Thursday, 16 July 2015

17 July 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 17 July 2015 
Morning Prayer   

Psalm 40

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

Great Australian Bight
SA 2014 L Osburn
Grace flows from you our God. You love us deeply and we are your treasured children. Help us to seek the things that last: to avoid wars between nations and feuds within families. May your word and spirit live in us and sustain us so that we too are bearers of your grace to your glory and praise through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Friday 17 July 2015
Evening Prayer

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

Eastern Rosellas
Harrietville Vic 2015 L Osburn
Our God: our strength, our refuge and our solace, accept our shouts of joy, songs of praise and tears of gratitude. We thank you for your Son Jesus Christ through whom we have received your grace and our apostleship. May we continue to praise you and exalt you forever through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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