6 July 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 6 July 2014
Psalm 66: 7 – 19
Bless the Lord who holds our souls carefully. We experience difficult times and God brings us through. The psalmist tells how his own prayers are answered. God is a God of steadfast love.
Matthew 12: 22 – 32
Jesus heals a person who neither sees nor speaks and is disturbed. Some people ask whether Jesus is the Messiah. The Pharisees say that Jesus heals with evil power. Jesus points out the lack of logic by saying it would be like a kingdom divided – and that kingdom would fall. So it isn’t in evil’s interest to cast out spirits. Moreover he compares it to robbing a strong person’s house, you would have to be stronger than him to do it. By this Jesus shows that it is God’s spirit at work in him that heals.
Jesus then says those who are not with him are against him and undermining his work. He says people will be forgiven for sins and blasphemy against him but not against God’s Spirit now or in the future.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Great Australian Bight looking East|
The southern edge of our country
SA 2014 L Osburn
Holy God of compassion and healing, you are our resilience. You are our strength. Be with us today and let us experience you, the saving grace of Jesus and your Holy Spirit flowing through our lives so that we, held by you, can pass on that love to others through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sunday 6 July 2014
Song of Songs 2: 8 – 13
The young man, fit and beautiful as a gazelle stand outside peaking through the windows and lattice calling gently “Arise my fair one and come away”. All the hard weather is over. Flowers are out the time for singing is here. There is fruit; there are blossoms; there is fragrance.
Psalm 145: 8 – 14
This portion of the psalm praises extols and blesses God for all the great acts of creation, mercy, salvation, awesome acts, steadfast love, compassion, and might. What God has done proclaims the glory of the kingdom.
On a more personal level God is faithful, gracious, upholds people while they are falling, raises up people who are oppressed.
Romans 9: 1 – 15
Paul tries to explain why the Jews are not Christians. He deeply would love them to be and he hates his sense of separation. He explains that not all the children of Abraham or even Isaac became the people of God’s covenant. It is by God’s grace that we are made the children of the promise, that we are adopted as God’s children.
Collect for Evening Prayer
WA 2014 L Osburn
Loving God, you knock on our windows and seek us out. We know the depth of your love, your compassion and your care for us. Let us hear you. Fill our hearts with your love and bring us away and into your world of life and love and promise so that we are refreshed in you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.