21 June 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 21 June 2015
Psalm 9: 1 – 10
Praise to God for all his protection, freedom from oppression and care for those who seek and trust in him.
1 Peter 2: 9 – 17
Even though we come from many nations, through God’s grace we have been shown God’s mercy and chosen to be Christians – a royal priesthood.
Peter urges the Christians to abstain from the things that wage war against the soul and conduct themselves honourably so that even if they are maligned their actions will be above reproach when God does the judging. Peter says that we are to accept the rule in the countries we are in and as servants of God live as free people but don’t use that as a pretext for evil. Honour everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honour the ruler.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Denmark WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy and everlasting Lord you have made us your people, consecrated to you. Help us to tell others of your love, care, freedom and protection. By our deeds, our actions our prayers and sometimes by our words, help us spread the good news of your mercy with all your creation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sunday 21 June 2015
1 Samuel 17: 57 – 18: 5 and 10 – 16
When David brings Goliath’s head to Saul, the king checks his identity – David is the son of Jesse.
Jonathon, King Saul’s son and David become best friends. Jonathon gives him his own clothes, armour, sword, bow and belt. Saul makes David the commander of the army.
Some time later, Saul is so disturbed even though David is playing the lyre for him Saul deliberately throws his spear at David to pin him to the wall. David eludes King Saul’s attacks.
Saul is afraid of David so sends him out again to fight the Philistines. David has success and the people of Israel and Judah love him. Saul is in awe of David.
The third psalm rejoices in family peace and harmony.
Mark 5: 1 – 20
Jesus and the disciples come to the territory of the Gerasenes. A man who lives among the tombs, howls and self harms runs towards Jesus and bows down. Jesus tells the unclean spirit to come out. The man yells his recognition of Jesus as the Son of God. Jesus asks the spirit it’s name and it answers “Legion” for there are many unclean spirits in the man. The spirits beg not to be tormented, not to be sent out of this part of the country and to go into the swine. Jesus does that. The swine run into the sea and drown. The swineherds, who are afraid, report what they see. The people ask Jesus to leave especially when they see the demoniac sitting there calm and rational.
The healed man begs to stay with Jesus. Jesus sends the man back to his friends and to tell them how much God has done for him. The man does this. He preaches throughout the group of ten cities in eastern Palestine called the Decapolis.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Gladstone Qld 2015 L Osburn
God of healing and liberty, only you can free us when circumstances are far beyond our control and when our families and communities are disturbed. Give us grace to bring our disturbances and ourselves to you and to value people more than wealth or fame so that we may rejoice and give thanks for your healing grace and the integrity, harmony and peace you bring through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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