Monday, 6 October 2014

7 October 2014


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 7 October 2014 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 90

This is a group lament. There is a separation from God and a plea that there be as many days connected to God as there have been separation. The psalmist asks for God’s compassion on the people and that the work of human hands may prosper.

The psalmist asks that we be satisfied in the morning with God’s steadfast love so that we may rejoice and be glad everyday.

Haggai  1: 12 – 2: 9

Zerubbabel the governor of Judah and Joshua the high priest begin rebuilding the temple. Haggai the prophet speaks to the people and their spirits are stirred to work on the temple. God speaks to Haggai again to get people together who were alive at the time of the first temple. The prophecy is that this one will be splendid and treasures from nations will come to it.

Matthew 11: 12 – 24

Jesus indicates that John is valid as a prophet. He criticises the people for refusing to join in to the new music of the relationship with God and the music of the end times. The current generation complain about John because of his behaviour and they complain about Jesus. Wisdom is found however in looking at what they did. He then condemns the cities where great deeds of God’s power were done and still the individuals do not repent: where they do not take it seriously.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Fishing Fleet Fremantle Harbour
WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy Lord you sent your Son to us to make possible an eternal relationship with you and you promise that the work of our hands will be prosperous if it is work that is part of our love and commitment to you. Be with us today and make our hearts sing with the music of our relationship with you and may the works of our hands and minds be acceptable to you and bring you praise and glory through Jesus Christ who died for us. Amen.

Tuesday 7 October 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalm 119: 89 – 104

The psalmist expresses faith in God’s word – commitment to God and the law. The psalm also shows the effect of the scriptures on the psalmist through meditation, understanding and a guide for life.

1 Maccabees 7: 19 – 32

Bacchides governor of Judah withdraws from Jerusalem and kills people who capitulate or who are from nearby. He gives Alicmus a force to assist him as high priest. Alicmus causes harm for believers and the people. Judas Maccabeus takes revenge throughout the country and his group becomes stronger. Alicmus makes a malicious report to the King who sends Nicanor a prince who hates Israel. He tries to kidnap Judas but the plan is uncovered. The two armies fight – Nicanor loses 500 men and the rest flee into Jerusalem.

Colossians 3: 12 – 17

With fellow believers we are to clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. We are to bear with each other, forgive and bind to each other in love. We are to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, be thankful, teach with wisdom, sing with gratitude and praise and do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ giving thanks to God through Him.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Rose covered wall at New Norcia
Benedictine Community WA
2014 L Osburn
Holy Lord you show us that your preferred way for your people is one of peace, love, praise and thanksgiving. You also show us through the story of your faithful people that there are times where we must strenuously defend our faith and our people. May we give thanks our Christian communities today and pray for your guidance in those places under threat so that your people may do your will, and do so in ways that extend your love, wisdom and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord and your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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