23 November 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 23 November 2014
Psalm 68: 1 - 18
A psalm of praise to a practical God, our God. We are provided with the practical necessities homes, care for orphans and widows, water, food, crops, protection, peace and God’s presence – relationship.
1 Corinthians 2: 1 – 10
Paul says that when he first came to the Corinthians he came in humility, and with a stumbling voice, in weakness, fear and trembling, telling only of Christ crucified and demonstrations of the spirit and power. Their faith therefore is built by the power of God not by human wisdom. But now among the mature people of faith they speak God’s wisdom – not understood by rulers, if they had they would not have crucified Christ. God has revealed things through the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything even the depths of God.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Esperance WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and generous God, you provide us with our quality of life by your Son who redeemed us and your Holy Spirit who sustains and preserves us. Help us to take what is yours and share it among the people of the world: to do practical things so that the quality of life of all improves and we enable people to find you and receive your love and your Spirit through Jesus Christ our saviour, Amen.
Sunday 23 November 2014
1 Samuel 16: 2 - 13
Samuel goes to Jesse the Bethlehemite. He takes a heifer for sacrifice and after the ceremony but before the meal Jesse introduces his sons to Samuel. Samuel discerns which son is to be anointed. None are the right person. Samuel asks Jesse, are these all his sons? There is still one tending the sheep, the youngest named David. Jesse waits until David comes, sees him, anoints him and the Spirit of the Lord comes to David from that day forward.
God’s greatness is praised – more powerful than floods, more powerful than the seas. God’s commandments are sure and God lives in holiness.
Matthew 21: 1 - 11
Jesus arrives at Bethphage on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. He instructs the disciples to collect a donkey and foal. Mounted, he enters the city in the manner that fulfils the prophecy. A crowd gathers spreading their coats and palm branches on the road shouting, “Hosanna”. The city was in turmoil asking, “Who is this?”
“This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee” (v.11).
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Waterbird at sunset|
Ceduna SA 2014 L Osburn
Holy Gold your greatness is awesome and eternal. You choose and proclaim greatness from and through humility. Help us to be humble and enable us to serve you as you need and do your will to the glory of your kingdom now and forever through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.