Thursday, 19 June 2014

20 June 2014


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 20 June 2014 
Morning Prayer   

Psalms 114 and 115

First, the psalmist recalls the exodus and crossing of the sea and the Jordan: that the natural world moved and changed to suit God’s purpose. The second psalm starts praising God for faithful and constant expression of love. The psalmist ridicules the idol-makers who like their idols may have the physical senses (eyes, ears, noses…) but make no use of them. God is contrasted as a sensing and active presence worthy to be trusted. The psalmist blesses the hearer of the psalm.

1 Chronicles 28: 20 – 29: 9

David continues telling the leaders of the people about the arrangements for the building of the temple. He acknowledges Solomon’s youth and inexperience and sets out the organisational chart and protocols for the priests, the artisans and the volunteers. He gives more detail about the materials and how much he personally is giving for the temple’s construction. He asks for other free will donations and the leaders are abundantly generous. Everyone rejoices.

Acts 5: 27 – 42

The apostles are brought before the chief priest and council. The high priest reminded them of their orders not to preach which they disobeyed. Peter proclaims Christ crucified and exalted so that Israel might be forgiven her sins and given the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The council becomes angry and wants the apostles killed. Gamaliel, a teacher of the law orders that the apostles be taken from the room so that council can talk candidly. He reminds council of other groups who rose up and after time failed and were dispersed. He recommends nothing be done because if it is from man’s ambition it will fail, and if it is from God the high priest and council would find themselves fighting God.

The apostles are flogged and released. They rejoice because their ministry is making a difference, they are happy to suffer for the sake of Jesus. “And every day thereafter they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah” (v. 42).

Collect for Morning Prayer

Sculpture of a Fisher
Fremantle Harbour WA
2014 L Osburn
Praise to you great and holy Lord, you can make miraculous changes in the physical word, inspire people to create, to be courageous and generous, and you build and sustain us as teachers and preachers for your people. Be with us today in all we do. Help us to see the positive differences we are making in your world so that we too may be sustained and nurtured through Jesus Christ your son and our redeemer. Amen.

Friday 20 June 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalms 116 and 117

The first psalm gives thanks to God for healing. Even when he is profoundly depressed the psalmist trusts in God. The second psalm is a global call to praise God.

Deuteronomy 10: 10 – 11: 12

Moses continues his address to the people before they begin to enter The Promised Land. The people are to love and serve the Lord with all their heart and soul and keep the commandments. Do not be stubborn; God can’t be bribed. God is just and cares for widows, orphans and strangers. God is the only one to worship. Remember all of God’s great deeds and be faithful and loyal to God.

2 Corinthians 1: 23 – 2: 11

Paul talks about an earlier visit he had to Corinth where an individual in the community caused offence and pain. But for Paul, the real offence is caused to the community in Corinth. Pauls urges the Corinthians to forgive, console and reaffirm their love for the person.

Anyone the community forgives, Paul forgives too and does so in the name of Christ for the sake of the community.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Di and Gordon's Joyous Garden
Mandurah WA 2014 L Osburn
Compassionate and loving God you are the great healer. You heal our feelings, our minds, and our world. You forgive our stubbornness and failures, heal our relationships and communities. We praise you for all the little miracles of healing we have experienced today and  ask that you continue to keep our hearts and minds open and aware of all you do for us so that we see the evidence of your love and joyfully praise your name through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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