19 April 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 19 April 2015
This psalm encourages Israel to say, “If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side” (verses 1 & 2) and then lists what might have happened. Israel blesses the Lord and acknowledges God as the source of help.
John 7: 37 – 46
Jesus says that out of the believer’s heart flows streams of living water and proclaims that people should come to him for spiritual refreshment. Some in the crowd recognise him as a prophet or Messiah and others ridicule.
The temple police are accountable to the Pharisees who ask why they have not arrested Jesus. They reply that they have never heard anyone speak like that.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Morning on the Blackwood River|
WA 2014 L Osburn
O God of spiritual refreshment and love, you call us to come to you and listen to Jesus’ words – words like no other person has spoken. Let us today praise you and give you thanks our help, our redeemer, our sustainer and our friend through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.
Sunday 19 April 2015
Ezekiel 37: 15 – 28
God tells Ezekiel to get two sticks and on one write the houses of Judah and the other the houses of Israel, and join them together to make one stick. Ezekiel is to explain that God will reunite Israel and Judah under God’s rule and one Prince of the house of David.
Song to the Lamb
God the creator is worthy to receive glory and honour and power for creating and enlivening all things. Jesus, the lamb is worthy for his blood, shed to redeem us, from every nation of the earth and making us all a kingdom of priests serving God. To God on the throne and the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might forever.
Revelation 19: 4 – 10
John hears a great multitude singing Hallelujah and praising God. The elders, the living creatures all down and worship God. The noise of the praise and worship is enormous. John is told to write down, “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb”. John falls to worship at the feet of the messenger who speaks to him and is rebuked, “Do not do it!” The messenger indicates equality with us who hold to the testimony of Jesus. “Worship God!”
Collect for Evening Prayer
Mandurah WA 2014 L Osburn
God of unity, you bound Israel and Judah together under David. You have bound us together with you through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. May we forever praise and glorify your name and live our lives focused on serving you so that the whole world may be united in your love through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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