1 January 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Thursday 1 January 2015
Praise to God especially for responding to those who are humble and poor and bringing them to sit with princes. There is no other god like this.
Genesis 17: 1 – 13
Abram is 99 when God makes a covenant with him. God instructs Abram to live a live with God and be blameless. God tells him he will be father to many, is to call himself Abraham, grants Abraham Canaan and institutes circumcision for males.
Colossians 3: 12 – 17
Paul tells us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. We are to bear with one another and forgive as the Lord has forgiven us. We are to clothe ourselves with love and let the peace of Christ rule our hearts: be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in our hearts. Teach each other in wisdom and gratitude, sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God and in everything we do, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and give thanks to God through him.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Albany WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy, loving and compassionate God, by your grace you have chosen each of us as you chose Abraham. Help us walk before you leading blameless lives by daily exercising love, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, meekness, humility and patience so that the peace of Christ rules our hearts and our lives are full of thank and praise to you through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Thursday 1 January 2015
The psalm starts praising God for faithful and constant expression of love.
The psalmist ridicules the idol-makers who like their idols may have the physical senses (eyes, ears, noses…) but make no use of them. God is contrasted as a sensing and active presence worthy to be trusted. The psalmist blesses the hearer of the psalm.
Exodus 3: 13 – 17
God is commissioning Moses. Moses asks God’s name. God says, “I am who I am”. Moses is to say to the people that “I am has sent me to you”. God clarifies that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s god is one and that is who God is. God instructs Moses to gather the people and the elders and tell them that God has heard their misery and will bring them out of Egypt to the lands of Canaan and surrounds.
Colossians 2: 8 – 15
Paul says, make sure we don’t get caught up in ideologies or theories – human-generated or natural – that are not according to Christ. In Christ the fullness of deity dwells bodily. In Christ we have come to fullness and been spiritually circumcised. We are buried with Christ in baptism and raised with him through faith in God’s power. God forgave us and cleared our record of sin, nailing all to the cross, disarming and triumphing over rulers and powers.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Great Red-Tingle Trees|
Australia's tallest trees Walpole WA. 2014 L Osburn
Holy God, one God keep us alert during this coming year for those ideas, fads and fashions that turn our heads from Christ and the cross on which he died so that we may be your steadfast people living our lives in your service and to your glory and honour through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.