God promised to the weary and weak. Pray that they will put their hope in the Lord and be renewed in the process.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pray for our Lead Pastor Search Team, that their search process and decision making would be Spirit led as they search for our new lead pastor. Pray that each member of the team would be gifted with Godly wisdom and discernment. Pray that they be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit guiding them to the pastor God has chosen for us.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pray for our finances, that giving would be faithful, as well as joyful, consistent, and sacrificial, and that our monthly needs be met. Pray that the Holy Spirit would keep reminding us of God's promise to throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out blessing on all who bring the whole tithe into His house.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pray for each who attends HMC, that we would be learning spiritually to be followers of God, equipping us to go out and make disciples in the world.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Daily Prayer Request - Monday, June 12, 2017

Pray for our online services, that those who view our online ministries would be receptive to the Word of God. Pray for the volunteers that are gifted in this area and that more would feel the desire to step forward and help.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Friday, June 9, 2017

Pray for our Prayer Ministry, to strengthen the leaders both physically and spiritually. Pray that they would be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and the needs of the church. Pray for humility and boldness. Ask God to nudge others to join this ministry.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pray for our Worship Teams, that the musicians would be divinely inspired as they sing and pray to the Lord. Pray for more God-gifted volunteers and that as public examples, they would walk faithfully before the Lord.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pray for Unity in the Spirit. Pray that we will all have a similar desire to see God's will done through and in HMC. Pray against satan's tricks being used in our midst (e.g. hurts, anger, unforgiveness). Pray that we would keep our eyes on God's leading and trust Him to sort out the things we don't understand.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pastor Jason's Farewell Sunday

Daily Prayer Request ~ Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pray the HMC stands fast in the Lord. Pray that our HMC family will be rooted and firm in their faith. Not blown away by every attack, false doctrine or sin that satan brings along.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Monday, June 5, 2017

Pray intercessory prayer for HMC brothers and sisters, so that we will become encouragers and uplifters - strengthening our HMC family.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Daily Prayer Request~ Friday, June 2, 2017

Pray for our G2G Groups. Pray for the leaders that they be Godly leaders and that the hearts of those in the groups would be fertile soil for the Word of God.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pray that we would learn to seek God with ALL of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Pray for Peace, individually, within out families, within out church, and for the world.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Preparing for Change: Letting Go and Taking Hold



Get honest and embrace the vision God has given you

   1. Get honest with God (1:2-4)

   2. Receive God's honesty to you (1:5-11)

   3. Be patient through the storm (1:12-2:1)

   4. Take hold of the vision God's given you (2:2-4)




Habakkuk 1:1-2:4New International Version (NIV)

The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

How long, Lord, must I call for help,
    but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
    but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
    and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
    so that justice is perverted.

The Lord’s Answer

“Look at the nations and watch—
    and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
    that you would not believe,
    even if you were told.
I am raising up the Babylonians,[a]
    that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
    to seize dwellings not their own.
They are a feared and dreaded people;
    they are a law to themselves
    and promote their own honor.
Their horses are swifter than leopards,
    fiercer than wolves at dusk.
Their cavalry gallops headlong;
    their horsemen come from afar.
They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;
    they all come intent on violence.
Their hordes[b] advance like a desert wind
    and gather prisoners like sand.
10 They mock kings
    and scoff at rulers.
They laugh at all fortified cities;
    by building earthen ramps they capture them.
11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—
    guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

Habakkuk’s Second Complaint

12 Lord, are you not from everlasting?
    My God, my Holy One, you[c] will never die.
You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment;
    you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.
13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
    you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
    Why are you silent while the wicked
    swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
14 You have made people like the fish in the sea,
    like the sea creatures that have no ruler.
15 The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks,
    he catches them in his net,
he gathers them up in his dragnet;
    and so he rejoices and is glad.
16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net
    and burns incense to his dragnet,
for by his net he lives in luxury
    and enjoys the choicest food.
17 Is he to keep on emptying his net,
    destroying nations without mercy?
I will stand at my watch
    and station myself on the ramparts;
I will look to see what he will say to me,
    and what answer I am to give to this complaint.[d]

The Lord’s Answer

Then the Lord replied:
“Write down the revelation
    and make it plain on tablets
    so that a herald[e] may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
    it speaks of the end
    and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
    it[f] will certainly come
    and will not delay.
“See, the enemy is puffed up;
    his desires are not upright—
    but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness[g]

Footnotes:

  1. Habakkuk 1:6 Or Chaldeans
  2. Habakkuk 1:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  3. Habakkuk 1:12 An ancient Hebrew scribal tradition; Masoretic Text we
  4. Habakkuk 2:1 Or and what to answer when I am rebuked
  5. Habakkuk 2:2 Or so that whoever reads it
  6. Habakkuk 2:3 Or Though he linger, wait for him; / he
  7. Habakkuk 2:4 Or faith
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Daily Prayer Request ~ Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pray that we would hunger and thirst for the things of God - for righteousness. Pray that God would confront our complacency and somehow stir and intense desire in us to draw closer to Him.

"When I shut up the heavens so there there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land...but if you turn away...then I will uproot."
—2 Corinthians 7:13-14 & 20

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pray for Support Ministries, that God-gifted volunteers would take up the torch. Pray that we, as a church, would be attentive to the needs in our community as well as in our church family.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Monday, May 29, 2017

Pray for Good to prevail over Evil. Pray for protection for our HMC church body from the attacks of the enemy. Help us be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves as we deal with the wolves around us. Show us how to test every spirit to see if it is from God. Help us recognize the enemy's disguises and schemes so that he won't outwit us.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Friday, May 26, 2017

Pray for our Young at Heart leaders and members. Pray that we would be wise enough to tap into their wisdom and that they would be encouraged to share. Pray that whether strong and active or increasingly frail, their lives would be a testimony of the faithfulness of God. Pray for the measureless honour that one of them would take up the challenge of praying by name for you on a regular basis. Pray that we would find ways to express our respect and our love to them.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pray for Pastor Jason & Erika, Shawna and Elijah as they move into a new chapter of life. Thank God for Jason's educational opportunities. Pray for a ministry placement for Erika. Pray for wisdom as they consider questions of moving or staying, where they will worship as a family, and schooling for the kids.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Joy of Serving ~ Sermon Title

Daily Prayer Request ~ Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pray for the courage to surrender our will to God for ourselves and our church. We live in a very independent culture. Surrender, even to God, feels foreign to us.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

                 —Psalm 139:23-24

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pray to increase our desire to seek God and come together as a church body, to turn from any wicked ways and honestly and passionately seek God. Pray that there would be a renewed hunger to study the Bible and seek Him in prayer.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Monday, May 22, 2017

Pray for our Young Adults and Young Families. Pray for purity in a world that promotes sex without boundaries. Pray for the strength and courage to hang on during tough times in their marriages. Pray for wisdom as they enter the world of parenting.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Friday, May 19, 2017

Pray for our toddlers and infants. Pray for love and security in their lives. Pray for godly examples and for teaching that gives them a foundation in the things of God, whatever their home situation.


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pray for our Children & Youth, that the little ones remain humble examples of what we adults need to become in the kingdom. Let their conduct always be pure and right with reputation that show that they remember their Creator God. Teach them to declare God's marvellous deeds. Pray that they flee evil desire and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Daily Prayer Request ~ Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pray for our Youth and Young Adults in college and university. Pray that the things they have learned would come to mind when the many voices of the world would pull them away from their trust in God. Pray that they would remain true. Pray that if they begin to drift, God's Spirit would draw them back.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Wisdom ~ Sermon Video


Proverbs 8New International Version (NIV)

Wisdom’s Call

Does not wisdom call out?
    Does not understanding raise her voice?
At the highest point along the way,
    where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
beside the gate leading into the city,
    at the entrance, she cries aloud:
“To you, O people, I call out;
    I raise my voice to all mankind.
You who are simple, gain prudence;
    you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.[a]
Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
    I open my lips to speak what is right.
My mouth speaks what is true,
    for my lips detest wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are just;
    none of them is crooked or perverse.
To the discerning all of them are right;
    they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
    knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
    and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
    I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
    I hate pride and arrogance,
    evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
    I have insight, I have power.
15 By me kings reign
    and rulers issue decrees that are just;
16 by me princes govern,
    and nobles—all who rule on earth.[b]
17 I love those who love me,
    and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor,
    enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
    what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
    along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me
    and making their treasuries full.
22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,[c][d]
    before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
    at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
    when there were no springs overflowing with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
    before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the world or its fields
    or any of the dust of the earth.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
    when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
    and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
    so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30     Then I was constantly[e] at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
    rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
    and delighting in mankind.
32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
    blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
    do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
    watching daily at my doors,
    waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
    and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
    all who hate me love death.”

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 8:5 Septuagint; Hebrew foolish, instruct your minds
  2. Proverbs 8:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; other Hebrew manuscripts all righteous rulers
  3. Proverbs 8:22 Or way; or dominion
  4. Proverbs 8:22 Or The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work; or The Lord brought me forth at the beginning of his work
  5. Proverbs 8:30 Or was the artisan; or was a little child
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