Thus says The Lord … “I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessings” Ezekiel 34:26
In 2015, as a church, our hope, prayers and desires are for constant showers of blessings on all of our lives and on every place the truth of Christ is taught and preached, and on all who hear and profess the gospel, that we might be filled with the fruits of righteousness.
The Prophet Ezekiel in the 34th chapter, prophesies the coming of Christ and of the most glorious days of His church. Ezekiel points out that the Lord will be Israel’s shepherd. He speaks of a season of showers that begins ‘A Reign of Blessings’. My hope for us is that 2015 will be the beginning of such a season, a time when all church members, the places surrounding “God’s hill”, (The Church of the Open Door), and the world will all be blessed.
Given that the church is the ‘Tree of Life’, all its people are to bear the fruits of salvation. Our faith in Him yields spiritual food to all souls in the church, in the community, the city, and in the nation. All are The Lord’s flock. Therefore, let our constant prayer be for a continual “Reign of Blessings” upon all who enter the sacred doors of the Church of the Open Door, with open hearts, open minds, and open spirits. Amen.
by R. Joaquin Willis, D. Min. Pastor of the Church of the Open Door
Oh God, our God, we pray for Mother Emanuel and for your servants in Charleston, South Carolina, especially those who have for over two hundred years served you at this historic church.
Lord, we pray for the one who sat under the teachings of Pastor Pinckney, and yet in cold blood, could kill him and eight others of your faithful sheep.
Lord, we pray for Mother Emanuel, where black slaves worshipped you in 1787 when it wasn't legal for them to publicly pray, to worship or even to read.
Lord, we pray for Mother Emanuel, which gave rise to leaders like Denmark Vesey, who like Christ, was a carpenter and who won his freedom by lottery, yet willingly gave it up to fight for the freedom of his wife, children, and countless others.
Lord, we pray for Mother Emanuel, this historic church, which was the victim of racial hate in 1821, was burned down, was shaken by an earth quake in 1886, and now in 2015 has been stricken by terrorism.
Lord, we thank you for Mother Emanuel, which, despite all set-backs and divine devastation, You have always rebuilt and allowed to be reborn.
Lord, we thank you for Mother Emanuel, whose service reminds us of Christ’s promise that no weapon formed against His church will prosper and that the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
Lord ,we thank you for Mother Emanuel, though smitten by hate, the victims of racism and natural disaster, and whose now seen the face of terrorism, and yet she still stands.
Lord, we thank you for Mother Emanuel, who through the love of Jesus, and despite all this, has witnessed once again your love in the face of a 'white Christian woman and her husband', whom You used to bring a 'hate-filled white racist male' to justice.
Lord, we pray that you use Mother Emanuel once again to help those who fail to know the love of Jesus Christ and to see His face in our loving acts of kindness towards her.
Lord, we pray that Mother Emanuel will continue to be a church that will help many others come to know You and Your Son Jesus Christ in the pardoning of our sins as a nation. Amen ... See MoreSee Less