1 June 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Monday 1 June 2015
This psalm is one of community lament. Enemies have come and destroyed the city, the temple and everything that gives identity to the people. An appeal is made to God using stories of creation and provision for the people. The enemy ridicules and the soul of the people is at risk of being destroyed. The psalmist asks to Lord to rise up for the people’s sake.
1 Samuel 1: 1 – 20
Hannah is one of two wives and is childless. She prays fervently – so much so that the priest, Eli thinks she is drunk. She tells him she is praying. He blesses her and also prays that the Lord gives her what she asks. She returns to her husband with joy and faith. She conceives and has a son who she names Samuel.
Acts 4: 5 – 22
Peter and John are before the High Priest Annas and Caiaphas and others. When asked by what power and by what name did they heal the man they proclaimed the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, crucified and resurrected. They quote scripture (Psalm 118:22). The priests and officials recognise that these are uneducated people who were companions of Jesus and they recognise the healed man. They consult and then order Peter and John to be silent about Jesus. Peter and John say that they cannot keep from speaking.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Albany WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy Lord you love us, and you listen to our prayers. You bless us and you have given us your Holy Spirit. Be with us today wherever our beliefs are being silenced, our identity denied or our service to you blocked. Help us to remember that you are the God of relationship and that new life is possible so that we cannot keep from speaking of you, doing your will, loving and blessing others in your name through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Monday 1 June April 2015
Psalms 75 and 76
The first psalm begins with praise and moves to God as judge, putting down the boastful wicked and lifting up the righteous.
In second psalm God is portrayed as a mighty warrior who protects the poor and oppressed against foes, even armies of nations. Kneeling in thanks and praise to God is the only role for human wrath.
Proverbs 1: 1 - 19
The proverbs are to be studied, considered and their wisdom gleaned. Respect and fear of God is the beginning of knowledge.
Young people do not be enticed into harming others for gain. You will only harm yourselves. Being greedy for gain takes away the life of the possessor.
1 Corinthians 16: 1 – 12
Paul discusses administrative matters: when he plans to visit and for how long, that Timothy will visit, and that Apollos cannot come at the moment. He reminds them to systematically put money aside for the poor believers in Jerusalem and when he comes he will give them letters so that they can send someone to Jerusalem with the gift.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Mandurah Estuary WA 2014 L Osburn
God of strength and compassion we thank you for your love, limit setting and your care. Help us see the times today when we focused on you and on providing for the needs to others so that we may be strengthened and encouraged to continue in our quiet way manifesting your love and compassion for all through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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