Wednesday, 26 August 2015

27 August 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Thursday 27 August 2015 
Morning Prayer   

Psalm 140

This psalm is an appeal to be delivered from personal enemies – from violent people and those who stir things up, those who speak ill, are arrogant and make evil plots. The psalmist is confident in God’s care.

1 Kings 1: 32 – 53

King David instructs the Priests Zadok and Benaiah and the prophet Nathan to take Solomon on David’s own mule to Gihon and anoint him King, blow the trumpet at announce, “Long live King Solomon!” They respond with Amen and pray that Solomon’s rule is even greater than David’s.

They anoint Solomon. The rejoicing is so great in the city it is like an earthquake. Adonijah and his guests hear the noise as they finish feasting. Joab hears the trumpet and inquires, “Why is the city in an uproar?” Jonathan, the son of the priest Abiathar arrives and tells them that Solomon is King and that the priests welcome this.

Adonijah’s guests leave trembling. He himself gets up on the altar and holds on, afraid he may be harmed. Solomon is told that Adonijah needs an assurance that he will not be killed. Solomon replies that if Adonijah is worthy he will be safe but if he is wicked he will die.  Solomon has Adonijah brought down from the altar. Adonijah does obeisance to King Solomon who then says to him, “Go home.”

Acts 21: 40 – 22: 16

Paul, under arrest in Jerusalem is permitted to speak to the crowd, which he does in Hebrew. The crowd listens and he tells his story, admitting to persecuting the Christians. He proclaims that all need to be baptised in Jesus.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Look inside: "Listen with the ear of your heart"
The Yurt at The Abbey Jamberoo NSW
Benedictine Community L Osburn
Wonderful, caring God, help us today as we are confronted by challenging behaviours, ideas and attitudes, transitions and misinformation. Remind us that the actions, language use, demeanour and social connections people have are just ways of communicating. Help us listen. Help us set reasonable limits and boundaries. Help us make clear decisions and help us remember that we are baptised in Jesus so that we take this opportunity of a platform to show how much you love and care for us all through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Thursday 27 August 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalms 141 and 142

Both psalms are pleas to be delivered from personal enemies. The first includes a willingness to be justly corrected by the righteous. The psalmist asks to be assisted to not engage in retaliation of the evil so that the enemies realise the psalmist is not only correct but also gentle.

In the second psalm things are not going well for the psalmist and the pleas for deliverance demonstrate faithfulness.

Job 4

Eliphaz, Job’s friend begins gently saying how Job has supported others in strife in the past. He can use that knowledge and skill for himself. He points out that good people and evil people die but in the long run the evil ones are overcome.

He moves on to argue whether humans can ever be righteous given that we are made from the earth and even angels err*. He says we can never be fully wise.

Romans 15: 22 – 33

Paul tells the Romans that he is on his way to Jerusalem to share the resources of the new believers in other countries with the poor Christians in Jerusalem. He asks for their prayers to be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea and to be able to come to Rome. Paul blesses them.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Reflections on Blackwood River
Sue's Bridge WA L Osburn
Holy and wonderful God, your care delights us. Show us in our reflections today where our thoughts words and deeds delighted you, those times when we overcame ourselves and did what was right in your eyes, so that we, seeing that we are capable of sharing your generosity and kindness can be encouraged to step out again in faith in the days to come through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

*This is Eliphaz’s first argument it might not be correct, as we will find later on in the story of Job. Consider Abraham.

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