12 March 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Thursday 12 March 2015
This psalm is a great hymn of praise to God citing evidence including creation, oversight of nations, strength beyond that of people or war-horses, the steadfast love that delivers our souls from death. The psalm ends saying our souls wait for the Lord, our hearts are glad because we trust and with an appeal for God’s steadfast love to be with us.
Genesis 49: 1 – 21
Jacob gathers his sons and tells them their qualities and the future of their descendants. “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah”.
Luke 16: 14 – 31
The Pharisees ridicule Jesus. Jesus responds by upholding all the law and the prophets. He tells the story of the rich man and the poor man, Lazarus by the gate. The Mosaic Law and the prophets guide us to do what is right for God.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Watching and waiting|
Cape Le Grand National Park WA
2014 L Osburn
Almighty God creator, you are forever alive and love us. You know us through and through like an attentive parent: our capacities, our qualities and our inner desires. Open our ears, eyes and our hearts to listen to the Law and the Prophets so that we learn how to wait for you, trust in you, and be glad to do your will through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Thursday 12 March 2015
This powerful psalm is on the theme of taking refuge in God and has the words “Into your hand I commit my spirit”. The second part asks for God’s grace and the final part praises God and encourages us to love the Lord, “be strong and let your heart take courage” (v. 24).
Jeremiah 33: 10 – 26
Jeremiah prophesies again that God has said that in this place that “is a waste, without human beings or animals” (v’s 10 & 12) life will be restored. And the promises to the patriarchs will be upheld. There will be the re-establishment of the Kingdom from David’s lineage.
Hebrews 11: 1 – 12
This is an ode to faith. By faith… and the stories from the faithful in the Old Testament are revisited: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah. Their faithfulness is remembered.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Busselton WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy Lord you lead and care for your faithful people and you restore us time and time again by your unlimited love and grace. Be with us now as we reflect on our day. Guide us to recall the moments we exercised faith in you. Help us to remember those seconds we recommitted our spirit to you so that we can see the strength you give us, praise and thank you and be encouraged to step out again tomorrow in faith, hope love and promise through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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