19 October 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 19 October 2014
Psalm 69: 1 - 18
This psalmist is a lowly servant of the Lord and through zeal has done something that causes him to be the butt of jokes and ridicule. The psalmist is fasting and in sackcloth. He pleads for deliverance.
Matthew 21: 12– 22
Jesus in the temple overthrows the tables of the money-changers and dove sellers because they are corrupt in their dealings. He heals the sick and the children cry “Hosanna to the son of David”. Jesus reminds the priests and scribes who complain of the psalm that talks about babes and infants praising God (Psalm 8:2).
The next morning Jesus is hungry and seeks figs from a tree. There are none and he curses the tree. It withers immediately. The disciples are amazed. Jesus says if you have faith and do not doubt whatever you ask for in prayer, with faith, you will receive.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Armadale WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and almighty God you tell us that whatever we ask in prayer with faith we will receive. Be with us as we humbly ask for your help. Open our hearts to respond to you when you call and give us what we need so that we like the children recognise you and sing your praise from the core of our being through Jesus Christ our saviour, Amen.
Sunday 19 October 2014
Exodus 34: 1 – 8
God agrees to rewrite the commandments on new tablets of stone that Moses cuts. God passes by and Moses hears the proclamation that God is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, steadfast in love and faithfulness, forgiving sin but not clearing the guilty and not removing the consequences of the transgressions even if those consequences go across generations.
Moses worships God.
Sing praise to the Lord! Ascribe to God the glory of creation. Let everything, the heavens, the trees, everything sing and praise God.
Philippians 4: 10 - 20
Paul thanks the Philippians for a gift. He says that he has learned to be content: to bear plenty and scarcity. He says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (v.13). Paul acknowledges the Philippians earlier gifts and is thankful and prays for all their needs to be satisfied from the richness of God in the glory in Christ Jesus.
Collect for Evening Prayer
2014 L Osburn
Holy and wonderful God at the end of this day help up to recall your great creative powers, steadfast love and care for us and sit in a moment of stillness and awe. As we prepare for the coming week may we be aware of your abundant grace, love and care so that we may step out in confidence and faith to your continual praise and glory through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.