16 December 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Tuesday 16 December 2014
Psalm 105: 1 – 22
The psalm praises God’s faithfulness. It praises creation and God’s love. This portion recalls the early story of Abraham through to Joseph being placed in charge of Pharaoh’s household.
Isaiah 13: 1 – 13
Isaiah foretells the total destruction of Babylon. Only a few people will remain. The destruction is caused by sin and offences against God.
Mark 9: 33 - 50
The disciples argue about who is the greatest. Jesus tells then that the one who would be greatest is the one who serves all. He brings a child before them saying that welcoming a child in Christ’s name is welcoming Christ and welcoming God.
John reports seeing a man who is not a disciple, cast out demons in Christ’s name. Christ says to leave him be since if he is identifying with Christ he is not going to turn on him. If people do things in the name of Christ there is merit in that.
These people need nurturing like children and not to have blocks put in their way. We are to discard those parts of ourselves that would block them – even if it were our hand or foot or eye. We will all be salted with the Holy Spirit and that needs to be kept alive – full of flavour like the saltiness of salt.
Collect for Morning Prayer
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Perth WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and everlasting God you have been with us from creation and journeyed with your people. You teach us to be gentle, humble and supportive especially for those new to faith. Help us keep being true to you and gentle to all even though great cities and nations fall and there are cataclysmic changes in the earth, so that we keep your Holy Spirit alive in ourselves and nurture it in others through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Tuesday 16 December 2014
Psalm 105: 23 – 45
The psalm continues to praise God’s faithfulness to the covenant and tells the story of the famine, Israel going to Egypt, the Exodus and the arrival in the Promised Land. Praise the Lord.
Isaiah 13: 14 – 14: 2
Those who flee Babylon will be safer than those who stay. There will be no compassion even for babies.
Israel will be restored eventually in Jerusalem and those who have oppressed her will find themselves ruled by the ones who they oppressed.
The angels with the bowls or wrath are ordered to pour them out. In order the plagues are: foul and painful sores for those who worship the beast, the sea turns red and all things in it die, rivers and springs turn red, the sun scorches all with fierce heat, the kingdom of the beast is thrown into darkness, the Euphrates River dries up and three frogs come out – one for the dragon, one from the beast and one from the mouth of the false prophet. Finally these three demonic spirits go to the leaders of the world, performing signs and stir them to join in a battle. The last angel pours out the bowl and the there are earthquakes, stones falling from the sky and the earth levelled. It is done.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Albany WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and merciful God you have been with us in the past, you are with us now and you will be with us in what is to come. Help us every day to keep our focus on you not on beasts or catastrophes or fears, so that we are always ready to assist others, support and nurture your spirit in them and maximise the love and care we have in our daily lives through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.