28 November 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Friday 28 November 2014
This psalmist is an older person who has had a life of connection with God. The psalm is of praise and a plea for deliverance from personal enemies. The psalmist promises to use music to proclaim God and praise God.
Malachi 2: 17 – 3: 12
Malachi prophesies that God is sending a messenger to prepare the way before his coming – a messenger in whom the priests delight. But no one will be able to stand it because the messenger will come to refine like a refiner of silver and gold, until the priests present offerings in righteousness. Only then will the judgement begin of those who do wrong. The Lord wants people to repent.
How can they do this? First by tithing correctly and not robbing God. Then blessings will overflow.
Mark 3: 7 – 19a
Jesus goes to the Sea of Galilee and great numbers hearing about him arrive from the coast and from beyond the Jordan River. The disciples acquire a boat so that Jesus is not be crushed. Jesus tells all the unclean spirits who recognise him as the Son of God to not make his identity known. He goes up the mountain and appoints 12 to proclaim the message and cast out demons.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Painting of a heavenly choir using the faces|
of children who attended the school
New Norcia Benedictine Community WA
2014 L Osburn
Holy Lord you care for all of us especially those who are your disciples and priests to your people. Help us all as members of your holy priesthood to genuinely focus on you and do so through all the hardships of life so that we, and those to whom we bring your message, may be forever blessed through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Friday 28 November 2014
Psalm 119: 65 – 88
In this section the psalmist says that in the past he was arrogant, then punished and humbled. These events led to study of the law and following God. Now, others are being arrogant, flout the law and attack him. The psalmist asks for deliverance and promises to keep the faith and be steadfast.
Wisdom 12: 12 – 21
God is sovereign and there is no person or other god the question God’s decisions and actions. God, supremely powerful also spares all, judges with mildness and deals with us with forbearance. God teaches us that righteousness must be kind. God provides repentance for sins. God provides opportunities for enemies to give up their wickedness. How much more will he be generous to those to whom promises have been made?
John sees Satan bring out of the sea a multi-headed creature with great power, which the world worships. The people cannot withstand it. The beast is given authority to rule and shout blasphemies against God. It is allowed to make war on the saints and win and given authority over all nations. Everyone whose name is not written in the book of life of the Lamb is slaughtered. We are to hear and listen: if we are taken captive we will be held in captivity and if we kill violently we too will be killed. This is a call for saints to endure.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Ventilation Shaft North Mine|
Broken Hill NSW 2014
Holy Lord, you love us all and want us to be with you, faithful and steadfast. Be with us as we reflect on our day. Help us bring to you the things we have done wrong and to tell our troubles how powerful and gracious you are so that we may endure all things and be numbered among your saints through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.