New book devoted to prayer

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The Rev. H. Maurice Barnes has published a book, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray ...”

“Throughout the course of history, we have wrestled with those time worn questions of who, what, where, when, why and how,” Barnes said. “This current climate, which finds us addressing two major viruses, one we call COVID-19 and the other is racism, has forced us to assess and reassess our interrelatedness to one another.

“To that end, the prayers contained in this book seek to raise our awareness that God, as the ultimate reality, is always ‘speaking,’ yet we are so oftentimes preoccupied with the stuff of life that we fail to recognize that what is most essential to God is how we treat one another.”

The book includes prayers on various topics that he was inspired to write.

“On one side of the page is my prayer on a given topic. On the opposite side is the topic with lines for the reader to write his or her own prayer, as they are inspired to write, thus the title, ‘Lord, Teach Us to Pray…’

“So, with grace and humility, I invite you to seek, whether individually or in a small group, what God may be saying to you and may God in glory be praised, Amen.”

Free copies of the book can be obtained by contacting Barnes at revhmb1956@yahoo.com.

Barnes has served as pastor of the historic White Rock Presbyterian Church in Kinston for 23 years. He coordinates two programs for Wilson County Schools: Gentlemen’s Agreement and Equity and Inclusion Initiative.

Barnes is also the author of “Some Pre-Marital Points to Ponder.”