Thursday, 16 October 2014

17 October 2014


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 17 October 2014 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 106: 1– 24

The psalmist begins praising God and marvelling at God’s faithful love and great deeds. He then charges that we like the people of the past – from the Exodus to the time of Aaron – go astray.

Ezra 5

In the second year of the reign of King Darius of Persia Zechariah prophecies and Zerubbabel begins to rebuild the temple. The governor Tattenai questions who gave them permission to begin again, sends a letter to King Darius and watches and waits for the reply. The letter outlines who is building the temple and why. They are servants of God, who they had angered and therefore Nebuchadnezzar took them away into exile. King Cyrus decreed the house should be rebuilt and gave them back the vessels originally from the Jerusalem temple out of the Babylonian temple. The foundation stone was laid and so the rebuild is continuing. The letter asks the King to check the archives, see the decree and let his view be known.

Matthew 14: 1 – 21

News of Jesus comes to Herod Antipas after the death of John the Baptist. He says to his servants that Jesus must be John the Baptist resurrected. We are reminded of the circumstances of John’s death – beheaded – by the request of Salome his niece (on the advice of her mother Herodias). When Jesus hears of John’s death he takes himself to a deserted place by boat. The crowds follow by foot and when he comes ashore he puts aside his grief and cures the sick.

The disciples, later in the day tell Jesus to send the crowds away since it is nearly dark and there is no food. Jesus replies that they need not go and the disciples should feed them. All the disciples have is 5 loves and 2 fish. Jesus blesses the food breaks it and instructs that it be shared. 5000 men with women and children are fed and 12 baskets of food remain.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Desert flowers
Head of the Bight SA 2014 L Osburn
 Holy and loving God, rulers change, decrees change, regimes change but you love us always, care for us heal us and feed us even in the desert. Fill our hearts with rejoicing for this great love of yours. Help us to remember today and to put in practice that the little we have is enough to feed others and to bring them to your love and grace through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Friday 17 October 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalm 106: 25 – 50

The ancient people keep shifting allegiance and worshipping other gods. They even conduct live sacrifice of their children. Yet God delivers them, shows compassion. The psalmist asks for God to gather us in to give thanks, glory and praise to God.

Daniel 3: 1 – 15

Nebuchadnezzar builds a giant, golden statue and requires the people to bow down at the sound of a musical ensemble. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refuse. The refusal is reported to the king who becomes enraged and threatens to burn the three in a furnace challenging, “who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?”

1 Peter 2: 11 – 17

Peter urges the Christians to abstain from the things that wage war against the soul and conduct themselves honourably so that even if they are maligned their actions will be above reproach when God does the judging. Peter says that we are to accept the rule in the countries we are in and as servants of God live as free people but don’t use that as a pretext for evil. Honour everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honour the ruler.

Collect for Evening Prayer

The Travellers' Cross - Eyre Highway
Eucla WA 2014
L Osburn
Great God of consistency and love, you want the best for us in our dynamic world. You teach us to consistently worship you and put you first and as a result honour all and gently and respectfully witness to your great love no matter the regime we live under. Be with us all, especially those of us who live in situations where regimes threaten our lives and the lives of those we love if we do not bow to their god. Free our souls from destructive fear. Remind us that the little we have, faith, hope, praise, the capacity for prayer is enough, more than enough, abundantly enough to feed and strengthen our souls through Jesus Christ our Lord and your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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