Sunday, 10 May 2015

11 May 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 11 May 2015 
Morning Prayer   

Psalms 28 and 29

In the first psalm, the there is an appeal to not be like people who don’t believe and / or those who are deceitful. The psalmist changes focus and reminds us how big and powerful God is.

The next psalm picks up this theme on the almighty power of God just by whose voice water, forests, mountains and fire dance or whirl. The Lord’s power brings people confidence and peace.

Exodus 34: 27 – 35: 9

Moses on Mt Sinai receives the commandments and brings them down. His face glows with the glory of God and people are afraid to approach. Moses talks with them then veils his face. He unveils to talk with God, and to deliver the messages to the people and then veils again.

He instructs that specific offerings be brought for the ornamentation of the priest’s outfit and the tabernacle.

John 14: 8 – 17

Philip asks Jesus to show the disciples the Father. Jesus responds, if we have seen him we have seen the Father; if we have heard his words we have heard the Father’s words; if we have seen his deeds we have seen the Father’s deeds. The Father and Jesus are one.

He challenges them that even if they do not believe he and the Father are one to believe the deeds – the Father’s actions.

Jesus says those who believe will do greater things because he is going to the Father. However, if we ask in Jesus’s name he will do what we ask so that God can be glorified through him.

Jesus says that if we love Him and keep his commandments the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth will be given to us and abide in us.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Newborn calf with cow
Milawa Vic 2015 L Osburn
 Almighty and loving God you can change everything and every fibre of our being. You gave us Jesus to teach us and show us your compassion for us. Help us this and every day to keep your commandments and to ask for your help so that we may be part of bringing your confidence and peace to the world through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Monday 11 May April 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalms 30 and 32

The first psalm is of praise and thanksgiving for healing and prayers answered.

The second psalm begins telling us how happy are those whose sins are forgiven. The psalmist recounts how he was unwell and until he acknowledged his sins and confessed. Healing began. He encourages all to offer prayer when distressed and warns us not to be stubborn about it.  Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

Judges 6: 25 - 40

Gideon tears down the altar and sacred pole for Baal and on God’s instructions sacrifices a bull to God. He is afraid so he does it at night. When the people see they investigate and come for Gideon whose father Joash, defends him by saying that if Baal is a god let Baal deal with Gideon.

The Midianites and Amalekites cross the Jordan ready to invade again. Gideon sounds the horn and fighters from other tribes come to his aid. Before entering battle he asks God for a sign. He puts a fleece on the ground. If the dew is only on the fleece and not the ground he will know God is with him. This occurs. He is still unsure and asks God again this time to make the ground wet with dew and the fleece dry. This too occurs.

1 Corinthians 10: 1 - 11

Paul uses the story of the exodus to instruct. The ancient people were lead by fire and the cloud with Moses. They passed through water, and they ate holy food. Yet they still did the wrong thing and were struck down. Paul asks us to take this example. We are to shun idolatry, not to be immoral, not to put Christ to the test and not to complain.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Milawa Vic 2015
L Osburn
Holy Lord you hear our prayers and respond to humble and contrite hearts. You heal us. You support us in great challenges. Be with us now at the end of this day. Help us to humbly bring our thoughts, words and actions to you and ask for your assistance in all our challenges knowing that we are already forgiven through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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