20 October 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Monday 20 October 2014
Psalms 114 and 115
First, the psalmist recalls the exodus and crossing of the sea and the Jordan: that the natural world moved and changed to suit God’s purpose. The second psalm starts praising God for faithful and constant expression of love. The psalmist ridicules the idol-makers who like their idols may have the physical senses (eyes, ears, noses…) but make no use of them. God is contrasted as a sensing and active presence worthy to be trusted. The psalmist blesses the hearer of the psalm.
Ezra 6: 16 – 7:10
The temple is dedicated and the people celebrate Passover and the festival of unleavened bread. Ezra the scribe who is in Babylon seeks permission to come to Jerusalem. He travels with others who have skills for working in the temple and arrives in Jerusalem. Ezra plans to study the Law and teach the statutes and ordinances in Israel.
Matthew 15: 1 – 20
Pharisees and scribes approach Jesus asking why his disciples do not wash before eating – it breaks ritual purity laws. Jesus asks why do they break one of the commandments on honouring parents by denying aging parents the wherewithal for life through dedicating that money to the temple. He calls them hypocrites. And quotes scripture on how people honour God with their lips but follow their own constructed laws. He then says that it is not what goes into people’s mouths that defile them but what comes out of their hearts and mouths and into action.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Dissolved Bricks in the Wall|
New Norcia Benedictine Abbey WA
2014 L Osburn
Monday 20 October 2014
Psalms 116 and 117
The first psalm gives thanks to God for healing. Even when he is profoundly depressed the psalmist trusts in God. The second psalm is a global call to praise God.
Daniel 4: 1 – 18
Nebuchadnezzar has a dream of a great tree reaching from earth to heaven that houses and supports people and animals. A celestial watcher decrees that the tree is to be cut leaving only a stump and bound in iron. It remains for a set period of time in a field with animals and grass. He asks Daniel to interpret the dream.
1 Peter 3: 1 – 7
In this section wives and husbands are charged to love and honour each other. Even if the husband is not a believer, the woman by her demeanour and example may bring the husband to Christ without any need for argument.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Head of the Bight|
Great Australian Bight SA 2014 L Osburn
God of healing, God of power, God of relationships we thank you and praise you. You love us. Your power and love can and do break forth into our lives and our world. Be with us this night. Help us to know that no matter the circumstances you are with us so that we never let fears alarm us and step out in courage everyday to love each other through Jesus Christ and your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.