Saturday, 14 February 2015

15 February 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Sunday 15 February 2015
Morning Prayer

Psalm 50

Almighty God who rules over the entire planet rebukes the people and explains that God does not need sacrifices of animals. God already owns all the creatures and plants of the earth. God instead requires thanksgiving and praise.

For those who do evil, slander others and hate discipline they have no right to recite the commandments.
“Mark this, then you who forget God” (v.23). Those who bring thanksgiving honour God and those who go the right way, God will save.

John 5: 1 – 9

Jesus meets a man who is ill at the five-porticos spring baths. When the water agitates it is thought to have healing properties. Jesus asks him does he want to be made well. Jesus tells him to take up his mat and walk. He does so.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Pillars of light
The Eyre Highway SA
2014 L Osburn
 God of love, wonders and miracles, we thank and praise you. Sometimes when we seek healing we do so in the wrong place and you come to us. Be with us this and every day to be true to your commandments: to love you and love our neighbours so that our lives are full of your presence and thanking you, praising you and rejoicing in your greatness are as easy as breathing through Jesus Christ our saviour and your Holy Spirit in our hearts, Amen.

Sunday 15 February 2015
Evening Prayer

2 Kings 5: 15 – 16, 20 – 27

Naaman, a commander in the Syrian army has leprosy. Elisha has told him to bathe in the river Jordan he refuses. Naaman’s servants come to him and challenge him that had he been told to do something difficult he would have done it, so do the easy task. Naaman bathes 7 times and is healed. He acknowledges God and offers Elisha gifts. Elisha refuses. Naaman asks to be forgiven when he is required to go with his king to the temple and stand with him and bow to other gods. Elisha absolves Naaman.

When Naaman departs, Elisha’s servant Gehazi, decides to follow Naaman and ask for silver and clothing. Gehazi returns, hides it in his house and lies to Elisha pretending he has been nowhere. As punishment Naaman’s leprosy transfers to Gehazi and he leaves Elisha’s presence forever.

Psalm 29

This psalm’s theme is the almighty power of God whose voice makes water, forests, mountains and fire dance or whirl. The Lord’s power brings people confidence and peace.

1 John 3: 15– 24

We are encouraged to demonstrate our love for others by actions and truth. We are to have pity on those in need and do something. Our hearts condemn us if we do not. God is greater than our hearts and can see them. So, if our hearts do not condemn us we are confident to stand before God. We are to believe in Christ and to love one another and God will live in us and we in God through the Holy Spirit.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Making booties for babies
Mulwala NSW 2015
L Osburn
Holy God of integrity, action and truth be with us this week. Give us opportunities to act and to demonstrate that we love you and that we love our neighbours so that we can with confidence come into your presence knowing our hearts match our words and that your Holy Spirit is with us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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