17 July 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Friday 17 July 2015
The psalmist tells the whole congregation of how God delivered him from desolation and being stuck. He sings a new song of praise telling of God’s innumerable deeds.
God listens even when no sacrifice is offered. God wants us to fulfil the Law and do God’s will.
The psalmist asks for more aid: past sins assail him and people want to take his life, to hurt and ridicule him. He prays for those who do God’s will and repeats the request for deliverance.
2 Samuel 2: 18 – 3: 1
Joab, King David’s commander and his two brothers are at the fight with Abner and the Israelites. Abner flees and Asahel one of Joab’s brothers pursues. Abner recognises him and tells him to turn aside since he does not want to kill him. Asahel approaches and Abner kills him with the butt end of a spear. When the others following come across Asahel’s body they stand stunned.
The pursuit continues to a hill where Abner’s people form a group around him. He calls to Joab asking will the sword keep devouring? The end can only be bitter. Will kinsmen kill kinsmen? Joab responds saying that if Abner had not said something the battle would have continued. Joab sounds the trumpet stopping the battle and the pursuit. Abner and his men retreat, Joab returns home, counts his men and buries his brother.
John 6: 16 – 34
Jesus is still up the mountain and the day ends. The disciples get in a boat and go across the lake to Capernaum. They row out for 3 – 4 miles, the weather becomes rough and they see Jesus walking on the water. He identifies himself and they are about to take him on board when they find they are already at the shore.
The crowd that remained behind knew there had only been one boat and that the disciples had gone. When boats come near from another town people board to follow the disciples. They find Jesus.
They ask Jesus how he managed to get across the lake and for signs. Jesus challenges them that they just want more material things and should seek the food that lasts. They are to believe in him who God has sent. Again they ask for a sign, a miracle. Jesus says that Moses did not feed the people in the wilderness, God did. All the signs are God’s actions. God sends the true bread into the world.
Collect for Morning Prayer
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SA 2014 L Osburn
Friday 17 July 2015
Psalms 42 and 43
The psalmist longs for God. In deep distress his soul thirsts for God. He recalls the times in the past he has been part of the celebrations. He is in the depths of despair, oppressed by an enemy. The psalmist tells his soul to hope in God for a time of praise will come – God is our help.
Again ungodly people oppress the psalmist. God’s light and truth are requested. They will lead us back to worship, to joy and praise. The psalmist tells his soul to hope in God. A time of praise will come – God is our help.
Song of the Three Young Men 23 – 51 in Prayer of Azariah
This is a song praising all the characteristics of God: where God is, what God has done, with the reprise “sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever”. The three young men call upon all parts of all the parts of earth, mountains, streams, animals and bird to and exalt God.
Romans 1: 1 – 15
Paul introduces himself and his message and greets the Romans. Paul acknowledges the Romans’ faith. He hopes to come to see them both to encourage them and be encouraged by them. He explains that he has learned from people of other nations – Greeks and barbarians – thus showing that he will listen to them genuinely.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Harrietville Vic 2015 L Osburn
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