Friday, 6 February 2015

7  February 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 7 February 2015
Morning Prayer

Psalm 90

This is a group lament. The psalmist asks that we be satisfied in the morning with God’s steadfast love so that we may rejoice and be glad everyday.

There is a separation from God and a plea that there be as many days connected to God as there have been separation. The psalmist asks for God’s compassion on the people and that the work of human hands may prosper.

Genesis 23

Sarah lives 127 years and dies at Kiriatharba (Hebron). After a time of mourning Abraham seeks land and a cave to bury her. He asks the Hittites, whose land this is for a parcel. They say he is free to use any of the burial sites. He bows and asks them to negotiate for him a particular cave owned by Ephron at Machpelah and he will buy it at full price. Abraham pays the full price for a field, all the trees in it and the cave for burial.

Luke 3: 23 – 38

Jesus is about 30 years old when he begins his work. Luke traces his lineage back via Joseph to King David and Abraham and finally to “son of Adam, son of God” (v.38).

Collect for Morning Prayer

First hint of Autumn
Harrietville Vic 2015 L Osburn

Holy Lord, some of us can trace our inheritance back to the beginnings and to you. Others of us cannot claim those links but through your grace you have adopted us to be your children and to be connected to you through the Holy Spirit. Help us to be more than satisfied with your many gifts and rejoice in you everyday through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.

Saturday 7 February 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalm 119: 89 – 104

The psalmist expresses faith in God’s word – commitment to God and the law. The psalm also shows the effect of the scriptures on the psalmist through meditation, understanding and a guide for life.

“If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my misery” (v.92).

Jeremiah 15: 10 – 21

Jeremiah laments his personal situation. Here he is well behaved in the community yet a man of strife and contention. Jeremiah asks for retribution on his persecutors. Jeremiah appeals to God that he has shown he loves God’s word and feels God’s hand on him as a heavy weight. Jeremiah utters that his pain is unceasing and his wounds incurable. God replies that if Jeremiah goes back to work and serves as God’s mouth people will begin to listen and Jeremiah will be strengthened “a fortified wall of bronze” (v.20). Jeremiah will be safe.

Philippians 2: 19 – 30  

Paul hopes to send Timothy soon because he will care for the Philippians and genuinely seeks the interests of Jesus Christ. Timothy’s movements are dependent on what is about tot happen to Paul. Meanwhile Paul sends Epaphroditus who was very ill and recovered and is anxious that the Philippians know he is well. His arrival will give the Philippians cause to rejoice. They are to welcome him with joy and honour for he came close to death in his work for Christ.

Collect for Evening Prayer

There's a wink in the white cloud
It's a paraglider over the distant hill.
Harrietville Vic 2015 L Osburn

Holy Lord we hear in your scriptures of times when through prayer, reading and contemplation and serving you diligently you have saved and protected your people. Help us reflect on the many times you have strengthened and preserved us so that we may be encouraged to continue our prayers, be disciplined in our reading of your word, contemplate and listen to you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

To give the distance.
Harrietville Vic 2015 L Osburn

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