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Posts by Donnie Hale

Pastoral Prayer (05/16/2021)

Our Father, who is in heaven: We approach you this morning, remembering the words of the prophet Isaiah: You are God, and there is no other. You are God, and there is none like you. You declare the end from the beginning, you declare from ancient times the things not yet done. Your counsel will…

Prayer of Confession: The Fourth Commandment

Call to Confession: Exodus 20:8-11 8Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your…

Prayer of Confession: The Two Great Commandments

Call to Confession: Matthew 22:37-39  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.“ Prayer of Confession Our God who is Love: We…

Pastoral Prayer (05/09/2021)

Heavenly Father: As the One who called us out of darkness into your excellent light, wehumbly and reverently approach your throne of grace in prayer. Our transcendent triune God, we praise you and worship you as God: eternal, infinite,absolutely holy, perfect in every way. You are Creator and you are our Creator. Theuniverse is your…

Prayer of Confession: The Second Commandment

Call to Confession: Exodus 20:4-6 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am…

Prayer of Confession: The First Commandment

Call to Confession: Ephesians 4:1-3 1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the…

Calling Our New Lead Pastor – Meeting Minutes

Due to the seriousness of the occasion, I thought it best to document our meeting minutes in a form that is easy to access as often as may be required. Janette Baker, who served as Recorder for the Pastor Search Committee, recorded the minutes. Gethsemane Baptist Church Congregational Meeting Minutes June 28, 2020 11:45 AM…

An Update on Our Pastor Search

Brothers and Sisters of Gethsemane, At our congregational meeting on February 23, Andy Evans updated you on the search committee’s efforts. One step I had taken was to reach out to several pastors for counsel on the documents we had drafted as well as other aspects of our search. I updated you all on the…

Sexual Abuse in the SBC

Last Sunday (February 17, 2019), I addressed the issue of sexual abuse in the SBC. A three-part series of articles in the Houston Chronicle put a light on this problem. Houston Chronicle – Part 1 Houston Chronicle – Part 2 Houston Chronicle – Part 3 You can listen to my comments from last Sunday here,…