21 May 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Thurdsay 21 May 2015
Almighty God who rules over the entire planet rebukes the people and explains that God does not need sacrifices of animals. God already owns all the creatures and plants of the earth. God instead requires thanksgiving and praise.
For those who do evil, slander others and hate discipline they have no right to recite the commandments.
“Mark this, then you who forget God” (v.23). Those who bring thanksgiving honour God and those who go the right way, God will save.
Deuteronomy 4: 9 – 24
Moses charges the people to remember what they saw on Mt Horeb that they heard God, they saw no form, and they received the commandments. They are to tell their children and their children’s children.
Moses iterates that he will not be crossing the Jordan with them because of their sins. He reinforces that they are never to make a form or image of a living creature or celestial body and worship it. They are not to make idols. For there is only one God and God cannot share – there is only God.
John 17: 20 – 26
Jesus prays for all those who will be brought to faith by the disciples – the church universal. He asks that they have God and Jesus in them just as Jesus and God are one so that the world may believe.
Jesus has given to us the glory he received from God so that we all may be one and that we know God loves us just as God loves Jesus. Jesus also prays that we may be with him in glory.
Jesus has started the world knowing God by showing the disciples and making God known so that God’s love, in Jesus may be in them.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Silver City Highway|
Near broken Hill NSW 2015
Thursday 21May April 2015
Psalm 119: 41 – 64
The earth is full of God’s steadfast love and the psalmist wants to be taught and affirmed and encouraged in understanding and living by God’ statutes. Through this the psalmist will have the words to say to those who taunt and the confidence to give testimony to kings. The psalmist identifies all the ways the commandments and statutes of the Lord enrich life.
Judges 13: 19 – 14: 9
Manoah and his wife make the burnt offering and see the angel ascend in the smoke. They realise they have seen God. Manoah fears they will die. His wife allays the fears by reminding Manoah of the message and the acceptance of the offering.
Samson is born, grows and decides to marry a Philistine woman against advice. The story tells how he kills a young lion on his way to see her and on his return the carcass had a hive full of honey, which he took.
The story thus indicates God can turn bad things to blessings.
1 Corinthians 13
Paul continues about the gifts of the spirit and puts love, the love and concern for others as the greatest gift of the spirit. We can identify it. There are behavioural indicators: patience, kindness, lacking envy, not boasting, never arrogant or rude, not insisting on one’s own way, not irritable or resentful, not celebrating wrongdoing but celebrating truth. Love endures. Whereas other spiritual gifts can come and go, most of them will only be fully experienced when we are face-to-face with God. Meanwhile, the three top gifts are faith, hope and love. Of these, love is the principal gift of the spirit.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|A working tug|
Gladstone Qld 2015 L Osburn
Holy and gracious God, the universe is full of your love so much so that even dreadful circumstances can lead to outpourings of love and grace. Guide us to live by your commandments and help us to reflect every day on the way we behave so that we are seen to be loving, grow our faith in confidence and have lives that give testimony to you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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