276 March 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Friday 27 March 2015
Psalm 68: 1 – 20
A psalm of praise to a practical God, our God. We are provided with the practical necessities homes, care for orphans and widows, water, food, crops, protection, peace and God’s presence - relationship.
Exodus 10: 1 - 20
Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh again. The next plague will be locusts. Some of Pharaoh’s court counsel to let the Israelites go and worship else the whole country will be ruined. Pharaoh says yes then asks, “Who will go?” When Moses says everyone young and old and their flocks Pharaoh becomes suspicious and says he will only let the men go. Moses leaves then raises this staff and the greatest plague of locusts descends on the country. Pharaoh calls Moses, repents and agrees that the Israelites can go. As soon as Moses raises his staff again and the locusts leave Pharaoh recants. His heart is hardened.
Luke 21: 20 – 28
When we see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, desolation is near and the people should flee. Vengeance will rule. There will be great distress and people will be taken captive.
When the Son of man is about to return there will be signs in the sun, moon, stars, nations and roaring seas and waves. People will faint with fear and foreboding. When these things start, stand up, lift up your heads for redemption is coming.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Lodge in the Karri Forest|
WA 2014 L Osburn
Loving and practical God, you provide us with necessities for survival, shelter and your faithful people who make the world a better place for others. While there is still strife, plagues and oppression in our world keep us lifting up our heads, keep us reaching out to others, so that we are your arms and legs and heart, building relationships and sharing your great gifts through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Friday 27 March 2015
Psalm 68: (21 – 23) 24 – 35
This section of the psalm moves first to the fierce protection God provides for his people and then to a procession and celebration of God and the people of Israel, united in Jerusalem at the temple.
The “insolent men” accuse Jeremiah of lying and of being influenced to allow the Babylonians to kills the remnant people in Judah. The whole group with Jeremiah and Baruch go to Egypt. On arrival God instructs Jeremiah to take large stones and bury them under Pharaoh’s pavement. He is told to prophesy that King Nebuchadrezzar will come and set up his canopy and throne above these stones and bring destruction and pestilence and death to Egypt. He will sack Egypt.
Hebrews 9: 11 – 26
Why is the sacrifice of Christ is beyond compare? The sacrifice is a person not an animal. Christ is priest and victim. The offering is made once and for everyone. It is voluntary, accomplished by the eternal spirit and will be effective for all time. And when Christ returns, it won’t be to deal with sin but to bring to Him those who wait for Him.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Cape Leeuwin WA|
Where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet
2014 L Osburn
O God of the overwhelming sacrifice, giving your self for our salvation shows your fierce and eternal love for us. Help us sit and feel your love and the power of your grace so that we, washed over and washed through, may be encouraged to continue to live faithfully waiting for you through Jesus Christ our Lord and your Holy Spirit in out hearts. Amen.
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