27 January 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Tuesday 27 January 2015
Psalm 68: 1 – 20
A psalm of praise to a practical God, our God. We are provided with the practical necessities homes, care for orphans and widows, water, food, crops, protection, peace and God’s presence – relationship.
Genesis 14: (1 – 7) 8 – 24
There is an alliance of four eastern kings who take all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah and also take Lot into captivity. An escapee reports to Abram who gathers 318 fighters and successfully pursues the invaders, retrieves Lot and all the goods looted from the cities. King Melchizedek of Salem blesses Abram in the name of the God Most High. Abram returns everything except what his men have eaten and fair payment for them.
Luke 1: 13 – 25
The angel tells Zechariah not to be afraid, that his prayers have been heard and his wife shall have a son. The boy is to be called John and will have the Holy Spirit in him. He is not to consume strong drink and he will turn many of the people to God. Zechariah asks how he will know this is true. The angel says his name, Gabriel, and tells Zechariah that because he doubts, he will be mute until the child is born. Zechariah comes out of the sanctuary, clearly he has seen a vision, is unable to speak and returns home. Elizabeth conceives and praises God.
Collect for Morning Prayer
The Eyre Highway SA 2014 L Osburn
God of action, in scripture you show us your how you work with your people in the real world in our own efforts and sometimes through miracles. Keep our hearts and minds open to you, your words to us and your action in our daily lives so that we, recognising you, may give you thanks and praise and be energised to do your work in this world you love through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Tuesday 27 January 2015
Psalm 68: (21 – 23) 24 – 35
This section of the psalm moves first to the fierce protection God provides for his people and then to a procession and celebration of God and the people of Israel, united in Jerusalem at the temple.
Jeremiah 8: 18 – 9: 11
Jeremiah is depressed and grieving. The people continue to provoke God with idol worship. They have not turned to God following the harvest. There is no doctor to heal them. Jeremiah wants to weep all day long or find some safe haven in the wilderness, leave the people there and go away from them. There is falsehood, deceit, hypocrisy and refusal to come to God. Jerusalem will be made a heap of ruins and the towns of Judah will be desolate.
James 2: 14 – 26
James says that faith without works cannot save. Even demons believe in God. We need to demonstrate our faith by our actions in the world and keep our faith alive.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Evening at Streaky Bay|
SA 2014 L Osburn
God of balance and commitment you show us that action and worship, faith and deeds go together. As we reflect on today, help us recall the times we acted in faith so that we may be strengthened and encouraged in our efforts and energised by your spirit to act again for your glory in the days to come through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.