14 April 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Tuesday 14 April 2015
Psalms 108 and 109: 20 – 30
The first psalm begins with praising God, giving thanks and acknowledging God’s faithfulness. It moves on to ask for a victory and recognises that if God does not go with us there are no victories.
The portion of the second psalm is a prayer for deliverance “Let them curse, but you will bless”.
Exodus 15: 19 – 27
The Pharaoh’s people are caught in the returning waters. The women since and dance in praise. Moses orders the people forward and they go three days to a place where the water is bitter and undrinkable. The people complain. Moses calls on the Lord. A stick thrown into the water makes it potable. The people move on to an oasis. The Lord promises that if the people listen and do what is right in God’s sight and heed the commandments and statutes the Lord will heal them.
Matthew 28: 11 – 20
The disciples go to Galilee. While they are going, the group of soldiers who witnessed the resurrection tell the chief priests and elders. They decided to pay the soldiers to put about the story that the disciples stole the body while the soldiers slept. The chief priests and elders and promise them that if the governor hears they will mollify him to protect the soldiers.
When the disciples arrive in Galilee, they go to the mountain Jesus had indicated and worship him. There are some who doubt and Jesus appears to them all and gives them the great commission to spread the good news and baptise people in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He reaffirms his enduring presence.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Stream through the Karri forest|
A 2014 L Osburn
Holy Lord you have rescued and given victory to your faithful people through the ages. You commission us to spread your good news. Go with us this and every day for with you comes achievement of the impossible, healing, and sweet refreshment through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Tuesday 14 April 2015
Psalm 119: 105 – 128
This psalm is full of powerful one-liners. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”; “You are my hiding place and my shield”; “Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and teach me your statutes”; “Truly I love your commandments more than gold, more than fine gold”.
Joshua sends spies to Jericho. They hide in Rahab’s house. She is known to have men visit. When the soldiers come to find them, Rahab misdirects them. She gives the spies the information they need and helps them escape without detection. She gains a promise of protection for herself and family. The spies agree that she will put a red cloth out her window and her household, and all in it will be spared. The spies return to Joshua reporting that the people are fearful and know the Lord has given them the whole land.
1 Peter 3: 8 – 16
We are encouraged to care for each other, have a unity of spirit, to be tender and humble and to not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse. We are not to fear. We are to be ready to explain what we have done gently and reverently and with a clear conscience. That way when people malign what we do in Christ, they are the ones who will experience shame.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|At the seaside|
Busselton WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and mighty God you lead us, shield us, love us, help us through unusual ways and command us to love each other. Help us to care for all people, for all are yours. Keep us humble, tender, reverent, gentle and fearless knowing that we do your will so that we bring you glory praise and honour through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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