Monday, 6 April 2015

7 April 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 7 April 2015
Morning Prayer

Psalm 112

This is a psalm of blessing. It blesses those who fear the Lord and gives a list of their characteristics: security, righteousness, wealth, generosity, unafraid of evil, firm faith, secure in the Lord, generously giving to the poor and shunned by the wicked.

Exodus 12: 21 – 36

This section gives greater detail of the Passover – the actions of the people and what they are instructed to tell their children and grandchildren about the Passover observance. It tells of Pharaoh’s insistence that the people leave and leave a blessing for him behind. The people ask the Egyptians for gifts and they are given them. Their bread is unleavened at the time of their departure and they leave with everything they can – all their flocks.

John 20: 19 – 31

On the evening of that first day when Mary sees Jesus, the disciples gather in a room and the door is locked. They are afraid. Jesus stands before them and allows them to touch his wounds. He gives them the Holy Spirit.

Thomas is not there. The disciples tell him what had happened. A week later they gather again. Jesus appears again. Jesus offers Thomas the same opportunity as the disciples. Thomas immediately says “My Lord and my God”. Jesus blesses those who will believe without seeing. Jesus does other signs but they have not been recorded.

Collect for Morning Prayer

The Crucifx at The Abbey - Benedictine Community
Jamberoo NSW 2012 L Osburn
Holy and loving Lord you have freed us from the oppression of sin and death. The riches we gain from Jesus’ death and resurrection are more valuable than the gold the Hebrew people were given. Be with us today and remind us that with you we possess security, righteousness, wealth, generosity, fearlessness of evil, and firm faith, so that our lives can be full of your praise through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday 7 April 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalm 113

Praise the Lord. God cares for the poor and raises them up. God cares for the childless and gives them experiences of motherhood. God lifts the grieving to joy.

Isaiah 43: 1 – 13

God redeems and will redeem Israel, gathering her people from the ends of the earth. Let the people see the evidence of God’s actions – see God’s redemption. What God does, no power can undo.

1 Peter 1: 10 – 17

The ancient prophets talked about the presence and suffering of Christ. They did not do it to help themselves but for us, the people who come to know about Christ after his resurrection and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The charge to us is to get ready, be disciplined, set our hopes on Christ: to not get caught up in how we were before we found out about Christ, or all those things that took our attention or seemed important. Instead be holy in all our conduct “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (v.16).

Collect for Evening Prayer

The Church at The Abbey - Benedictine Community
Jamberoo NSW 2012 L Osburn
Holy God wonderful communicator you ensured the scriptures were brought to us so that we know Christ died and was resurrected for us – not just for a small group thousands of years ago. Broaden and deepen our understanding so that we can see how you continue to redeem, gather in, raise up and give joy. And so that we, respond to you by disciplined faith and focus on you, not on our old ideas of success or importance, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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