Tuesday, 17 June 2014

18 June 2014


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Wednesday 18 June 2014 
Morning Prayer   

Psalm 107: 1 – 22

Whether we are lost in a dry place, imprisoned or sick we are encouraged to “cry to the Lord whose steadfast love endures forever”.

1 Chronicles 22: 6 – 23: 1

David calls Solomon and delegates to him the building of the temple. David sets aside materials sufficient for it to be a precious place. David, a warrior king has won the peace and Solomon can build and ensure the Ark of the Covenant has a home. When David is old he abdicates and passes the kingship to Solomon.

Acts 4: 32 – 5: 11

In the early church the people share property communally. People sell land they own and bring the proceeds to the apostles for sharing so that no one is in need.

One couple, Ananias and his wife Sapphira own land, sell it and bring only part of the money they receive but pretend they are giving it all. Peter explains to Ananias that while he owned the land it was all his to do with what he will. He can choose where to put the proceeds but to pretend; to lie to God is the real problem. Ananias drops dead on the spot. He is buried.

Sapphira enters and Peter asks her and she too speaks the deceit. Peter asks how it was that she and her husband decided to put the Holy Spirit to the test. He tells her Ananias is dead and she too immediately dies.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Joyful snail
Mandurah WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and almighty Lord, where you live is a precious and beautiful place. It is in our hearts. When we are in trouble we can call upon you. Examine our hearts today, clear them of all deceit and sin so that we may call on you in times of need and serve you in fullness of life and joy and spirit in the name of Christ you son our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday 18 June 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalm 107: 23 – 43

We are reminded that faithfulness leads to hope and pride to being brought low. We are to call on the Lord for our great provision.

Deuteronomy 9: 1 – 21

The Israelites are about to enter the Promised Land. Moses says they will be victorious because God will go before them to fulfil his steadfast promises. The victory will not be because the Israelites are righteous. Indeed they are not and Moses outlines their faults and disloyalties to God and how he had to intercede to ensure they were not destroyed because of their idol worship and stubbornness.

2 Corinthians 1: 1 – 11

Paul greets the Corinthians and praises God who consoles him in the current afflictions so that he and fellow disciples are able to console others. They have suffered greatly in Asia and were afraid they would be killed. God rescues and continues to rescue. The prayers from Corinth assist Paul and his fellows.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Sue's bridge WA
2014 L Osburn
Holy and compassionate Lord we know that we are not perfect and righteous and indeed make mistakes daily. You are the one who is merciful. Help us to remember that what we do reflects on the whole community of Christians. Help us to bring our failures to you so that we can receive your loving comfort and assurance of forgiveness and be refreshed to live out lives of courage and faith through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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