15 February 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 15 February 2015
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
Sunday 15 February 2015
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.
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
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.