Saturday, 28 February 2015

1 March 2015

Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Sunday 1 March 2015
Morning Prayer

Psalm 121

God is eternally faithful and cares for us. Our help come from the Lord who never rests, protects us, keeps us from evil and guards our every movement.

Galatians 1: 11 – 24

Paul tells the Galatians his story to verify his credibility. Paul was a persecutor of Christians. But, he received his gospel direct from a revelation of Christ. He did not go to Jerusalem to learn the gospel from the people there. Instead it was three years before he went there. When he eventually went to Jerusalem Peter (Cephas in Aramaic) and Jesus’s brother James were the people he met and only for a fortnight. Paul comes with the direct knowledge from Jesus.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Fremantle fishing fleet
WA 2014 L Osburn

Loving God, you protect and you lead us when we are willing to listen to you and hand our lives to you. Guide us in our growth, our knowledge and faith and keep us safe so that we are able to do your will anywhere in this beautiful world you created through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.

Sunday 1 March     2015
Evening Prayer

Jeremiah 11: 9 – 20

The people of Judah and Jerusalem have broken the covenant and are worshipping as many gods as there are towns. Destruction will come and none of those gods can do anything to prevent it. God tells Jeremiah not to pray for these people or pray on their behalf for on this occasion God will not listen.

Jeremiah laments for he has become aware on an assassination plot against him. Jeremiah, who ahs commitment himself to God’s cause asks to be witness to the punishment of those who plot.

Psalm 119: 49 – 56

The psalmist asks God to remember what has been promised in scripture. The psalmist though comforted by scripture gets agitated when he considers the wicked ways of others. The psalmist identifies all the ways the commandments and statutes of the Lord enrich life.

Mark 14: 27 - 52

Jesus tells the disciples that they will desert him as scripture says and when he is raised up he will precede them to Galilee. Peter promises loyalty and Jesus tells him that he will deny Jesus three times before dawn.

They go to the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus goes off to pray and asks for the disciple to stay awake in support and prayer for themselves. Jesus grieves and prays that if it is God’s will, he not go through what he knows he will suffer. Jesus finds the disciples asleep. Three times they do this. Then Jesus’ hour comes.

Judas kisses Jesus as the sign that he is the one the to be arrested. Someone draws a sword and cuts of the ear of a slave of the high priest. Jesus asks why they come to arrest him as if he is a bandit when he preached in the temple day after day. The disciples run away. One young man wearing nothing but a linen cloth when captured, runs away naked.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Armadale WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and almighty God, anything is possible through you. Your scriptures tell and guide your prophets and your Son about your love and about what is to come. In the quiet of this night help us also to reflect on the support and comfort we gain from scripture, from your commandments and from the knowledge of your everlasting love for us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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