Sunday, 10 August 2014

11 August 2014


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 11 August 2014 
Morning Prayer

Psalms 95 and 96

Sing to God songs of praise for all things God has done for us. Be joyful. Make a noise. Do not harden your heart like the Israelites did when they were wandering in the wilderness.

Sing praise to the Lord! Ascribe to God the glory of creation. Let everything, the heavens, the trees, everything sing and praise God.

Hosea 12: 2 – 14

Israel the people owe much to Jacob and his interactions with God. The people were led out of Egypt and guarded by prophets. Again they will live in tents.  Their altars to to other gods will be made stone heaps. Hosea proclaims they should return to God, to love and to justice.

Acts 15: 36 – 16: 10

Paul and Barnabas agree to re-visit the communities of believers. After discussion Paul makes the journey with Silas and Barnabas takes Mark with him to Cyprus. Paul and Silas visit communities and on the way collect Timothy whose mother is Jewish. Timothy is circumcised and they continued touring Asia Minor. Paul, in a vision, is called to Macedonia.

Collect for Morning Prayer

The Church New Norcia
Benedictine Community WA
2014 L Osburn

God of love, justice and joy you send your ministers to us to guide, to strengthen and to support us in our lives of faith. Let us remember what wonderful things you have done for us and be joyful. Let us recall your great love and gifts of grace, so that we may minister to and strengthen them to do your will and glorify you through Jesus Christ or Lord and your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Monday 11 August 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalms 97 and 98

The first psalm celebrates God using the theme of God as sovereign. Let everyone who is faithful rejoice and praise God.

The psalm is a summons to all nations and people to praise the Lord and rejoice in this name. God’s is the victory, God’s is the strength and we are God’s people.

Lamentations 4: 1 – 11

Jerusalem has been sacked but the people, more precious than gold are dead or starving. No one can care for the children who are starving and alone. All is destruction.

Romans 9: 1 – 13

Paul explains his concern about the Israelites and their lack of belief in Christ. Their lack of belief does not mean that the word of God has failed. While the Israelites are the people of God’s promise, not all are. God chooses people before their birth for example the choice of Jacob over Esau revealed to his mother. It is not the biological descendants of Israel who are God’s but the people of the promise who are counted as descendants.

Collect for Evening Prayer

The bell at New Norcia
Benedictine Community WA
Let it be for us a bell of peace
2014 L Osburn
Holy God, you are worthy to be praised and you love us all. We do not understand the destruction of the people you love or their children. Capture all the people of your promise in your loving arms. Protect us from harm and bring us safely to a place and time were all may sing your praises, worship you and rejoice in your strength and your victory through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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