13 April 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Monday 13 April 2015
Psalms 101 and 102: 1 – 11
The first psalm is a statement of commitment to justice and to work hard to live a righteous life. The portion of the second psalm is a lament. The psalmist is unwell and in great pain unable to eat or sleep and tormented by others who suggest God has deserted him.
Exodus 15: 1 – 18
This is a song of praise sung by Moses and the Israelites after their passing through the sea. They praise God’s might and steadfast love. They praise the quietness of the response from chiefs and leaders in the land they pass through on their way to Canaan. They sing, “The Lord will reign forever”.
Matthew 28: 1 – 10
After the Sabbath the two Marys go to the tomb where Jesus was laid. There is an earthquake, an angel of the Lord appears and rolls the stone away. The angel is clothed in white and bright as lightning. The guards on the tomb shake and are immobilised. The angel tells the women that Jesus has been raised and to look in the tomb. The angel also tells them to tell the disciples to go to Galilee where they will see Jesus. The women leave to tell the disciples and they meet Jesus who greets them and also tells them to tell the disciples to go to Galilee.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Bergen-Mulwala Road NSW 2015 L Osburn
O God you are the central focus of our lives. Your wisdom guides us to justice and right living. We seek you for healing and to serve you. Encountering you face to face is overwhelming. When you break through into our world and conscious awareness, when we recognise what you have done for us, our only response is awe and praise. Let us be so open to you that we are aware of your actions in our lives and praise you all our days through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Monday 13 April 2015
Psalm 102: 12 – 28
This second portion of the lament turns into a hymn of prayer and praise to God. God will look after us; hears our prayers and is eternal.
After Moses death Joshua prepares to enter The Promised Land. He is instructed by God to keep the law, have courage and take the land. Joshua prepares the people and promises those in the company from trans-Jordanian lands that after the people are settled they will return to the places Moses gave them, east of the Jordan.
1 Peter 3: 1 – 7
If one is married to someone who does not believe our partners are to be treated with respect and we are to be faithful, adorn ourselves with a gentle spirit and be without fears. Husbands are to honour their wives even if not believers for they too are heirs to the gift of life and prayer-time for the believer needs to be respected.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Stephens Creek Reservoir NSW 2015 L Osburn
Holy and gracious God, you hear our prayers and your promises are true. Help us live in peace and harmony, love and respect in our families even when our partners are not believers so that all may gain your precious gift of life and that we have the peace and space to pray and worship you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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