Friday, 5 December 2014

6 December 2014


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 6 December 2014 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 86

The psalmist approaches God in humility and reverent recognition asking for assistance. Praise and honour are awarded to God and the psalmist asks to walk in truth and to have a heart for God alone. Thanks are given to God for steadfast love.

The main request is for help against the “insolent” who are threatening the psalmist’s life. The psalmist acknowledges that God is, merciful, gracious and overflowing with love so asks for grace and strength in this time of challenge so that those causing trouble may see, reflect and repent.

Isaiah 5: 18 – 30

Those who live with sin, who mock God, who call evil good and prefer darkness to light and call bitter sweet, are good at partying and giving bribes are only wise in their own eyes and shrewd in their own estimations. They have despised the word of God and will amount to ash. Another nation will come swiftly and take over – leaving only darkness and distress.

Mark 6: 14 – 29

Herod hears of Jesus’ works and though people think Jesus is a prophet or Elijah resurrected, Herod thinks Jesus must be John the Baptist resurrected.

Herod had marries his brother’s wife and had a daughter who dances at his birthday. John the Baptist had told Herod is was against the law to be part of this adultery. Salome, the daughter’s dance so pleases Herod he offers her anything she wishes. She checks with her mother who instructs her to ask for John the Baptist’s head. The king though grieved has to honour his oath and so orders John’s death. John’s disciples come and retrieve his body.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Old Telegraph Station Eucla WA
2014 L Osburn
Holy Lord we thank you that you give us the free will to choose you. This means that some people never will -rejecting you and persecuting your people throughout the ages. You are gracious and us give space for reflection and repentance. Fill us with your spirit of truth, grace and courage to stay calm in the face of persecution, to be always open to the possibility of repentance and transformation so that we are available to assist those like Herod, Salome and Herodias when your grace moves them to seek you in truth and humility through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.

Saturday 6 December 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalm 88

This is a prayer of a faithful person who has been seriously ill since childhood and now believes they are close to death. The prayer asks God to listen. The psalmist is bold with God. “Is your steadfast love declared in the grave…?” (v.11). The only sense of hope in this psalm is in God’s response.

Isaiah 42: 18 – 43: 13
Isaiah tells the people they are blind and deaf to God’s provision and word even though they are the chosen messengers. Instead they are trapped and imprisoned through their own making. Isaiah asks them to consider heeding God’s word, listening and being restored. God redeems and will redeem Israel, gathering her people from the ends of the earth. Let the people see the evidence of God’s actions – see God’s redemption.

1 Thessalonians 4: 13 – 5: 11

Paul reassures the Thessalonians that those who have died will be raised on the day the Lord comes. Those of us alive when Jesus comes do not get to be with Him before them – so encourage one another in hope.

We know that Jesus will come and we do not need to know when – just be prepared – not become complacent when we hear news of peace. We are to be steadfast in faith and hope and love for God has destined us for salvation, not for wrath. Whether we are alive or dead as his people we will be with Him so we are to encourage one another and build one another up.

Collect for Evening Prayer

In the garden
St Andrew's by the Lake
Mulwala NSW 2014 L Osburn

God of promise and of salvation, keep up strong in faith and hope and love all the days of our lives. Help us to build up each other and to acknowledge your Holy Spirit in everyone so that by your grace all hearts may be touched and all souls brought into your eternal presence through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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