Friday, 24 April 2015

25 April 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 25 April 2015
Morning Prayer

Psalm 135

This psalm is a song of praise and thanksgiving to God. Calls upon the priestly tribes of Israel to praise the Lord.
There is a warning too, those who follow the idols of silver and gold will be like them: have eyes yet not see, have ears yet not hear have mouths yet no breath.

Exodus 23: 20 – 33

God tells Moses that he will send an angel to lead them and enable them to successfully reach and populate the Promised Land. But, they must not worship idols or other gods in all their journey and interactions with the other nations of people.

John 10: 31 – 42

Jesus is about to be stoned. He asks them for which good work will he be stoned? They say they will stone him for blasphemy for making himself God. Jesus replies using scripture (Ps 82: 6) that we are all made gods. Scripture cannot be annulled and he is doing God’s work, so how can it be blaspheming to claim that he is God’s Son? He tells them to believe in the works even if they don’t believe in him. God is in Christ and Christ is in God. He evades arrest.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Blackwood River WA 2014 L Osburn

Holy and wonderful God you have given us clear instructions and guidance and, free will that empower us to determine our path. Help us today to choose life with you and claim our position as your child won for us by and through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday 25 April 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalm 136

This psalm proclaims God’s greatness and enduring love. Here we praise the overwhelming, overflowing, generosity of God.

Joshua 10: 12 – 27

On the day of the battle against the Amorites, Joshua spoke with God then instructed the sun and moon to hold their position. This is occurred and Joshua won the battle. The five kings hide in a cave. Joshua’s men enclose them and continued fighting. At the end of the battle the kings are taken out, humiliated, killed and buried back in the cave.

1 Corinthians 3: 5 – 17

Paul goes on to explain that the different teachers all have different role. Paul built the foundation and there is only one foundation – Christ. The others teachers help build the community of believers and their success will be seen when the communities are tested – like a building is tested by fire.

He reminds the people that they are holy. That each is a temple and God’s Spirit dwells in each of them. If anyone destroys any of them, God will respond.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Autumn sunset
Bergen-Mulwala Rd NSW 2015 L Osburn
God of overwhelming generosity and love, you dwell in us as you once dwelt in the ancient temple. When we encounter strife, opposition or turf wars, encourage us to call on you so that your light might shine and show us the truth. Help us to remember that there is only one foundation for our lives and beliefs, Christ, and that all of us are important members of your kingdom so that we remember that you have already won the great battle and work with each other in love through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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