Friday, 13 March 2015

14 March 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 14 March 2015
Morning Prayer

Psalm 34

This is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise and one that teaches people to love and fear the Lord, to avoid evil and to seek peace. The psalmist teaches, “the Lord redeems the life of his servants” (v.22).

Genesis 50: 7 – 26

Joseph his brothers and a great company of Egyptians Take Jacob’s body back to Canaan. They mourn 7 days and then bury him as requested. On return to Egypt the brothers come to Joseph and confess and ask forgiveness. He weeps, and then responds that he is not God and that all they did was part of God’s plan. He promises to care for them and their families. Before he dies he asks that when God comes to call them back, that they are to carry his bones back with them.

Luke 17: 20 – 37

Jesus talks about the Kingdom. First it is here and we can read the signs of Jesus’s time – the miracles, the healing. We can also act to bring the Kingdom by doing things about poverty, suffering and wars now, since the Kingdom is with us through Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection. And the final Kingdom of God’s glory is still to come, in God’s time and God’s place.

Collect for Morning Prayer

The Hill approaching Port Augusta
SA 2014 L Osburn
 O God your kingdom is eternal. Through Jesus it came to earth, through our works for peace and care it continues to be seen. We wait for its coming and for Christ’s return. Help us to care for people even those who have harmed us so that we avoid evil, act for good, seek peace and are prepared to see your face through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord who redeemed us all. Amen.

Saturday 14 March 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalm 119: 17 – 40

In this section of the psalm is the plea to be taught and to be shown how to live out the commandments daily: how to read and understand scripture. There is a plea for protection against ridicule or harm by others because of our desire to be with and know God.

Jeremiah 35

Jeremiah is instructed to invite the Rechabites to the temple and offer them wine. The Rechabites refuse saying their ancestor Jonadab, forbade them to drink wine, or farm but to live in tents. They have obeyed.
God then instructs Jeremiah to use the Rechabites as an example of a people who listen. The Rechabites are promised a future. The rest if the people of Judah are not listening nor answering when called.

Hebrews 11: 29 – 40

The writer here talks of more recent people who were righteous, journeyed and/ or suffered for their faith. This is the culmination of the great list of faithful beginning at Abel. But, the writer pauses and says, “Yet all these... did not receive what was promised...” What was promised was salvation. The ancients are not perfect, we are not perfect but we all need each other as part of the great cord of salvation made possible by Christ. We are part of that chain of salvation that links us, through all the faithful, back to Abel.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Sue's Bridge
The lives of the faithful are like
the support of our bridge of faith
Black River WA 2014 L Osburn
Great and patient Lord you have given us the records of your faithful and obedient people through the ages. Their stories encourage us to continue our faith and desire to know you better. Encourage us to reach for you and for the salvation you made possible through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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