19 November 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Thursday 19 November 2015
This is an ode to a king’s wedding full of praise and descriptions of beauty, strength and wealth. The song calls to the princess bride to leave her people, bow to the king and receive the gifts of the kingdom.
2 Kings 21: 1 – 18
Manasseh is 12 when his reign begins. He has a long reign. He re-establishes all the high places and poles for worshipping other gods. He engages in child sacrifice. He does worse than King Ahab did in Israel. He has worship areas erected inside the House of the Lord for other heavenly entities and he sheds innocent blood. The Lord decrees that Judah and Israel will be lost and Jerusalem will be wiped out like a bowl and turned upside-down. The people will be given to the enemy. When Massaseh dies his son Amon becomes king.
Matthew 25: 31 – 46
When the Son of Man comes in glory there will be a separation of people from all nations into two groups: the sheep and the goats. The sheep will immediately be welcomed and inherit the kingdom prepared for them. They have cared for and nourished God. These righteous ones will ask when did they do that. God answers that when they did it for even the least of God’s family, they did it for God. And to the accursed ones, God banishes them for not caring for or nourishing God. When they protest God also replies that when they did not do it for even the least of God’s family, they did not do it for God.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Silverton NSW L Osburn
Holy and loving God you delight in us as a groom delights in his bride. You also have given us a choice between kingdoms. Guide us to step towards you, to care for you by caring for your people so that we leave our past and receive the gifts and benefits of your kingdom and your eternal love through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Thursday 19 November 2015
Psalms 46 and 47
God is our strength and refuge and we are to be in awe of him: to be still and know that God is God. There is a kingdom and a holy city. God will end all wars and fighting.
The second psalm is a joyous song of praise beginning with clapping our hands. Our God is awesome ruler of everything, shielding us. God is to be exalted.
Ecclesiastes 5: 13 – 6: 9
It is a grievous ill when someone acquires wealth and loses it in a bad venture resulting in them having nothing for their children. Those that gather wealth without enjoying it are like people who live in perpetual darkness sick, vexed and resentful. All of us come into the world naked and leave it naked.
Find enjoyment in what you do. Eat and drink. This is a gift of God – you will be occupied and have joy.
God may give wealth, possessions and honour but it is a grievous ill if the person who lacks nothing doesn’t get to enjoy it but strangers do. You might have 100 children but of you don’t enjoy life and don’t have a proper burial you are worse off than a stillborn child.
Since desire is insatiable we are better off seeing things – delighting in what we see not possessing it.
Revelation 9: 1 - 12
At the sound of the fifth trumpet a star that had fallen is given a key that opens a bottomless pit. Smoke rises darkening everything. Then comes a swarm of locusts given authority to no harm any plant or creature except those who do not have a seal on their forehead. Those are to suffer torture for 5 months. Please will seek death and not find it. The locusts are described as an amalgam of many things. Over them is the one in charge of the bottomless pit whose is called Abaddon or destruction. This is the first woe there are two more to come.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|The tree loppers|
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Holy Lord you are our refuge, our strength and our saviour. You have given us this beautiful world and each other to delight in. Help us to desire only you and know that work is a joy so that we live lives full of thanks and praise, sharing and love in health, peace and your light through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.
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