27 June 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Saturday 27 June 2015
This psalm is an appeal to be delivered from personal enemies – from violent people and those who stir things up, those who speak ill, are arrogant and make evil plots. The psalmist is confident in God’s care.
1 Samuel 20: 35 – 21: 7
Jonathon goes to the field and shoots arrows. He gets his boy to retrieve them then makes sure he shoots arrows beyond the boy and says the code phrase that lets David know his life is indeed at risk from King Saul. Jonathon sends the boy back to the city. In secret David and Jonathon greet. David prostrates himself. They embrace and both weep. Jonathon vows that the Lord will be with them both and their families forever. David flees unarmed to Nob.
In Nob, David goes to the priest and asks for food. The priest is fearful and asks David his purpose. David says he is on a secret mission. He pretends he has young men with him and when questioned says none of them are unclean. There is only holy bread available so unless everyone is ritually clean they cannot eat it. However, all this is seen by Saul’s chief shepherd who is there performing a religious ceremony.
Acts 13: 42 – 52
Paul and Barnabas leave the synagogue and as they go the people ask them to come again next Sabbath and preach. They do. Crowds gather and jealousy overtakes some of the Jews who dispute in an extreme way. Paul responds saying that it was only right they preach to the Jews first and if they reject their testimony they will go to the Gentiles to whom they are also sent. The Gentiles rejoice. Key Jewish community leaders are incited to persecute Paul and Barnabas and drive them from the city. Paul and Barnabas leave and go to Iconium filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Tree top walkway|
Walpole WA 2014
Saturday 27 June April 2015
Psalms 141 and 142
Both psalms are pleas to be delivered from personal enemies. The first includes a willingness to be justly corrected by the righteous. The psalmist asks to be assisted to not engage in retaliation of the evil so that the enemies realise the psalmist is not only correct but also gentle.
In the second psalm things are not going well for the psalmist and the pleas for deliverance demonstrate faithfulness.
Sirach 27: 25 – 28: 9
What you do, does come back to you with negative consequences like throwing a large stone in the air it will hit you on the head and cause dire injury.
Digging pit traps for others, doing evil, mocking, abusing, rejoicing in a good person’s downfall being angry and full of wrath will all be met with the same coming back. God remembers vengeance to others.
Forgive your neighbour, have mercy on people like yourself. Don’t harbour wrath – if we do it so can God. Remember the end of your life and set enmity aside. Remember the commandments and don’t be angry with each other. Overlook faults. Refrain from strife for the sinner sows discord and disrupts friendships.
If you are rich and have defrauded people of their fair wages or rewards, be assured that God knows. It is as bad as being part of the crowd who had Jesus killed. For the rest, be patient – like a farmer that waits for the crop to grow – do not grumble about each other, have instead the endurance of Job. Be honourable and reliable: let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No” be “No”. If you are suffering, pray. If you are cheerful sing songs of praise. If you are ill, call for the elders and be anointed. Confess your sins to each other, pray for one another and be healed because the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.
Finally if any of you wanders from the truth and is brought back, then that friend has saved their soul from death.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|We take care for birds crossing in the bush|
SW WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy Lord I give you thanks for this day and all its blessings. May my life always be directed to your praise and service. Help me reflect on today and identify where you moved me with love, compassion, cheerfulness, patience and forgiveness. Bring those moments to my heart so that I may give you praise and ask for your guidance in the days to come to seek and use more of the opportunities you place before me to do your will trusting in your love and care through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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