14 June 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 14 June 2015
God’s greatness is praised – more powerful than floods, more powerful than the seas. God’s commandments are sure and God lives in holiness.
1 Peter 1: 17 – 2: 2
Peter says we have been ransomed from the futile ways we learned from our ancestors. The ransom was not gold but the blood of Christ, his death and resurrection so that our faith and hope is now set on God. As we have purified our souls by obedience to the truth and by love of our neighbours we have been born anew.
All flesh is like grass – it withers. God’s word endures and that word is the good news. Therefore we are to rid ourselves of any insincerity, envy or malice and seek spiritual food from God so that we grow into salvation.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Holy and wonderful God we thank you and praise you for your love, that you love us so much your ransomed us and gave us new life, new hope and new faith. Keep our hearts open and seeking you so that we may be fed by your grace and grow into the people you need to bring your light, word and love into our world through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sunday 14 June 2015
Samuel 16: 14 – 23
Saul experiences the departure of God’s spirit and is troubled. His advisers suggest that music will help him feel better. David the son of Jesse is a lyre – player. He name is brought forward. Word is sent to Jesse who releases David into the service of the King. David becomes Saul’s armour bearer. When David plays the lyre, Saul feels better.
Psalm 92: 1 – 4, 12 – 15
God’s faithfulness and steadfast love is praised. The righteous people prosper. In old age they bear fruit and are lively. The Lord is our rock. There is no unrighteousness in him.
Mark 4: 13 – 23
Jesus explains the parable of the sower and the seed to the disciples. The sower sows seeds that are the word of God. Seed that falls on the path and is taken by birds is like Satan snatching the words immediately. The seed in rocky ground is the word received with joy but with little capacity to root, when trouble or persecution comes the plant fails. The seed sown among the thorns are those who hear the word but the demands of life, cares, legitimate concerns, lure of wealth and desire for other things come in and choke the word and it yields nothing. The seed sown on good soil are those who hear, accept, commit and will bear fruit, 30, 60 or 100 times as much as the start.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Mulwala NSW 2015 L Osburn
Lord of compassion and grace you are a seedling expert. You know how to provide the right people, soothing experiences and transplantation out of misery so that we, no matter our background or circumstance can come to know and love you. Fill us with gratitude and praise today so that we, meeting others will do what we can to nurture them and bring them you your eternal loving kindness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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