Saturday, 19 September 2015

20 September 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Sunday 20 September 2015 
Morning Prayer   

Psalm 98

The psalm is a summons to all nations and people to praise the Lord and rejoice in this name. God’s is the victory, God’s is the strength and we are God’s people. God comes to judge the earth with righteousness and equity.

Acts 18: 1 – 4, 24 – 28

Paul travels to Corinth where he finds Aquila and Priscilla who are Jews from Rome. Claudius Caesar has expelled all Jews from Rome. Paul works with Aquila making tents and preaches at the synagogue.

Meanwhile Apollos from Alexandria arrives in Ephesus. He knows scripture, speaks well, is enthusiastic but has limited knowledge of Christ. Aquila and Priscilla speak with him to fill out his knowledge so that he can better present the Way of God. Apollos is encouraged in his ministry to go to Achaia. While he is there he helps the believers since he is able to powerfully refute the Jews in public and show that the Messiah is Jesus.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Swan with ducks
Mandurah WA L Osburn
 All praise and glory to you our Lord. You are our strength and we are your people. Give us grace and love to encourage and support young and enthusiastic ministers of your word so that we are guide-rails and guards for them as they grow to be powerful witnesses to you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Sunday 20 September 2015
Evening Prayer

Esther 3: 8 – 11, 15 – 4: 5, 12 - 14

Haman goes to King Ahasuerus and tells him that there is a group of people who are scattered in the kingdom who have their own laws and do not follow the laws of the land. He asks the king to decree the destruction of these people and offers the king a huge amount of money – a bribe. The king gives permission. The decree is ordered. The King and Haman rest while the city is thrown into turmoil.

Mordechai tears his clothes and sits in sackcloth and ashes at the gate. Esther hears and offers new clothes for him. He does not accept them.

Mordechai gets a message to Esther to say she is not to think she is safe in the palace. If she does nothing she is to know that relief and deliverance will come from somewhere else and then she and the future of her father’s line will vanish. Perhaps, he says, she is in the position she is so that she can be part of the deliverance.

Psalm 54

The psalm is a plea to be saved from enemies, a statement of faith and a promise to give a free will offering to God once the psalmist is triumphant.

Mark 9: 14 – 29

After the transfiguration, Jesus, Peter, James and John come to the larger group and find an argument between scribes and the disciples. The crowd rushes to Jesus. Jesus asks about the argument. Immediately a man, with a child who has seizures and falls with foam coming from his mouth, tells Jesus that the disciples were not able to heal his child. As soon as the child comes close he fits again. Jesus asks how long has the condition lasted? The man replies and asks Jesus, if he is able, to heal the boy. Jesus replies that all things are possible for those who believe. The man says he believes and asks for help for his unbelief. The boy is healed and Jesus says it is prayer that has the power to heal this condition – not the skills of the healer.

As the group moves on again Jesus says the Son of Man will be betrayed, killed and rise again.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Magnolias and camellias
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
God of saving grace, you know the dangers of this world and you have compassion and love for us. Help us to discern those things, which the power of prayer can heal, and to pray. Help us also to identify the matters where our personal decision and action based on who we are and the positions we hold will rectify and to act decisively so that we are part of your plan of deliverance through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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