Sunday, 7 September 2014

8 September 2014


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 8 September 2014 
Morning Prayer

Psalms 20 and 21: 1 – 7 (8 – 13)

The first psalm begins as a bidding prayer asking that the King’s prayers be heard and answered. God is the one in the community trusts, not men or chariots. The second psalm takes this theme of the power being with God and the King’s dependence on God in all things.

Zephaniah 3: 11 – 20

In the last days when the Lord comes the proud will be gone, the humble will seek the refuge of the Lord. They will be virtuous and unafraid. The people can sing since they are blameless, their enemies are gone and they need not fear disaster. Everyone will be brought home and renowned throughout the earth.

Acts 26: 19 – 32

Paul continues his testimony to King Agrippa, and the governor Felix. He tells how he teaches the scriptures and encourages people of other nations to repent and turn to God. Felix tells him he is out of his mind from too much learning.  Paul defends and calls on King Agrippa’s knowledge of the scriptures and what is happening. King Agrippa asks whether Paul is challenging him to become Christian. Paul answers that he would like everyone who is listening to become Christian. King Agrippa and Felix agree that Paul has no case to answer and could be released immediately except that he has appealed to the Emperor.

Collect for Morning Prayer

The Deanery Garden Griffith Cathedral NSW
2014 L Osburn
Holy and loving God you would like us all to seek you, to trust in you alone, to come to you and be free from all blame and fear. Open our hearts and those of all we meet, to your call and your promise so that we may live in peace and your name be renowned across the world through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour and Your Holy Spirit. Amen

Monday 8 September 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalms 24 and 26

The Lord of hosts is the King of glory, is the focus of this psalm. The world and everything in it is God’s. Those who aspire to heaven are the pure and righteous.

The second psalm is from a person who is faithful and has integrity and who has been falsely accused. The psalm asks God to look inside and to bring redemption.

Judith 10: 14 – 11: 6, 20 – 23

The guards bring Judith before Holofernes the Assyrian general. She explains that God is supreme and that the Assyrians are dong God’s will by clearing out unfaithful people. She tells him that God will through him achieve a great purpose. Holofernes says that when victory is won he will take Judith to the palace of Nebuchadnezzar and he will convert to her faith.

1 John 4: 1 – 12

The writer says we are to test spirits and prophets. If they do not confess that Jesus came in flesh and was from God we are to know they are from the world. Though the world might listen to them we won’t and they will not listen to us. We are to love each other since God first loved us and sent his Son for us. If we love one another God lives in us and, God’s love is perfected through us.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Pelicans on Lake Mulwala NSW
2014 L Osburn
God of love and grace, you sent your Son Jesus to us and to be the one perfect and sufficient atonement for our sins. We know Christ came to us from you. Keep us faithful and positive in our love for you for others so that every day we can be the instruments on earth that perfect your love through Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour and your Holy Spirit that dwells in our hearts. Amen.

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