Sunday, 14 June 2015

15 June 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 15 June 2015 
Morning Prayer   

Psalm 104: 1 – 25

Great hymn to the creator: clouds, sea, mountains, water, grass, and creatures, wine. The list goes on.  In wisdom God has made it all.

1 Samuel 14: 52 – 15: 16

During Saul’s reign there is hard fighting against the Philistines. Samuel tells Saul that God instructs him to fight and utterly destroy the Amalekites for opposing the Israelites when they came out of Egypt. Saul forms the force and tells the Kenites to leave the city of the Amalekites. Saul destroys the Amalekites but keeps alive their king, the best of their herds and anything valuable.

God regrets making Saul king and tells Samuel. Samuel distressed, cries to God all night and seeks Saul in the morning. He discovers that Saul has built a monument to himself in Gilgal. When Saul sees Samuel he states that he has done as the Lord required. Samuel asks why is it that he can hear bleating and lowing of livestock? Saul says they are to sacrifice to the Lord. Samuel tells him to stop then says, “I will tell you what the Lord said to me last night.” Saul says, "Speak”.

Acts 9: 32 – 43

Peter travels among the believers. In Lydda he heals Aeneas who is bedridden, paralysed for eight years. In Joppa a believer Tabitha (Dorcas) who is devoted to good works and charity dies. The grieving women show him all the things Dorcas made for others. Peter prays and says to her “Tabitha, get up.” She gets up. Peter calls all the believers and the other women showing them that Tabitha is alive. He stays in Joppa with Simon the tanner.

Collect for Morning Prayer

In thanks and praise
St Mark's Sth Hurstville NSW
2014 L Osburn
Wonderful creator God you have brought the universe into being and an earth that supports us in abundance. You know that we listen to our own ideas, limiting you to our consciousness – presuming to know better. Continue your love and compassion for us today. So that we like Peter led by your Holy Spirit can bring healing and fresh, new life to your faithful people and the communities in which they live through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Monday 15 June April 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalm 104: 26 – 37

This part of the psalm reinforces that all things natural and man made rely on the mercy of God for their existence and sustenance. The glory of God endures forever. The psalmist asks that sin and wickedness be removed from the earth.

Sirach 7: 18 - 36

Do not exchange a friend for money. Don’t dismiss a wise and good wife – she is worth more than gold. Don’t abuse those who devote themselves to the tasks you set. Let your soul love intelligent workers and give them freedom in their work.

Care for what you have cattle, children, daughters and set appropriate limits.

If you love your wife keep her but, don’t trust yourself if you detest your wife.

Honour both your parents they gave you life and you can never repay them for that gift.

Fear, revere and love the Lord your God. Respect the priests.

Be compassionate – help the poor, give generously to others, mourn with those mourning, visit the sick. Remember the end of your life and you will not sin.

2 Corinthians 11: 7 - 15

That Paul has never asked for financial support from Corinth for his ministry has been used against him. He has either self-funded through work or had support from other places like Macedonia to show he is genuine, to serve Corinth and to not burden them. He will continue to do so unlike false teachers who charge for their ministry posing as apostles and leading the people astray. He says that their end will match their deeds.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Dusk at Rutherglen
Vic 2014 L Osburn
Holy Lord you love us and want us to live without sin and in peace. Help us to review our day and reflect on the times we acted ethically, respectfully, generously, with compassion and wise firm care. Strengthen us in the days ahead to add to that list so that when we come to you, we leave evidence of a life lived in reverence and love for you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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