Thursday, 5 March 2015

6 March 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 6 March 2015
World Day of Prayer
Morning Prayer

Psalms 18: 1 – 31

David exuberantly praises the Lord for saving him from death at the hands of his enemies. The images used are like a volcanic eruption. David is ecstatic with what he can do with God’s help. He rejoices utterly in God, the only God: our God.

“This God – God’s way is perfect; the promise of the Lord proves true” (v.30).

Genesis 45: 1 – 15

Joseph sends his staff away and remains alone with his brothers. He then reveals who he is. He explains that his going to Egypt was God’s plan and holds nothing against them. He also tells them how long the drought will be and that they are to bring their father and the whole family to Egypt where he will provide for them during the drought. They weep and kiss and talk.

Luke 14: 1 – 14

Jesus is at a Pharisee’s home on the Sabbath. He challenges the listeners about the rules of healing people on the Sabbath. He heals a man. He teaches on humility –presume to be one of the lesser guests. Invite those who can never repay you to your banquets: the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Flower in the Morning
Armadale WA 2014 L Osburn
Saving God, you have used many ways to free your people from fear, to reconcile them, to heal them and to set us free from pride. Lift our hearts in praise and thanks to you so that we can acknowledge what you have done and live today in celebration through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.

Friday 6 March 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalm 18: 32 – 38 (39-44) 45 - 52

David continues his great psalm of praise for deliverance from enemies and as the warrior king he had to be, describes his supremacy in the battle. He is more subdued at the end, blessing God, extoling God’s name, praising God for his steadfast love and care.

Jeremiah 31: 15 – 26

Jeremiah acknowledges the deep grief in the land because of the exile. He also foretells the return and suggests the exiles remember the route of their journey so that they confidently know the way home. Israel will not need a strong protector; she will be her own protection.

Hebrews 9: 11 – 22

The writer explains why the sacrifice of Christ is beyond compare. First it was a person not an animal, He was priest and victim. The offering was made once and for everyone. It was voluntary, accomplished by the eternal spirit and will be effective for all time.

Collect for Evening Prayer

The Travellers' Cross
Eyre Highway Eucla WA
2014 L Osburn
God of promise and of deliverance we praise and thank you for your love and sacrifice. Be with us this evening. Help us recall how we came to you. Help us to remember our road to you: our road home. So that we humbly acknowledge that it is by the sacrifice of Jesus that we have the way, always there, always open, always available to you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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