Friday, 29 August 2014

30 August 2014


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 30 August 2014 
Morning Prayer

Psalms 148 and 149

These two psalms call on every part of creation to praise and glorify God.  Parts call for dance and celebration of victories over enemy nations.

2 Chronicles 34: 14 – 28

While the temple cleaning is in progress Hilkiah, the priest finds the book of the Law (Leviticus). They take it to the king and read it. The king repentent tears his clothes in distress. He orders a group including the priest to go to a prophet. They see Huldah a prophetess. She says that indeed the punishment will come but because the king repented, he will have peace in his life.

Acts 23: 1 – 11

Paul, before the chief priests and council that includes Pharisees and Sadducees begins to speak. Ananias orders those close by to hit him in the mouth. Paul retaliates implying that Ananias is something old and grubby that has been covered in a white wash to conceal what is beneath. It was a violation of the Law to strike someone before they have a chance to put their case. Paul is then told that Ananais is a priest.

Paul identifies himself as a Pharisee and says he is on trail because he believes in the resurrection. This is a contested point between Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees immediately find that Paul has no case to answer. The debate becomes violent and the tribune fearing that Paul would literally be torn to shreds, orders the soldiers to return him to the barracks.

That night Paul experiences Christ’s presence who tells him that since he testified for Christ in Jerusalem, he will also testify in Rome.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Windmill Water Pump
Armadale WA 2014 L Osburn
God of steadfast love and care you keep us safe, at peace and close to you when we humble ourselves and are prepared to testify for Jesus our Lord and saviour. Keep us in your knowledge and love. Keep us brave and courageous for you so that all the days of our lives we may sing your praise and glory through Jesus Christ and your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Saturday 30 August 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalms 144 and 150

The first psalm is of a king who has prepared for war, he calls on God to be the strong deliverer. He expresses humility not just for himself but all people, asks for God to be with them in routing the enemy. The psalmist will sing praises, the youth and the land will flourish, there will be peace and all happiness will be restored once the battle is won.

The last psalm is of joyful and exuberant praise – instruments, dancing. “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord” (v6).

Tobit 9 and 10

Tobias sends Raphael on to Gabael to collect Tobit’s money since he must stay at Raguel for the remainder of the wedding festival. Gabael comes to the wedding and is relived to see that Tobias looks like Tobit.

Meanwhile because Tobias is delayed in his journey Tobit and his mother Anna fear for him and become distressed. As soon as the feast is over Tobias begs Raguel to allow him to go home. Raguel gives him half of all his property and staff and blesses him. Edna, his new mother-in-law blesses him. They both want to live to see the grandchildren. Tobias commits to honouring Raguel and Edna as his own parents.

Romans 16: 17 – 27

Paul urges the Roman Christians to be on the watch for dissent and to come back to what they have been taught at the first so that false teachers do not sway them. There are greetings from people with Paul. Paul ends the letter praying that God strengthens them and keeps them obedient to the faith through Jesus Christ to the glory of God forever.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Great Australian Bight SA
2014 L Osburn
God of glory, you teach us through the scriptures of the many ways we serve you. Sometimes we must go into battle, sometimes praise is service. Sometimes waiting patiently is obedience to you and being watchful and holding true to our faith is the most important thing to do. Help us discern the best way to serve you so that your peace, your praise and your glory may ring out across this world you love through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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