Thursday, 29 October 2015

30 October 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 30 October 2015 
Morning Prayer

Psalms 148 and 149

These two psalms call on every part of creation to praise and glorify God.  Parts call for dance and celebration of victory. It calls the priests to have 2-edged swords to get rid of those powers and rulers that distract people from God.

2 Kings 11: 1 – 16

In Judah, when new comes that King Ahaziah is dead his mother, Athaliah (a descendant of Ahab and worshipper of Baal) takes over and kills all the royal family. But Ahaziah’s half-sister successfully hides one child, Joash in the House of the Lord. In the seventh year the priest Jehoiada calls the captains of the guards and some mercenaries, makes a covenant with them, shows them the king and sets up a strategy with them. It involves having the guards who come off duty supporting those coming on duty to protect the House of the Lord. The guards are given King David’s shields and spears. The house and the altar are surrounded and protected. He brings out Joash and crowns him.

Athaliah hears the cheering and clapping. She arrives, sees the king, cries out, “Treason!” and tears her clothes. Jehoiada instructs she is to be taken out through the ranks and anyone who follows her is to be killed. She is taken to the king’s house and there she is killed.

Matthew 20: 1 – 16

Jesus tells a parable of the Kingdom. It is an owner of a vineyard who hires workers for a day’s pay. Later he hires more, and again later. Each are paid the same even those who come late and did not labour as long for the owner. This parable is not about industrial relations but about the generosity of God to us all and the payment is eternal life.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Gracious and loving God you have given us a universe of wonders and call us to praise and glorify you. You also call us to your work: enabling others to put their focus on you alone. Help us to going into your vineyard and work with joy and energy so that many may join with you in life eternal through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Friday 30 October 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalms 144 and 150

The first psalm is of a king who has prepared for war, he calls on God to be the strong deliverer. He expresses humility not just for himself but all people, asks for God to be with them in routing the enemy. The psalmist will sing praises, the youth and the land will flourish, there will be peace and all happiness will be restored once the battle is won.

The last psalm is of joyful and exuberant praise – instruments, dancing. “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord” (v6).

Esther 3

King Ahasuerus promotes Haman (an Agagite) above all officials in the kingdom. At the King’s orders all the servants at the gate bow down to Haman. Mordechai (a Benjaminite) does not bow. This infuriates Haman who finds out what group of people Moredchai is from and plots to destroy all Jews.

Haman throws a lot (a pur) to determine the best day to make his move. He goes to King Ahasuerus and tells him that there is a group of people 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.

2 Peter 3: 3 – 10

Peter says people will scoff about our commitment to the return of Christ and the end times. They will say the world will go on as always. They will deliberately ignore that God’s word existed before the beginning and was the creative force. The Lord’s time frame is not the same as ours and God wants us all to come to repentance. When the last day comes we won’t know – it will steal up like a thief.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Cherry blossoms and bee
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
God of deliverance and grace, from the beginning there has been opposition to your ways and your people yet we continue. Open our hearts to this great gift of resilience so that we with everything that has breath, sing your praises this night and forever through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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