Thursday, 11 December 2014

12 December 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 12 December 2014 
Morning Prayer

Psalms 99 and 100

This psalm uses the theme God is king. God is a just ruler and steadfastly supports those who follow the commandments. God responds to wrongdoing. It is right to tremble at the greatness and awesomeness of God.

Sing praise and thanks to God. We are God’s people. God made us. The Lord’s love and mercy endures forever. The Lord is good.

Isaiah 9: 18 – 10: 11

Wickedness burns like fire. Woe to those who make unjust laws and oppress others. Their wealth and privilege will not protect them. Woe to the Assyrian (Cyrus) who is the instrument against a godless nation. God says all kings are God’s commanders. Haven’t the great idol-worshipping cities fallen? Shall the God not deal with idol-worshipping Jerusalem in the same way?

Mark 8: 14 – 26

Jesus, in the boat hears the disciples saying they only have one loaf of bread to share. Jesus warns then to be cautious of the “yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod”: the need to have a sign. They question Jesus on what he means. He asks why are they talking about having no bread? He reminds then of how he fed the masses twice with 12 and 7 baskets of food remaining respectively.

The next day in Bethsaida he heals a blind man. Jesus sends him home saying do not go into the village.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Crimson Rosella
Harrietville Victoria 2014 L Osburn

Holy and loving God you ask of us two things: to love you and to love each other. Open our eyes, ears and hearts to your daily miracles so that we never seek for signs of you. Steer us away from all idols: acquisitions, positions, titles or honours so that we prefer you above all things and serve others to your glory through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.

Friday 12 December 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalm 103

“Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is in me bless his holy name” (v.1).  The psalm recounts the gifts of God to us as individuals: forgiveness, healing, and redemption, crowning us with steadfast love and satisfying us with good things. God’s history of justice and mercy and compassion are listed. Humans are temporary and frail. God is eternal and mighty. “Bless the Lord, O my soul” (V.22).

Isaiah 46: 1 – 47: 4

The idols of Babylon have fallen. They are the same idols that were heavy to carry around and were a burden on the people. God however carries us. God made us, sustains us, and rescues us. God will do as God pleases. God’s righteous is coming near. God will grant salvation to Israel. Babylon will be humiliated. The Lord, the Almighty is the Holy One.

Revelation 14: 1 - 12

John sees the Lamb on Mount Zion surrounded by the redeemed faithful and played to by harpists: a new song.

An angel cries out for all to fear God, give God glory, worship God who made everything, for the time of judgement has come. A second angel cries out that Babylon has fallen. A third angel cries out anyone worshipping the best will experience God’s fury. This calls for patient endurance of those who obey the commandments and are faithful to Jesus.

Collect for Evening Prayer

A pair of mature Kookaburra
Harrietville Victoria 2014 L Osburn

Oh God of wonders and grace we give you thanks for your great gifts of love to us. Be with us in the stillness. Grant us a moment to reflect. Restore in us our stocks of patient endurance so that we may continue day-by-day obeying your commandments and loving you more through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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