29 March 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 29 March 2015
Mark 11: 1 – 11
Jesus begins the entry to Jerusalem. He instructs the disciples to find the colt. Jesus sits on the colt and rides into Jerusalem. People spread their cloaks or palm branches on the road before him shouting, “Hosanna” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”. Jesus goes directly to the temple then stays the night in Bethany.
Psalm 118: 1 – 2, 19 – 29
“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever” (v.1). This psalm is about being granted entry to the place of worship. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (v.24).
This is a prayer for deliverance from those who seek to harm us. And for those who seek God, may they rejoice.
Galatians 3: 10 - 14
If we rely on obeying all the commandments and laws as our path to salvation it is too great a burden; it is like a curse. No one can do it. Real righteousness is about living by and through faith. Christ, by his death took the burden of the law on himself so that everyone can receive the spirit through faith.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Fremantle Harbour WA 2014
Praise to you holy, steadfast, loving Lord who came to save us, deliver us and give us the capacity to live lives of faith in Christ. Anchor us today in the joy of your presence, the wonder of your gift and deep thankfulness for the presence of a community of believers so that we are so fed by your Spirit we may truly come with you on this journey in Holy Week and for the rest of our lives through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Sunday 29 March 2015
Exodus 13: 1 – 3 and 7 – 9
These sections cover Moses’ instructions that the firstborn of humans and animals need to be consecrated to God and that only flat bread is to be eaten for seven days each year to remind everyone of God bringing the Israelites out of Egypt.
Psalm 118: 1 – 16
This section of the psalm gives thanks for delivery from great enemies on all sides. The psalmist is explicit in saying that faith in the Lord is the key, not reliance on in armies or princes or any humans. “The Lord is my strength and my might: he has become my salvation” (v.14).
John 12: 20 – 32
The context is the people coming to Jerusalem for Passover. Jesus has just entered the city and been greeted with the palms and Hosannas. In the group of people who had come to Jerusalem are some Greeks who wish to meet Jesus. The message about the meeting is passed on and Jesus response is to talk about how he will fall to the ground like a seed and die but that is necessary for glorification. God’s voice is heard to respond to Jesus for the sake of the crowd, not for Jesus’ comfort.
Collect for Evening Prayer
2014 L Osburn
Holy Lord we remember that you brought the people out from the oppression of Egypt and all humans from the burden of sin through Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Grant us sufficient peace and calm to reflect on your great mercy and love for us so that we may truly honour you and glorify your name through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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