16 April 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Thursday 16 April 2015
Psalm 105: 1 – 22
The psalm praises God’s faithfulness. It praises creation and God’s love. This portion recalls the early story of Abraham through to Joseph being placed in charge of Pharaoh’s household.
Exodus 16: 22 – 17: 7
On the day before the Sabbath the people gather double the amount of bread. Moses tells them to cook and eat what they need and the remainder will not spoil. God provide so that no one needs to leave their homes, they are to rest. But some people go out. God asked Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and instructions?”(v.28). Moses had Aaron keep some manna in the holy place so that people in future generations could see what it was like. Then the people run out of water at Rephidim they quarrel with Moses and test God. Moses does as God instructs, strikes a rock and water flows. He calls the place Massah and Meribah (meaning testing and quarrelling).
Luke 24: 13 – 27
Two of the disciples are walking on the road to Emmaus talking about what had happened. A stranger approaches and appears ignorant of all the events including the women reporting an angel at the tomb and the empty grave. The stranger interprets the scriptures about the Messiah from Moses to the present time. He shows them that the prophecies have all been fulfilled.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Juvenile Female King Parrot|
Harrietville 2015 L Osburn
Faithful, loving, patient Lord you feed us, nurture us, put up with our testiness and quarrelling even to the point of sending prophets to tell us what will happen and your Son to fulfil those prophesies. Open up our hearts and minds, ears and souls to you so that we may be at peace, rest in your love, do as you instruct and sing praise to your name through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Thursday 16 April 2015
Psalm 105: 23 – 45
The psalm continues to praise God’s faithfulness to the covenant and tells the story of the famine, Israel going to Egypt, the Exodus and the arrival in the Promised Land. Praise the Lord.
The people, with the 40,000 strong army first, cross the Jordan River. God tells Joshua to instruct one person from each tribe to collect a stone from near the ark in the centre of the river. It will be used for a monument to commemorate the crossing, record God’s actions and power and encourage people to fear and honour God.
When the priests carry the ark to dry land, the river returns to its full flood state.
1 Peter 4: 3 – 11
We have already had our wild days. Some of our old friends get upset that we still aren’t there with them. From now on we are to be aware that all things will end, to take seriously our discipline and prayers, to love one another, be hospitable without complaining and, serve one another with whatever skills we have and use those skills as if we are handing on the capacity of God. In this way God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. God’s is the glory forever.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Big brother: Little sister|
Wagga Wagga NSW 2015 L Osburn-Gard
Faithful loving God you know who we are and what we have done and you equip us with many skills and abilities. Help us this and every day to say our prayers, focus our lives on you and be your loving, serving, compassionate, active and dynamic people, so that you may be praised and glorified through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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