17 June 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Tuesday 17 June 2014
Psalm 106: 1– 24
The psalmist begins praising God and marvelling at God’s faithful love and great deeds. He then charges that we like the people of the past – from the Exodus to the time of Aaron – go astray.
1 Chronicles 21: 18 – 22: 5
The angel of the Lord tells Gad, David’s seer, to build an altar to the Lord on the site of Ornan’s threshing floor. The angel stands visible to Ornan and his sons. The sons hide but Ornan remains calm and keeps threshing. David arrives and asks to be given the threshing floor to use as an altar to God. Ornan is willing to give it and his oxen as sacrifice, his threshing sledges as fuel and his grain as an offering. David insists on paying about 7.5kg of gold.
The altar is built and sacrifice made. The angel sheaths the sword. This place continues to be the site for David’s sacrifice and worship before the Ark of the Covenant arrives. This is the site on which the temple will be built.
David begins to amass materials for the building of the temple.
Acts 4: 23 – 31
Peter and John return to the Christian community and report what happened with the chief priests and officials. The community fervently praises God and prays. They ask God to look at the threats and give them courage to speak God’s word while God performs healings and wonders in the name of Jesus. After the prayers the whole place shakes, they are filled with the Holy Spirit and speak God’s words boldly.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|From the Desert to the Sea|
Eucla WA 2014 L Osburn
Faithful and gracious God, we go astray. We stray from you so far we even kill your Son the Messiah, our redeemer and saviour. But you choose your people and protect us. You enable us to build altars for worship and make ourselves living tabernacles full of the Holy Spirit to be vehicles for your healing power and miracles through the name of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Be in us and work through us today. Strengthen us to be bold for you in the name of Christ and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Tuesday 17 June 2014
Psalm 106: 25 – 50
The ancient people keep shifting allegiance and worshipping other gods. They even conduct live sacrifice of their children. Yet God delivers them, shows compassion. The psalmist asks for God to gather us in to give thanks, glory and praise to God.
Moses reminds the people that God provides for them continually. God teaches that we do not live by bread alone but by God’s word. If we are faithful and follow the commandments we will gain a better future. When we get to that future we are to remember who brought us through and not exalt ourselves. We are not to be proud of our achievements but to give thanks. If we worship idols we will perish.
1 Corinthians 16: 13 – 24
Paul says, “Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (vs 13-14).
Paul commends the people to service and blesses them.
Collect for Evening Prayer
| The Nullabor Plain and Southern Ocean|
SA 2014 L Osburn