Wednesday, 11 November 2015

12 November 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Thursday 12 November 2015 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 33

This psalm is a great hymn of praise to God citing evidence including creation, oversight of nations, strength beyond that of people or war-horses, the steadfast love that delivers our souls from death. The psalm ends saying our souls wait for the Lord, our hearts are glad because we trust and with an appeal for God’s steadfast love to be with us.

2 Kings 17: 21 – 41

The King of Assyria replaces the exiled Israelites with people from other countries. The place is henceforth called Samaria and the people Samaritans. They bring with them the worship of their own gods. Lions attack the people. The King is told the lions’ attacks are because the people do not know and are not worshipping the god of the land. The King sends for a priest to be restored who teaches the people how to worship the Lord. Some do and all of them continue to worship their own gods and have their own practices including child sacrifice.

Matthew 23: 29 – 39

Jesus indicts those Pharisees who venerate the prophets and claim that if they had been alive they would not have killed or harmed them. Jesus says that he will send more prophets, sages and scribes, who they will kill, crucify, flog in their synagogues and harry from town to town. More guilt will come on them as a result. Jesus laments over Jerusalem and says how often he wants to gather up the people like a chicken gathers her brood under her wings for protection. But they are not willing. They will not see Jesus again until they can say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord” (v. 39).

Collect for Morning Prayer

On the track
Bon Accord Track
Alpine National Park Vic L Osburn
Loving, protective and compassionate God you know how hard it is for people who do not know you to come to you and how hard too for even the people you chose to reveal yourself to and journey with to accept you. Yet you are the one our souls wait for. Open our hearts and minds to your presence, your power and your love so that not only are we gathered into your care but also that others see us and are inspired by your Holy Spirit to seek you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Thursday 12 November 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalm 31

This powerful psalm is on the theme of taking refuge in God and has the words “Into your hand I commit my spirit”. The second part asks for God’s grace and the final part praises God and encourages us to love the Lord, “be strong and let your heart take courage” (v. 24).

Ecclesiastes 1: 12 – 2: 8

As king, the preacher reports he used wisdom to understand all human actions and the conclusion is – it is all chasing after wind. We are what we are – no point counting what we haven’t got. Even the pursuit of wisdom itself is problematic because once we are wise that knowledge leads to increased sorrow.

Let’s test pleasure. It’s all mad. What’s the use of it? Wine brings pleasure – but be wise using it. And how can we examine folly to see what’s good for people to do? Then the author recounts the things he has built, grown developed, gathered and experienced.

Revelation 4

John has a vision where he his taken up in the spirit to a throne with one seated on it and he describes the details around: 24 elders worshipping, 4 creatures with eyes seeing all, lamp stands and a crystal sea. Without ceasing the creatures sing “Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come” (v.8). All around sing a response.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Forest, trees, the light and the reflection
Alpine National Park Vic L Osburn
Holy Lord for all your faithful people and preachers you know the deep sorrow we carry and the separateness we feel because we know life with you and the reality of our world, communities, neighbours, family and ourselves. Help us to be strong. Keep our hearts full of courage, accepting those around us and ourselves so that we recommit to you and you alone and continually praise you singing Holy, Holy, Holy through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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