29 June 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 29 June 2014
The psalmist is a faithful and devout person who has been beset by wicked enemies. God’s protection and care is requested. God is asked to overthrow the wickedness. The psalmist wants relationships restored: him with God, the people with God and with him.
Matthew 12: 9 – 21
People ask Jesus who is in a synagogue, whether it is lawful to heal someone on the Sabbath. He answers saying that if we have only one sheep and it is in danger it would be lawful to rescue it. Humans are more valuable than sheep. He heals a man with a damaged hand.
The Pharisees conspire against him. Jesus finds out that they want to destroy him and leaves. Crowds follow. He cures them and asks them not to broadcast it.
Jesus fulfils a prophesy from Isaiah that he will proclaim justice; he won’t wrangle or make a loud noise in the streets; nor will he damage someone who is already hurt or take life and hope from those on the brink; he brings justice and in him all other nations will hope.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Peaceful room, treetop view. Hutt Street Adelaide|
SA 2014 L Osburn
God of healing and restoration, we thank you for your care for us. Help us support those who are unwell, hurt or feel as though there is no hope. Help us to love them gently so that their hope and life in you may be restored through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sunday 29 June 2014
Genesis 22: 15 – 19 and 23: 1 – 4 (5 – 15)
After Abraham showed that he was prepared to sacrifice his son, God makes a covenant with him about his offspring and the blessings he will bestow on them all.
Sarah dies and Abraham negotiates to buy a field and a cave from Ephron the Hittite so that he may use the cave as a burial place. The dynamics of the negotiation are detailed and it is plain that Abraham legitimately purchases the land for a fair price.
Psalm 89: 1 – 4 and 15 - 18
This section of the psalm praises God for faithfulness and steadfastness in all generations. Happy are the people who sing praises and walk in God’s pathway.
Romans 7: 1 – 6
People who accept Christ, repent and die to sin are freed from it. Just as a widow is free to remarry, so we are free from the burden of guilt we carry, since we are forgiven, so that we can bear fruit for God and live new lives in the Spirit.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Cyclists crossing the Nullabor Plain SA|
2014 L Osburn
Holy Lord you have made promises to us that when we come to you we are blessed. Be with us now as we bring our hearts and minds and all we have to you. Forgive us our sins, restore us to your love so that we may, with courage, go into the world you love and live and work to your praise and glory through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.