Wednesday, 19 August 2015

20 August 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Thursday 20 August 2015 
Morning Prayer   

Psalms 114 and 115

First, the psalmist recalls the exodus and crossing of the sea and the Jordan: that the natural world moved and changed to suit God’s purpose.

The second psalm starts praising God for faithful and constant expression of love. The psalmist ridicules the idol-makers who like their idols may have the physical senses (eyes, ears, noses…) but make no use of them. God is contrasted as a sensing and active presence worthy to be trusted. The psalmist blesses the hearer of the psalm.

2 Samuel 22: 17 – 31

David continues his great psalm of praise for deliverance from enemies and in accordance with David’s righteousness and faithfulness as the warrior king he had to be.

“This God – God’s way is perfect; the promise of the Lord proves true” (v.31).

Acts 19: 21 – 41

Paul is planning to continue his journey through Macedonia, to Jerusalem and back to Rome. He sends people on ahead.

Meanwhile in Ephesus, Demetirus who is a silversmith stirs up the artisans and the people saying that if Christianity takes hold their business, based around making figurines of Artemis, will be ruined; the temple to Artemis ignored. A confused and angry crowd forms. Paul is prevented from attending. A Jew, Alexander addresses them and is shouted down. Finally the town clerk addresses the crowd. He reminds them that everyone knows Ephesus is dedicated to Artemis. This cannot be denied. None of the accused people stole or harmed the temple. If there is a business issue take it to the proper courts and stop the demonstration everyone is at risk of being charged with rioting. The crowd disperses.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Looking back: looking forward
Eurobin Vic L Osburn
 Wonderful God our Lord and saviour, when we look back in time we can see your hand. You are in charge and you are a sensing and active presence achieving your purpose in our lives and in this world. Keep us mindful today that we do not have to rush in to fix things nor do we need to set up any idols, physical or imagined to help us so that our lives show our faithfulness through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Thursday 20 August 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalms 116 and 117

The first psalm gives thanks to God for healing. Even when he is profoundly depressed the psalmist trusts in God. The second psalm is a global call to praise God.

Proverbs 20: 1 – 17

This set of sayings seems to relate to managing a business or farm.

Wine causes people to be mocked or to brawl. Keep away from strife and quarrels – every fool wants to quarrel.

Laziness means the harvest cannot come in time.

Take time to find the real purpose behind what others do or want and to find people to trust. People use their own weights and measures to judge their behaviour not God’s. Their actions are what tell you whether they are righteous. Listen and look.

The buyer is the one who has the power and even when they look and don’t buy they gain because they go and boast.

The opinion of people who really know is precious.

If someone goes guarantor for a stranger, don’t hesitate to take the payment.

Don’t be deceitful. It might seem great initially but later it’s like eating gravel.

Romans 12: 9 – 21

Paul specifies how we are to behave so that we overcome evil with good. The list is long and detailed. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (v.18). And, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty give them something to drink” (v.20).

Collect for Evening Prayer

Stag with a hat
Eurobin Vic L Osburn
Holy Lord, you care for us always and are trustworthy even in our darkest moments. Help as we reflect on our day. Show us the times were we made the right choices and acted well or were rightly still and quiet living peaceably so that tomorrow we can step out again with energy, conviction and your guiding grace to again overcome evil with good through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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