19 November 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Wednesday 19 November 2014
All praise and glory to the king who is anointed by God. So majestic and powerful and loved is he that his ancestors will not be considered – just who descended from him. This appears to be a song composed on the occasion of a wedding.
Zechariah 10: 6 – 11: 3
Both Israel and Judah will be saved and redeemed from Assyria and Egyptian control. The people will go through the sea of distress but its waves will abate. The tyrants around: Lebanon, Bashan and the Thickets of Jordan shall lose their power.
Matthew 25: 14 – 30
Jesus tells a parable saying the kingdom of God is like this story. A man goes on a journey and before he goes gives slaves money to manage while he is away: 5, 2 and 1 talent respectively. On return two had traded and doubled the money in their charge. The third had buried it and gave the owner back what was given.
The master angry banished the third slave saying that even if he had broken the Law he would have at least done something with the money and there would have been some profit. The 1 talent is given to the slave who originally had 5.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Busselton Pier WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and generous God, you give those you anoint the capacity to do your will and become renowned. You redeem and restore your chosen people and you generously give us life and many abilities. Help us to be faithful to you today, to dedicate our tasks to you and to take the risk: to use all we are and all we have for your service and to your glory through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord and Your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.
Wednesday 19 November 2014
Psalms 46 and 47
God is our strength and refuge. God helps us in troubled times whether it is war or earthquakes or tsunamis. God is with us. God can make was cease and silence us to listen and be still.
Praise the Lord and clap our hands for joy. God is awesome. God is the king over all the earth. God is exalted.
Wisdom 6: 1 - 16
The kings and rules of nations are warned that their rule, whether they acknowledge it or not is given by God and under God’s watch. So, if they fail to be lawful and rule according to God’s purpose there will be a consequence for them – a more strict inquiry will be make of those who rule so they are wise to learn wisdom and observe holy things for their defence.
And wisdom can be found quietly. Those who rise early and seek her out easily discern her finding understanding in every thought.
“When the Lamb opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour” (v.1). The angels are given 7 trumpets, censers of incense and the prayers of the entire saints rise. The fire in the censers is thrown on earth resulting in thunder and lightning. At the first trumpet a hail of fire and blood burns up 1/3 of the world. At the second, something like a great mountain of fire falls into the sea. At the third, a star falls from heaven and makes the water poisonous and bitter. At the fourth, the sun moon and stars are hit and their lights dull. An eagle cries “Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants of earth” (v. 13) prefacing the blasts that the last three angels will blow.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|The Travellers' Cross|
Eucla WA 2014 L Osburn
God of power and might beyond our understanding and yet grace and gentleness beyond measure. Help us this night to consider the worries and troubles that assail us and to tell those concerns how great our God is. In the morning Lord help us to seek your wisdom so we gain understanding and are guided to do your will and bring your peace to earth through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.