Saturday, 6 June 2015

7 June 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Sunday 7 June 2015
Morning Prayer

Psalm 132

The psalm is a reminder to God that David promised to bring the Ark of the Covenant to a permanent dwelling in Jerusalem. God indicates that if David’s offspring keep the commandments then the dynasty will last and all the people will be cared for.

1 Peter 1: 10 – 16

The ancient prophets talked about the presence and suffering of Christ. They did not do it to help themselves but for us, the people who come to know about Christ after his resurrection and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The charge to us is to get ready, be disciplined, set our hopes on Christ: to not get caught up in how we were before we found out about Christ, or all those things that took our attention or seemed important. Instead be holy in all our conduct “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (v.16).

Collect for Morning Prayer

Bright morning
Di's Garden Mandurah WA 2014
L Osburn

Holy might ancient and forever God who loves us. Help us prepare our hearts to be your dwelling place, to slough off all that is past so that we may live, work, act and love all our days with and in you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday 7 June 2015
Evening Prayer

1 Samuel 12: 1 – 15 and 19 – 25

Samuel is old and asks the community to judge him – whether at any time he has acted corruptly or taken something that was not his. They acknowledge his ethics. He reminds them of God’s saving of the people through the years and through the time of the judges. He reminds them that they demanded a king instead of keeping God as their only king.

The people repent requesting a king and ask Samuel to pray to God so that they may be delivered. Samuel says he will always pray for the people. They are to fear the Lord, serve God faithfully and remember all the great things God has done.

Psalm 130

This is a lament and recognition of God’s forgiveness and steadfast love.

Mark 4: 1 – 12

Jesus again preaches from a boat since the crowds are too great. He tells the parable of the sower and the seed. He will explain the parable later to the disciples. But for those outside the kingdom everything will be parables that they cannot understand and therefore will not be able to turn from their ways and be forgiven.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Fragrant beauty
Di's Garden Mandurah WA 2014
L Osburn

Holy Lord you hear our simple and heartfelt prayers. Help us revere you, serve you faithfully and listen to you with the open ears of our hearts so that we are part of your everlasting kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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