Monday, 19 October 2015

20 October 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 20 October 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 Kings 6: 8 – 23

The King of Aram at war with Israel decides where to attack. Elisha however warns the King of Israel. The King of Aram seeks out the leak and is told Elisha the prophet is the source. Elisha is in Dothan. They send and army and surround the city. Elisha’s attendant sees the city surrounded in the morning. Elisha tells him not to worry and that there are more warriors with Elisha than with this army. Elisha prays that the attendant’s eyes be opened. The attendant perceives that the mountain is full of horses and chariots of fire.

As the Arameans begin the assault Elisha prays that they be struck with blindness. Elisha tells them this is not the way, this is not the city they seek and leads the army to another place in Samaria. When they arrive Elisha prays that their eyes be opened. The King of Israel asks should he kill them. Elisha responds, no feed them and send them back to their master. They do so, go home and the war ceases.

Matthew 15: 21 – 39

Jesus encounters a Canaanite woman, not Jewish, who calls to him to heal her daughter tormented by a demon. Initially Jesus ignores her. Then explains he was sent to the Jewish people – he is for them – it would be like giving their food to dogs. She counters by saying that even dogs are permitted to eat scraps. Jesus recognises her faith, heals the daughter and understands that his mission is not to the Jews but to the entire world.

Great crowds follow him. He heals the sick, lame and frail. He has compassion for them seeing they have been with him three days with no food. The disciples have 7 loaves and some fish. Jesus blesses and breaks the food that is distributed to 4000 people and the uncounted women and children. Seven baskets of food remained – more than enough scraps.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Broken Hill L Osburn
 Holy God we thank you for these scriptures today that remind us of your power and authority over all creation, spirit, information and hearts. Open our eyes like Elisha’s attendant to see the great support you bring to us. Open our hearts in compassion as you did with Jesus to serve and heal and feed all people knowing that we do so out of your immense grace and provision through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday 20 October 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.

Job 38: 39 – 39: 12

God’s response to Job continues asking can Job know about all the wild animals and their needs: their dwelling places? Can he tame wild oxen so that they will work to make furrows and harrows and thresh?

1 Peter 3: 8 – 16

Peter asks us to have “a unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart and a humble mind” (v.8). We are to repay evil and abuse with a blessing: speak no evil or deceit. Instead do good things and pursue peace. We are unlikely to be harmed for good conduct and even if we are, we are blessed. We are not to allow ourselves to be intimidated and we are to have no fear. We are to always be ready to make our defence of what we believe and to do it gently and with reverence.

Collect for Evening Prayer

End of the day
Blackwood River WA L Osburn
Holy and merciful God we give you thanks and praise for your healing love. You heal our bodies our minds and our souls. Keep us in this knowledge so that we may rest, bless you, bless our lives and challenges, and come into your awesome, powerful and loving presence through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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