Monday, 14 July 2014

15 July 2014


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 15 July 2014 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 37: 1 – 17

There are people who do evil and prosper. Their presence is a challenge to us to choose faith, to do good things, to stay calm, to not get angry or envious of their wealth. Stay with the Lord and be patient. It is their story and his job if they continue to reject him.

Amos 1: 11 – 2: 5

Amos continues prophesying punishment for Judah and Israel and the surrounding nations some for atrocities against humans.

John 5: 19 – 30

Jesus says he models what he does on God, through his relationship with God. God loves Jesus and shows him what God is doing. God will show greater works than Jesus has done so far. Raising the dead – giving life – and judging are two main things Jesus has been given to do. Whoever does not honour Jesus does not honour the father.

Those who hear Jesus’s voice and truly believe pass from death to life.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Banksia flowers looking like candles
Valley of the Giants Walpole WA
2014 L Osburn
 Holy Lord your generosity is beyond measure. You gave us your son Jesus to bring us to life eternal with you and to take on the judgement of all. Be with us this day as we encounter the challenges of life and difficult interactions with people who do not honour you. Help us to hand all judgement to you, to be calm and patient and keep our focus on you so that we demonstrate your love in our response through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday 15 July 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalm 37: 18 – 41

This portion of the psalm continues with examples of God’s retribution for the wicked and protection and salvation for the faithful and the meek.

Ezekiel 20: 18 – 38

Ezekiel continues to list all the times the people have worshipped idols, followed other cult practices including sacrifice of children. He says to those who come to consult God that God will no be consulted by people who do these things.

Galatians 5: 16 – 26

If we live by the spirit law does not bind us. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t be law abiding. A life of the spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control there are no laws against these. We focus on God’s spirit, not on the things that lead us to be being jealous or angry or quarrelling or wasteful – there are laws against all those. If we focus on things that lead us to behave badly we are focusing on things “of the flesh” – not of the spirit.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Sanctuary Island
Deniliquin NSW 2014 L Osburn
Holy and wonderful God, you are the source of peace, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, generosity, faithfulness and self-control. Be with us as we reflect on this day and help us be aware when our focus shifted from you. Give us insight to know what we could have done differently so that we refocus on you and step out again tomorrow in faith and hope and love to be your people through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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