18 April 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Saturday 18 April 2015
Psalm 107: 1 – 22
Whether we are lost in a dry place, imprisoned or sick we are encouraged to “cry to the Lord whose steadfast love endures forever”.
Exodus 18: 10 – 27
Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law praises God and validates that God is above all gods. He offers a sacrifice. Jethro watches Moses and says, “Now listen to me. I will give you counsel and God be with you!” (v.19). Jethro proposes that to avoid burn-out, Moses delegates the judging of cases and teaching the law in a structured manner in the community. Moses followed Jethro’s advice. Jethro returns home.
Luke 24: 36 – 53
Luke tells of Jesus appearing with the disciples, showing his wounds and asking for something to eat. He helps them understand what they had witnessed. He promises them that they would be clothed in power from on high and when they receive it, they may leave the city.
They all go to Bethany. Jesus blesses them, withdraws and is carried up to heaven. They worship him, return to Jerusalem, go to the temple and continually bless God.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Mandurah WA 2014 L Osburn
O God you restore the lost, imprisoned and sick. You send wise mentors to leaders and you sent your Son for us. Be with us in shock, when troubled or burdened. Be with us in our fear. Confront us with the reality of our risen Lord. So that we pray to you, seek wise counsel, are restored, praise you, and pass on our knowledge and experience of your love to others through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Saturday 18 April 2015
Psalm 107: 23 – 43
We are reminded that faithfulness leads to hope and pride to being brought low. We are to call on the Lord for our great provision.
Joshua 6: 1 – 21
Joshua instructs the ritual circling of the city of Jericho that brings down the defences. For six days the priests with the ark blowing a horn and with all the people circle the city once. There is no other noise – just the rams’ horns. On the seventh day they circle seven times and at Joshua’s command all shout. The walls fall. Rahab and her family are spared. No loot related to foreign gods or idols is to be taken.
1 Peter 5
The writer instructs the elders of the church to tend the people and have oversight of junior members and be examples for them and humble in dealing with them. The younger members are to accept the authority of the elders and deal humbly with each other.
We are to be humble before God and give God all our anxieties. We are to be alert to temptation that creeps like a lion and resist. God will restore, strengthen us and support us through all the difficult times.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|At Nullarbor on a wet day.|
Nullarbor SA 2014 L Osburn
Almighty and loving God you restore and strengthen and support us in tough times. Keep us faithful and obedient to you – even if your plans are very different to anything we have ever done before. Keep us humble and gentle with others and ourselves so that we are open to your healing and renewing touch through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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