Sunday, 22 November 2015

23 November 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 23 November 2015 
Morning Prayer

Psalms 54 and 55: 1 – 12

The first psalm is a plea to be saved from enemies, a statement of faith and a promise to give a free will offering to God once the psalmist is triumphant.

The second psalm portion is another plea for aid against enemies. The psalmist fears for his life and wants to run away. There is trouble around the city walls and the psalmist asks that the enemies plans be confused.

2 Kings 23: 4 – 15

King Josiah instructs the priests to remove from the temple all the vessels made for worshipping other deities. He has all the places of worship – even the high places where people worshipped God removed. He purges the country of all sites of worship or sacrifice  removing the place where children were sacrificed. He utterly destroys all remnants of these sites and scatters their ash.

Mark 1: 29 – 39

Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law, returning her to health and her identity. People bring to Jesus those who are sick and those possessed with demons. He silences the demons since they would reveal his identity. Before dawn Jesus goes to a deserted place to pray. When his companions find him they say that everyone is searching him for him. Jesus decides to go to neighbouring towns and proclaim the message there since that is his mission.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Boom gate
Gladstone harbour Qld L Osburn
 Almighty God, from you comes clear guidance about our way of life and our mission. You are our hope and faith. Guide us this day in all we do. Keep us prayerfully focused on your mission for our lives so that we put effort where it has the most lasting benefit through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 23 November 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalms 55: 13 – 15 (16 – 17) 18 – 28

The psalmist’s enemy is a close friend. It is harder to bear treachery from someone close. The friend has tricked another and done great harm. God will hear and respond. Lay our burdens on God. God’s is the punishment not ours. Trust God.

Ecclesiastes 8: 1 – 13

Wisdom makes our faces shine. But when we are dealing with a king and we have given an oath we need to diligently do as instructed. A wise mind knows when and if ever there is a time to confront the king. There will be a time and a way even if the matter of concern is hard for us to bear. We need to remember that we cannot restrain the wind or stop death and being wicked does not make things better for those who are wicked.

Wicked people will die but it may not come quickly. Before God those who do not sin will be able to stand. Those who are wicked will not be able to stand before God.

Revelation 11: 1 - 14

In the vision, John is given a measuring staff to measure the temple, altar and those who worship. He is not to measure the outer courts that are for people of all nations. God grants two witnesses authority to prophesy. Two olive trees and two lampstands represent these two witnesses (Zechariah 4:3).  Consuming fire destroys anyone who attempts to harm the witnesses. The witnesses have to power to bring droughts and plagues. When the witnesses complete their testimony they are conquered and killed by the beast from the bottomless pit. Their bodies lie for three and a half days in the street. People will gloat and celebrate their destruction but God will breathe life into them. They will ascend to heaven. An earthquake will follow and many will die. The rest will give glory to God. The second woe has now passed.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Tug boat
Gladstone harbour Qld L Osburn
God of justice and peace by your love and grace we have the capacity for wisdom. In these times of trouble and distress help us to know those things over which we have no control, help us to do the things we can and recognise that we cannot know the future or know your will so that we may stay calm through our anxious moments and leave judgement to your greater knowledge and power through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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