Saturday, 15 August 2015

16 August 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Sunday 16 August 2015 
Morning Prayer   

Psalm 149

This psalm calls on the faithful to praise and glorify God.  It calls for dance and celebration of victory. It calls the priests to have 2-edged swords to get rid of those powers and rulers that distract people from God. Praise the Lord.

Mark 11: 1 – 11

Jesus begins the entry to Jerusalem. He instructs the disciples to find the colt. Jesus sits on the colt and rides into Jerusalem. People spread their cloaks or palm branches on the road before him shouting, “Hosanna” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”. Jesus goes directly to the temple then stays the night in Bethany.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Mandurah Estuary WA L Osburn
Lord of dancing, singing and celebration, today you raise us up to celebrate your greatness and the coming of Jesus our saviour. May our hearts and minds and souls forever be focused on you and within a breath, be able to praise you throughout our lives for your glory and to build your kingdom through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Sunday 16 August 2015
Evening Prayer

1 Kings 3: 15 – 28

Solomon wakes from a dream where he asked for wisdom and realises that he has been asleep. He goes to the temple, makes offerings and sacrifices and provides a feast for the people. Then two women come to him. They live in the same house. Both have given birth. One of the babies dies in the night. One woman accuses the other of swapping the dead baby. They want Solomon to decide who is the mother. He asks for a sword to cut the remaining live baby in two so they may share. One woman immediately relinquishes her claim so that the child may live. The second agrees to the division of the child. Solomon gives the child to the woman who was prepared to relinquish her claim for the child’s sake.

The people hearing the judgement perceive Solomon is wise.

Psalm 34: 9– 18

This is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise and one that teaches people to love and fear the Lord, to avoid evil and to seek peace. The Lord hears and rescues the righteous, is near the broken-hearted and saves the crushed spirit.

Ephesians 6: 1 – 9

Paul counsels the Christians to honour each other, our parents, our children, our masters if we are slaves and our slaves if we are masters. We are to remember to work diligently and enthusiastically, as if we are actually working for God. We are to acknowledge that there is one Lord of us all and we are all equal before God.

Collect for Evening Prayer

In the garden
Harrietville Vic  L Osburn
Loving God, all humans are precious to you. Give us the patience, wisdom and understanding to treat everyone with respect and honour and never as an object or commodity so that we may truly take possession of the great gift you have given us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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