Tuesday, 18 August 2015

19 August 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Wednesday 19 August 2015 
Morning Prayer   

Psalms 110 and 111

The first psalm is David, who talks of his Lord being one who sits beside God, who defeats the enemies of God, whose rule extends beyond Zion and who, on coronation has priest privileges in the most ancient order of priests.

The second praises God for great deeds, honour, majesty, enduring righteousness and mercy. God has sent us redemption. Respecting God is the beginning of wisdom.

2 Samuel 22: 1 – 16

David exuberantly praises the Lord for saving him from death at the hands of his enemies. The images used are like a volcanic eruption. David is ecstatic with what he can do with God’s help. He rejoices utterly in God, the only God: our God.

Acts 19: 1 – 20

While Apollos is in Corinth Paul returns to Ephesus and finds people baptised who have not experienced the Holy Spirit. They had been baptised with the rite of John the Baptist. Paul baptises them in Jesus’ name and they receive the Holy Spirit.

He speaks for three months in the synagogue and when rejected speaks in the middle of the day in a lecture hall. There are many miracles performed.

False exorcists come and copy Paul’s work. In one case a spirit being exorcised says “Jesus I know and Paul I know but who are you?” and attacks the exorcists who flee wounded.

As the power of the Holy Spirit is known people believe, confess and repent. The word of the Lord grows and spreads.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Safely grazing
Rutherglen Vic L Osburn
 Holy and almighty God your power extends beyond the physical world, to and in the hearts and being of people bringing righteousness, mercy, justice and healing. When we feel overwhelmed today draw us to you, remind us of your power and love so that we may, with your grace and peace, continue refreshed and filled with joy through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday 19 August 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalms 112 and 113

The first psalm proclaims that the righteous and faithful, who give generously and stand firm against fear and opposition, will receive good things and good reputations.

The second psalm praises God especially for responding to those who are humble and poor and bringing them to sit with princes. There is no other god like this.

Proverbs 19: 15 – 29

This set of proverbs asks us to re-examine our priorities, to not be lazy and discusses the value of discipline.

Laziness brings lethargy which means you don’t even feed yourself when the food is there.

Keeping the commandments, being generous to the poor, loyal, revering God and understanding that though we might make plans it is God’s purpose that is established needs to be our focus.

As parents we are to discipline our children because we believe they will have a future. We need to see a positive future for them.

If a scoffer is admonished the simple will learn prudence and the intelligent will get knowledge. Listen to advice, keep learning and become wise.

People with violent tempers pay the penalty and if someone rescues them their behaviour will repeat. If you are violent to your father and push your mother away, any reproach you get is a direct consequence.

Romans 12: 1 – 8

Paul appeals to all to come to God and offer our lives and abilities to God in accordance with the faith we have now and our abilities. We are to be transformed and renewed.

Paul says we need not till wait until we have “met certain criteria” to show that we are better than we currently are, to earn this place in the world’s terms. We are to come now and use the current gifts we have and according to the current level of our faith. All of us have a place.

Collect for Evening Prayer

King parrots, crimson rosellas, and a female bower bird
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
God of inclusion and wisdom you have made a place for all of us when we love you and love each other. Give us a love of learning so that we are open to advice and guidance from the wise, know there is a future for us and for our children and be who we are, doing what we can diligently in your service through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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