17 June 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Wednesday 17 June 2015
Psalm 106: 1 – 24
The psalmist begins praising God and marvelling at God’s faithful love and great deeds. He then charges that we, like the people of the past – from the Exodus to the time of Aaron – go astray.
1 Samuel 16
God asks Samuel how long will he grieve over Saul and sends him to anoint one of the sons of Jesse the Bethlehemite. Samuel takes a heifer with him to make a sacrifice. He tells the people he comes in peace. He invites Jesse and his sons to the sacrifice. Jesse’s sons are brought into his presence. None are one God chose. Samuel asks, “Are all your sons here?” Jesse says there is the youngest, currently herding sheep. Jesse says no one will sit to eat following the sacrifice without this son.
David arrives. Samuel anoints him and the spirit of the Lord comes David. Samuel returns to Ramah.
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. His 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.
Acts 10: 17 – 33
Peter in Joppa is puzzled by his vision of the sheet and all the creatures. Suddenly Cornelius’s men appear at the gate asking for him. The Spirit tells Peter to go to the men and go with them without hesitation. He greets them, hears the story of Cornelius’s vision, invites them in and gives them lodging then leaves with them the next morning with some of the believers.
At Caesarea, Cornelius has gathered his close friends and family. Cornelius worships Peter who stops him. “Stand up. I am only mortal.” Peter tells them that though the law says he should not associate with people from other nations God has told him not to call anyone profane or unclean. Cornelius tells Peter about the vision, how he came to send for him and that they are now gathered in the presence of God to hear what God will have Peter say.
Collect for Morning Prayer
SW WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and great Lord, when we are open to you we are directed to new people, new opportunities and new futures by your grace. Be with us today when we meet and interact with new people. Help us to be open, welcoming, and to listen to them so that we respond to your call and the plan for your kingdom through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.
Wednesday 17 June April 2015
Psalm 106: 25 – 50
The ancient people keep shifting allegiance and worshipping other gods. They even conduct live sacrifice of their children. Yet God delivers them, shows compassion. The psalmist asks for God to gather us in to give thanks, glory and praise to God.
Sirach 11: 15 – 28
Wisdom, knowledge, understanding the law, good deeds and love all come from God. Those who enjoy evil will have it with them to their old age.
The Lord’s favour brings lasting success. Keep working. You don’t know how much time you will have. When hardship comes prosperity is not remembered and when prosperity comes hardship is not remembered.
People are known by the way they end.
2 Corinthians 11: 30 – 12: 5
Paul continues his discussion about how his weakness makes him strong. He escaped Damascus by being lowered out a window in a basket. He cannot boast of mystical experiences though he knows others who have had them.
Paul will only boast in his weakness.
Collect for Evening Prayer
2014 L Osburn
Merciful God, full of grace you know all we are and love us how we are. Hold us as we reflect on our day and look at all the times we were weak but strong in you. Help us identify the times we used the wisdom, knowledge, understanding and love you have given us so that we, seeing your grace operating in our lives, may be encouraged and emboldened to continue to be perfectly ourselves in your service through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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