8 September 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Tuesday 8 September 2015
Psalms 20 and 21: 1 – 7 (8 – 13)
The first psalm begins as a bidding prayer asking that God answer your prayers, protect you in times of trouble, grant you your heart’s desire and fulfil all your plans. It was originally about the king. God is the one in whom the community trusts, not men or chariots. The psalmist knows God will help.
The second psalm takes this theme of the power being with God and the king’s dependence on God in all things.
1 Kings 8: 22 – 36
This is a section of Solomon’s prayer for the dedication of the temple. He begins proclaiming how great God is and that God’s promises have been fulfilled. He questions that God can ever live on earth and asks that at least God’s awareness be on the people. He makes it clear that God’s continued care is based on the people being faithful. He asks that when people come to the temple and bring matters before God that God will listen and bring justice and peace. He asks too that God will hear the prayers of the penitent in all times droughts and defeats by enemies and teach the people to walk in the good way.
Acts 27: 1 – 12
Paul goes on a boat towards Rome. The group is headed by a Centurion and includes other prisoners. The winds are not favourable and they change ships in Lycia. They then are caught in an unfavourable harbour and even though Paul prophesies that harm would come to the people, the supplies on the boat and the boat itself, they still set sail.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|The bridge and the guidance equipment|
Gladstone Qld L Osburn
Tuesday 8 September 2015
Psalms 24 and 26
The Lord of hosts who is the King of glory, is the focus of this psalm. The world and everything in it is God’s. Those who aspire to heaven are the pure and righteous.
The second psalm is from a person who is faithful and has integrity and who has been falsely accused. The psalm asks God to look inside and to bring redemption.
Job replies with sarcasm to his friends: how wise they are. He too knows what they believe and as a believer and righteous person is now a laughing stock. People who are not suffering don’t have compassion. People who think their own hands achieve things live in contempt and ease. They feel quite secure.
Let us look at creation, all creatures and plants. They all know that everything in in God’s hands: each ear and tongue. Wisdom doesn’t only come with old age.
God has the wisdom and strength. When God does things they cannot be undone. God undoes kings and priests and kingdoms. God can make people mute and lose their capacity to discern. God can make princes and nations weak: enlarge them then lead them away. God can strip understanding from people and make them wander in a void, groping in the dark and staggering as if drunk.
1 John 4: 13 – 21
When we testify that God sent His Son Jesus to be our saviour, God is with us. We know and we believe in the love God has for us. God is love. When we abide in God we abide in love. We need not fear the final judgement. But be warned that those who say they love God and do not love their brothers and sisters are liars. For if we cannot love those who we see, how can we love someone we have not seen?
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Ruins of the Anglican Church|
Silverton NSW L Osburn
Holy and almighty God all creation is in your hands and you sent your son Jesus to be our saviour in this broken and troubled world. Open our hearts and minds to have compassion for everyone who is suffering, scattered, wandering or in a void. Remind us that our ease and comfort can be overturned too. Help us open our hearts and homes to our neighbours, confident that as we do your redemptive powers take action in us, your faithfulness takes concrete form in our actions and we become your hands bringing justice, peace and love through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.
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