19 July 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Saturday 19 July 2014
This is an ode to a king’s wedding full of praise and descriptions of beauty, strength and wealth.
Amos 5: 1 – 17
Amos prophesies 90% destruction. He says that there may yet be time for those who seek the Lord and seek justice for all. If not, the only sounds will be those of people wailing and mourning in the cities and in the farms.
John 6: 35 – 51
Jesus states that he is the bread of life and those who believe in him will be raised up and have eternal life. He makes it clear to those who challenge him that God decides who will believe. It is through grace we are led to Jesus. So Jesus is not concerned that some people do not accept him. But those who believe have eternal life. And as the ancient people had manna in the wilderness so Christ will feed us so that we gain eternal life.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Joyous pelican in the morning|
Denmark WA 2014 L Osburn
Saturday 19 July 2014
Psalms 46 and 47
God is our strength and refuge and we are to be in awe of him: to be still and know that he is God.
The second psalm is a joyous song of praise beginning with clapping our hands. Our God is awesome king of everything, shielding us. He is to be exalted.
Ezekiel 24: 1 – 2 and 15 – 27
Ezekiel hears God. He records the exact date – the date the Babylonians being the siege of Jerusalem.
God tells him that his wife will die and he is not to mourn but put his turban on and his sandals and be silent as an example to the people of how they will lose the city, the temple, their families and they will not weep but pine away with silent grief. And on that day when the news comes to Ezekiel, then he will be able to speak again. Ezekiel’s wife dies that evening.
Romans 1: 16 – 25
Paul describes his confidence in the gospel and in its truth. He lives by faith and God’s righteousness is revealed through our faith to build our faith.
Paul explains that God’s power and presence is obvious to everyone just by looking at creation – eternal power and divine nature invisible to us yet present. The people did not worship God but set up all sorts of idols to worship – thinking they were clever but really they were being silly. God allowed that choice and all that follows from it including dreadful behaviour. The people serve creatures and other notions rather than the creator who is blessed forever. Amen.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Sunset on gum leaves Eucla WA|
2014 L Osburn
Amazing, magnificent, wonderful God, there are never enough or the right words to describe how great you are. You are our all and everything, our strength, refuge, king, shield, creator, redeemer and friend. Give us grace so that we only worship you. Give us ears to hear your voice in creation and in your gospel so that through faith our faith will grow and so that we live the eternal life you planned for us through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.