8 June 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Monday 8 June 2015
Psalm 89: 1 – 18
This section of the psalm praises God for faithfulness and steadfastness in all generations, for the creation of the earth and the victory over chaos. Happy are the people who sing praises and walk in God’s pathway.
1 Samuel 11
Saul has been anointed by Samuel and has returned home.
Nahash the Ammonite threatens an area – Jabesh-gilead. He will not accept a treaty saying the only treaty will include taking out the right eye of every man. The people ask for 7 days. They send throughout Israel. Saul is ploughing when he hears the news. In anger he cuts up his oxen and sends their pieces to all parts of the country saying that if people do not come to defend – to fight with Saul and Samuel – their oxen too will be so sacrificed. The people come.
Saul tells the people of Jabesh-gilead they will be delivered. So the people tell the Ammonites they will give themselves up the next day. Saul’s army arrives in the night, attacks at the morning watch and fights until noon.
The people asked Samuel to tell them who doubted Saul’s kingship to punish them. Saul says no one is to be punished since God won the victory. Samuel says, let us go to Gilgal and officially make Saul the king before God.
Acts 8: 4 – 13
After the death of Stephen a great persecution of believers begins and they scatter.
Phillip (one of the first deacons) goes to Samaria, telling the good news and healing people. Simon, a magician in that place, has a large following but they believe Phillip and are baptised. Simon believes too, is baptised and stays with Phillip seeing the signs and miracles that take place.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Eucla WA 2014 L Osburn
Monday 8 June April 2015
Psalm 89: 19 – 38
This section of the psalm states the unalterable covenant with David and his line forever even if the children violate God’s laws, the relationship with David will continue.
Sirach 1: 1 – 20
All wisdom is from God and remains with God forever. Wisdom has been poured out on every part of creation and is lavished on those who love God.
Fearing God brings joy, gladness, and exultation, delights the heart, long life, a happy end and blessings. Fearing God is the beginning, expression, fullness and root of wisdom.
2 Corinthians 7: 2 – 16
Paul asks the Corinthians to have space in their hearts for him since he has wronged no one. He reinforces that they are in his heart and united with him. His time in Macedonia has been difficult and comforted by the arrival of Titus and his news that the Corinthians want to set things straight and be seen as united with Paul. Paul rejoices not because they felt grief but that they earnestly repented and want to confirm they are being faithful. As a result they have proved themselves guiltless.
Paul says he boasted to Titus about the Corinthians and Titus’s visit confirms the boasting to be true. Titus’s heart goes out to the Corinthians since they welcomed him in fear and showed their faith and obedience. Paul has total confidence in them.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Signs of where we have been|
Eucla WA 2014 L Osburn
Holy generous and loving God you ask us to follow your commandments. Help us to review our day. Guide us to pay earnest attention to what we have done, repent and rectify our behaviours, thoughts and words – even those things that initially escaped our awareness – so that your wisdom grows in us and we confirm our faithfulness and obedience to you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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