Friday, 20 November 2015

21 November 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 21 November 2015 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 50

Almighty God who rules over the entire planet rebukes the people and explains that God does not need sacrifices of animals. God already owns all the creatures and plants of the earth. God instead requires thanksgiving and praise.

For those who do evil, slander others and hate discipline they have no right to recite the commandments.
“Mark this, then you who forget God” (v.23). Those who bring thanksgiving honour God and those who go the right way, God will save.

2 Kings 22: 12 – 23: 3

King Josiah is distressed at having heard the words of the Law and understands how greatly the people have angered God through worshipping idols and Baals. He sends the priest and others to seek out God’s view. They go to a prophetess. She says that indeed disaster will come to the city but since King Josiah is repentant he will not be alive when the disaster occurs – he will be exempt from seeing the destruction.

Mark 1: 14 – 28

After John the Baptist is arrested Jesus begins his public ministry saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news” (v.15). He engages fishermen to come and fish for people: Simon, Andrew, James and John. In Capernaum he teaches in the synagogue as one with authority. He rebukes an unclean spirit in a man and it obeys him. The people are astounded. His fame spreads.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Morning Bloom
Armadale WA L Osburn
Holy and almighty God your kingdom approaches and you save those who repent, follow you and give thanks and praise. Though Christ you offer to cleanse our spirits and bring us back in alignment with you. Bring us to repentance so that our spirits are acceptable to you and we can step out in confidence to build your community of love, faith, honour, joy and praise through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saturday 21 November 2015 
Evening Prayer

Psalms 119: 41 - 64

The earth is full of God’s steadfast love and the psalmist wants to be taught and affirmed and encouraged in understanding and living by God’ statutes. Through this the psalmist will have the words to say to those who taunt and the confidence to give testimony to kings. The psalmist identifies all the way the commandments and statutes of the Lord enrich life.

Ecclesiastes 7: 14 - 29

When you are prosperous be joyful and when adversity comes know that we get good and bad and be grateful we cannot see what is to come.

Some people are so righteous they foreshorten their lives and some people do wicked things to stay alive. So being too righteous and too wicked can both result in not having a full life.  Wisdom gives us strength – it doesn’t stop us from sinning.

Don’t listen to everything people say – don’t take it on board – you will hear someone cursing you as we have all grumbled about others.

There are women out there who are traps. Those who please God escape. Sinners are caught.

God made people straightforward but we devise many schemes.

Revelation 10

The seventh angel is wrapped in a cloud with a rainbow over the head. The angel has a face like the sun and legs that are like pillars of fire. One foot is set on land and one on the sea. The angel shouts and John is not permitted to write the words. There will be no more delay. When the seventh angel’s trumpet sounds the mystery of God will be revealed. John is instructed to take the little scroll held by the angel and eat it. It is sweet as honey but has a bitter after effect. Then John is told to prophesy again about many peoples, languages and kings.

Collect for Evening Prayer

The old water pump
Armadale WA L Osburn
Holy Lord your commandments and love are sweet and when we take this in we realise how flawed we are. Give us that calmness of recognition so that we can feel deep humility, accept the realities of who we are and step out in confidence and faith to do the best we can with your help 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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