Thursday, 28 August 2014

29 August 2014


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 29 August 2014 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 145

This psalm praises 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. That kingdom will endure forever.

On a more personal level God is faithful, gracious, upholds people while they are falling, raises up people who are oppressed. God provides as required, in time and with justice. God hears, saves and watches us. We will praise the Lord and all living things will bless God forever.

2 Chronicles 33: 21 – 34: 13

Manasseh’s son Amon assumes the throne when he is 22. He worships idols, does evil things and does not humble himself. He is assassinated and the people kill those responsible.

Josiah, Amon’s son at 8 years old is now made King and reigns for 31 years. Josiah faithfully seeks the Lord and at 20 begins purging the country of all artefacts of worship of other gods. When he is 26 he sends money collected for the house of the Lord to those repairing the temple. Levites have the oversight of the restoration.

Acts 22: 17 – 30

Paul continues his address to the Jews. He recounts how he was in the temple and while praying experienced Jesus’ presence and was commissioned to go to far away to other nations. The crowd becomes enraged. The tribune orders Paul be flogged to reveal what incited the riot. Before the flogging Paul asks the centurion whether it is lawful to flog a Roman citizen before sentence has been passed. The centurion returns to the tribune who comes to Paul. The tribune comments that it cost him a lot to buy his citizenship, and Paul answers that he was born a citizen. Every one is afraid because they have bound a citizen. The tribune releases Paul from the bonds and the next day calls the chief priests and the entire council to meet so that he can find out what caused the riot.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Canoeing Cape Le Grand National Park
WA 2014 L Osburn

Awesome God we join the psalmist to praise and bless you for all creation, your saving grace and protection. We thank you that you sent Christ your son to redeem us and guide us. Open our hearts to receive the same courage you gave to Josiah and to Paul to clear away any idols in our own lives, focus on you, and be willing to give a public account of your great mercies so that our lives bring glory to you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday 29 August 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalm 147

This psalm rejoices in singing praise to a gracious God. God builds up the community, gathers the outcasts, heals the broken-hearted and binds their wounds. This is the same God who created the stars. Sing to God.

God brings the rain that produces grass and feeds the animals and allows birds to sing. God isn’t interested in who is the fastest or strongest but in our reverence.

Jerusalem is charged to praise the Lord: for the city, the safety of the children, the peace. This God who controls all the weather looks after us. No other God is like our God.

Tobit 8: 4 – 21

Tobias enters the room of his new wife and does as Raphael directed and puts the fish offal in the incense burner. The evil spirit flees to Egypt. Raphael follows and binds it up. Tobias prays with his wife blessing God, recalling God’s purpose for couples, and asking that they may grow old together.

Before dawn, Raguel has a grave dug in case Tobias is dead. He sends a maid to check. Tobias and Sarah are sleeping soundly. Raguel is overjoyed, blesses God for mercy and compassion on these two only children of their families and prays that the couple have fulfilled lives of happiness and mercy. He begins preparations for an extended wedding feast, and has the grave filled in.

Romans 16: 1 – 16

Paul commends to the Christian community in Rome other Christians from the region who may visit. This section is a list of faithful people who he is introducing to Rome so that if they arrive hospitality, peace and welcome will be provided.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Corrugated Iron Camels
Norseman WA 2014 L Osburn
God of healing and restoration, you heal, feed us and keep us safe from all perils seen and unseen. You bind us to each other in couples, families and communities. Be with us this night as we pray for our personal, family and community relationships. May we always be people of your peace, your hospitality and your welcome through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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