6 September 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Saturday 6 September 2014
Psalm 18: 1 – 31
David exuberantly praises the Lord for saving him from death at the hands of his enemies. The images used are like a volcanic eruption. David is ecstatic with what he can do with God’s help. He rejoices utterly in God, the only God: our God.
Zephaniah 3: 1 – 10
The city is full of corruption including the priests, prophets and judges. God’s wrath will cover all the nations and on the last day peoples will speak with one voice and call on God. There will be no more diverse languages and all will serve the Lord.
Acts 26: 1 – 18
Paul is given permission to speak to King Agrippa. Paul is deferential and glad to be given the opportunity to speak. He tells of his early life and zeal in persecuting Christians. He tells of his encounter on the road to Damascus and the commission he received from Christ to tell the people of other nations the good news of Christ so that they will turn from darkness to light, receive forgiveness for sins and a place among those sanctified through Christ.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Kookaburras also know as "Laughing jackasses"|
for their raucous laughing call heard across the miles.
Kookaburras also live in communities
Mulwala NSW 2014 L Osburn
Oh God you came to us as Christ to rescue us, receive forgiveness and through faith in Jesus be made holy before you. Today if we are given the opportunity to talk about your love, fill us with courage and help us do so with joy so that all people hear your word, come to serve you and to love each other as sisters and brothers through Jesus Christ and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Saturday 6 September 2014
Psalm 18: 32 – 38 (39 – 44) 45 - 52
David continues his great psalm of praise for deliverance from enemies and as the warrior king he had to be, describes his supremacy in the battle. He is more subdued at the end, blessing God, extoling God’s name, praising God for his steadfast love and care.
Judith 10: 1 –13
Judith completes her prayers goes inside washes and puts scented oil on herself, fine clothing, jewellery and sandals. She transforms herself into a beauty. She gathers fine food and crockery and with her maid leaves the city. As they are travelling through the valley they are stopped and questioned. She says she is fleeing the city because the Assyrians will kill everyone and that she wishes to speak with Holofernes, the Assyrian general since she knows a way through the valleys where he will be successful and lose no men, captured or slain.
1 John 3: 11 – 24
The message from the beginning is that we should love one another. If we hate our brothers and sisters we are murderers. We know love because Christ gave his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for others. We love, not in word and speech but in truth and action. God will judge us not by our heart’s passing emotions but by our abiding relationships with each other.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Driving across Australia on the Nullabor Plain|
on part of the 90 mile straight stretch
2014 L Osburn
God of compassion and grace, buy your death on the cross the great battle is won. We thank you for your examples of great and quiet warriors, for their trust and faith in you and their courage. Be with us as we reflect on our day. Help us see where we loved others through truth, action and with consistency so that we are encouraged to do so again and again for the long-haul through Jesus Christ our Lord and the power of Your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen