21 September 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 21 September 2014
This is the song and prayer about the joy and gladness we experience as we enter the house of the Lord with a prayer for safety and peace in Jerusalem.
Matthew 19: 13 – 22
People bring children to Jesus and the disciples block them. Jesus says “Let the little children come to me and do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (v.14).
A young man comes inquiring what good deed he needs to do to get eternal life. Jesus tells him that only God is good: keep the commandments. The man says he does that what is it he lacks? Jesus tells him that if he wishes to be perfect, he should sell all he owns, give the proceeds to the poor and he will have treasure in heaven. The young man leaves distressed.
Collect for Morning Prayer
New Norcia benedictine Community
WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and gracious God, you have taught us to come to you freely unencumbered, trusting and faithful. May we always joyfully seek your presence and live our lives with you at the centre through Jesus Christ our teacher, redeemer and friend. Amen.
Sunday 21 September 2014
Exodus 16: 14 – 31
The Israelites are in the wilderness going towards Sinai. God provides flakes of bread every morning - just enough. It goes rancid overnight. The people always have enough food.
On the day before the Sabbath the people gather double the amount of bread. Moses tells them to cook and eat what they needed and the remainder will not spoil. God provides so that on the Sabbath they must rest. But some people go out, seeking God’s bread. God asks of Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and instructions?” (v.28).
Psalm 145: 14 – 21
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.
Romans 15: 7 – 13
We are to welcome each other so that as the scriptures say, all nations will confess God and sing God’s praise. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (v. 13).
Collect for Evening Prayer
Armadale WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and generous God you provide for us, you raise us up when we are fallen, downtrodden and oppressed. You hear us, save us and watch over us and you give us rest. Help us to pass on your generosity to others, so that all people may be filled with your Holy Spirit and experience your exquisite joy and peace that comes from believing through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.