Saturday, 4 April 2015

5 April 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Sunday 5 April 2015

Christ is risen, Hallelujah!

There is no Morning Prayer today since this is one of the three times a year when Holy Communion must be celebrated. It defines people’s identity as communicant members of the church.

Sunday 5 April 2015
Evening Prayer

Exodus 12: 1 – 14

This is the story of the Passover with Moses and Aaron in Egypt receiving God’s instructions to the Hebrews so that the Lord would pass over their homes and they would be saved. There is too the instruction that this feast of the Passover should be a perpetual celebration.

Psalm 113

This is a psalm of praise to the Lord forever. What other God is there that raises the poor from the dust and has them sit with the powerful and renowned? Who is it that fulfils us like this God?

Romans 6: 3 – 14

We are united with Christ through baptism and through his death. Our old selves have been crucified. We no longer react to impulse and sin. We are raised from that dead powerless position. We know that Christ cannot die again. Instead he lives for God and we too are now “dead to sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus” (v.11).

Paul charges us therefore, to not let sin take hold but to present ourselves to God as someone who has come from death into life. We can present ourselves as instruments, and tools of God’s righteousness. Sin can’t win! We are now under the grace of God.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Denmark WA 2014 L Osburn
Hallelujah wonderful, almighty God. You have brought us from sin and given us a place with you, as yours safe in your loving care. We rejoice. Keep our hearts and minds open and dedicated to your service so that we are instruments of your righteousness and grace spreading your truth, sincerity, faithfulness and mercy in all the parts of our lives through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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