Sunday, 4 October 2015

5 October 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 5 October 2015 
Morning Prayer

Psalms 82 and 84

The first psalm sets a scene of God judging all the other Gods. They lack knowledge or compassion. They will be destroyed. The psalmist petitions God alone to judge the earth.

A day living in the presence of God is better than anything imaginable. A journey to God’s dwelling place is filled with refreshment: “they go from strength to strength” (v. 7).

1 Kings 20: 1 – 25

King Ben-Hadad of Aram raids Israel and makes demands of King Ahab. The demands escalate and the people and prophets of Israel support Ahab. Battle is drawn and Ahab on advice chooses 232 young governors and then a force of people who engage the Arameans and defeat them.

The Aramean king escapes and the prophet tells King Ahab to prepare for they will return in spring. The Arameans restructure their command system and decide they will fight the Israelites on a plain not in the hills.

Matthew 11: 1 – 11

Jesus having instructed the disciples continues teaching in the cities. John the Baptist who was in prison sends his disciples to Jesus to ask whether Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus replies that they should tell John the words Jesus speaks then consider his deeds. He blesses those who take no offence.

When the disciples of John depart, Jesus asks the crowds, whom did they go to see in the wilderness? Was he a political leader or a prophet? Is he the fulfilment of the prophecy of the voice crying in the wilderness –“prepare the way”? John the Baptist is one of the greats among humans and only one of the humble in heaven.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Desert flowers
Head of the Bight SA L Osburn
 Holy and almighty God all other gods are nothing before you and all enemies are routed through your strength. Enable us wherever we are city or country, dressed in poor clothes or fine to do your will, and be part of the preparation of the world for the coming of your kingdom so that we like John may be counted among the humble in heaven to through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 5 October 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalms 85 and 87

The first psalm reminds us all of God’s forgiveness and historical evidence of restoring people of faith. The psalmist asks for quiet to listen to God who will speak peace to the faithful and give salvation. “Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other” (v.10).

The second psalm is of praise for Zion, the mother city of believers everywhere. It is the basis for the hymn “Glorious things of you are spoken, Zion city of our God.”

Job 31: 5 – 23

Job lists of series of possible offences, “If I have…” and cites possible punishments for these transgressions. He is prepared for God’s judgement. He says he has never done any of these things. In fact he has been generous and righteous and compassionate because he fears God and knows that he could never face God’s majesty.

Colossians 3: 1 – 11

Since we have been raised with Christ we need to seek things that are above the material world. We are to put aside self-gratification and wrath, anger, abuse and slander. We are to become our new self and know that for all Christians, no matter our country or customs Christ is our all and is in all of us.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Sunset on gum leaves: gold
Eucla WA L Osburn
Lord God with you in Christ we find your majesty, love, faithfulness, righteousness and peace. Help us your people to seek the necessary quiet to listen to you and to humbly prepare for your judgement knowing that you have won us salvation and our faith is our dwelling place so that we can live apart from the clamour and noise of this world while still living and loving in it all our days through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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