Friday, 20 June 2014

21 June 2014


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 21 June 2014 
Morning Prayer   

Psalms 121, 122 and 123

In these three psalms the themes are the eternal faithfulness of God and how he cares for us; the joy and gladness we experience as we enter the house of the Lord with a prayer for safety and peace in Jerusalem, and finally, a prayer for deliverance from those who ridicule and oppress us.

1 Chronicles 29: 10 – 30

David praises God and proclaims that all riches and honour and glory come from God. He then makes it clear that the offerings are humbly given since God is only receiving back things that are God’s.  He prays for all the people gathered, that their hearts might ever be directed to God. He prays for Solomon that he will keep God’s commandments and build the temple. He then blesses the Lord and all join in and bow and kneel. What follows is a great sacrifice for Israel and feast.

Solomon is reaffirmed as king and anointed. Zadok is made the priest. Solomon sits on the throne and David’s other sons pledged their allegiance to him. The Lord blesses Solomon and David lives out his days in comfort and honour.

Acts 6: 1 – 7

The number of Christians is increasing and those who are originally from Greek speaking cultures noticed that their widows were missing out on the food distribution. The apostles are torn between their duty to spread the gospel and serve on tables. They made the decision to appoint 12 deacons (many have Greek names) to distribute the food properly while the apostles focus on prayer and preaching. The deacons are blessed through the laying on of hands. The word of God spreads and many of the priests in the temple became Christian.

Collect for Morning Prayer

A simple sculpture telling a story
South west WA 2014 L Osburn
Compassionate and practical Lord, you provide for us and guide us in organising and administering your gifts for the benefit of all. Be with us and guide us today. May the decisions we make be compassionate, practical, inclusive and respectful just like the apostles in the early years of the church, so that we too strengthen and increase the community of believers through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saturday 21 June 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalm 119: 129 – 152

The psalmist declares a passion for the scripture and the commandments.  There is a request to learn and know them better. There too is recognition that others do not share this zeal and that leads to persecution. There is a plea to be saved from harm.

Deuteronomy 11: 13 – 32

Moses continues to encourage the Israelites to make sure they keep the commandments when they get into the new land and to teach their children and generations to come the stories of God’s greatness. He says to them write them on your doorposts and fences. That is, write the stories so people can read them when they approach you[1] .

Moses explains that there is a blessing and a curse. If the Israelites are faithful to God they will be blessed. If not, if they follow other gods they will be cursed. Diligent observance of the commandments is required.

2 Corinthians 2: 12 – 3: 6

This passage of Paul’s tells of his movements and the realities of his anxieties as he moves place to place. Also it is lyrical and speaks of Christians as Christ’s aroma to God – that we spread Christ’s fragrance.

He then says that what he does is not the same as marketing or sales. He isn’t selling Christianity. He is testifying and we are people of sincerity. We don’t need letters of introduction because where there are Christians we are already linked and connected by the Holy Spirit. It is not our skill that links us, but God making us competent ministers of the Spirit.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Ready to launch
Mandurah Estuary WA 2104 L Osburn
Oh Holy Lord by your grace and by your Spirit we are enthused and made competent to tell of your great love for us, the story of Jesus, the stories of your people of faith throughout the ages and to share your love and care. Excite us now to share in whatever way works for us and for the communities in which we find ourselves so that your love may be felt throughout the world through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen

[1] A modern equivalent is putting the stories on your social media page – on your digital gateway.

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