Sunday, 16 November 2014

17 November 2014


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 17 November 2014 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 40

The psalmist tells the whole congregation of how God delivered him from desolation and being stuck. He sings a new song of praise telling of God’s innumerable deeds.

God listens even when no sacrifice is offered. God wants us to fulfil the Law and do God’s will.

Now the psalmist asks for more aid: past sins assail him and people want to take his life, to hurt and ridicule him. He prays for those who do God’s will and repeats the request for deliverance.

Zechariah 9: 1 - 10

Zechariah tells the words he received from God about the future of the powerful cities and countries around Israel who are full of enmity. God will humble them. In the final section the people are encouraged to rejoice for their king will come in triumph and victory riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Peace will reign and his dominion will be to the ends of the earth.

Matthew 24: 32 – 51

Jesus reminds us that we can tell summer is coming because we see sprouts on the trees. We need to also see the signs around us that indicate Jesus’ return. Just like before the flood, people were living life and getting married right up to the day Noah entered the ark. The same will be for us: it will come suddenly and we need to be prepared.

We instead need to be like the good manager and be reliable and consistent in our tasks even when the owner is away. We are not to be lazy or partying and only clean up our lives when we know the owner is returning – the return will be unexpected and like a bad manager we will be seen to be hypocrites.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Church at The Abbey - Benedictine
Jamberoo NSW 2012 L Osburn
 Holy and gracious God, you hear our prayers of thanksgiving and praise and our pleas for assistance in times of hardship. Help us to be consistent, reliable and faithful to you every day and in every task. Keep before us your commandments to love you and love each other so that we are ready for your coming through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord and Your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Monday 17 November 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalms 42 and 43

The psalmist longs for God. In deep distress, his soul thirsts for God. He recalls the times in the past he has been part of the celebrations. He is in the depths of despair, oppressed by an enemy. The psalmist tells his soul to hope in God for a time of praise will come – God is our help.

Again ungodly people oppress the psalmist. God’s light and truth are requested. They will lead us back to worship, to joy and praise. Once more the psalmist tells his soul to hope in God. A time of praise will come – God is our help.

Wisdom 4: 7– 20

Old age does not make people wise. The righteous may die early for understanding is what brings the wisdom: “a blameless life is ripe old age” (v.9). God sometimes takes good people early so that there is no opportunity for evil to change their understanding or trick them since the fascination of wickedness obscures what is good.

The righteous ones who have died will condemn the ungodly and the righteous youth will condemn the prolonged old age of the unrighteous. The Lord will make the final judgement and the ungodly and their memory will perish.

Revelation 6: 12 – 7: 8

After the opening of the sixth seal the sun goes black, the moon turns red, the stars fall and the heavens are pealed back like a curtain. Kings and rulers and people hide in caves knowing that this is the end and fearing the wrath to come. The angels hold back the winds and the waves until the elect of the tribes of Israel and others are gathered and marked with a seal.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Tree fern
The Abbey _ Benedictine
Jamberoo NSW 2012 L Osburn

Holy and almighty God you are indeed from everlasting to everlasting we will never fully comprehend until we meet you face to face. Keep our souls thirsting for you so that we turn our faces to you and away from oppressors, away from the fascinations of wickedness and instead grow in love, understanding and wisdom through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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