3 April 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Friday 3 April 2015
The psalmist has received God’s grace and salvation in the past and praises God. He has given himself as a sacrifice of listening attention and praise to God. Now there is a new set of circumstances and enemies assail him. Again the psalmist asks for deliverance and waits patiently on the Lord.
Genesis 22: 1 – 18
Abraham takes his only loved son to be sacrificed to the Lord. An angel stays his hand. God instead provides a ram for the sacrifice. Abraham has shown that God is his highest priority and his obedience.
Matthew 27: 32 – 54
On the way to Golgotha Simon of Cyrene is compelled by the guards to carry Jesus’ cross. Jesus is crucified and his clothes taken. He is mocked by priests, passers by and even a thief who is crucified beside him. At mid-day the land is covered in darkness and three hours later Jesus cries out to God. He is given vinegar, cries out once more and dies.
The curtain in the temple that shields the holy place of God’s presence is torn in two.
A centurion states, this is God’s Son. The women are there, at a safe distance watching, some of the many women who came up with Jesus from Galilee.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|From the Mountain|
Mt Hotham Vic. 2015 L Osburn
Friday 3 April 2015
This psalm is attributed to King David when he was hiding in a cave in fear for his life. David cries to the Lord and tells God his situation and that there are traps in his road ahead. His persecutors are too strong for him. David asks to be rescued so that he can praise God and so that godly people will surround him.
Lamentations 5: 15 – 22
Our joy is gone, our dancing stops, we are without power, we have sinned, our hearts are broken, our eyes dim and there are scavengers in places that were once precious to us. Is our sin beyond redemption? We are separated from God and long to be restored.
Colossians 1: 18 – 23
Christ is the beginning of all things, the head of the church and the one through whom reconciliation with God was made possible for all.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Broken Hill NSW 2015
Holy Lord, there are no words to describe your power and might. We thank you that you came down to us, gave your life for us and made possible an eternal reconciliation with you. On our knees we praise you and thank you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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