25 November 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Wednesday 25 November 2015
Psalms 62 and 63
For God my soul waits in silence: my salvation and my hope come from God. All people and things and powers are temporary. God is our rock and fortress and we shall not be shaken. Steadfast love belongs to God.
As a drought-ravaged land seeks water so our souls seek God. God’s love is better than life. God’s love is like a rich feast. Meditating on God causes our souls to sing.
The psalm ends with a plea for personal security.
2 Kings 23: 31 – 24: 9
There is now a quick succession of kings. Jehoahaz aged 23 reigns for three months and does evil things. Pharaoh Neco takes him prisoner and puts Eliakim, his brother on the throne. Pharaoh renames him Jehoiakim. He reigns 11 years and exacts taxes on the people to pay to Pharaoh. He does evil things. There are raids by the Chaldeans, Arameans, Ammonites and Moabites. Jehoiachin, his son succeeds him aged 18. He reigns for 3 months. He also does evil things.
Nebuchadnezzar conquers the entire region including Egypt.
Mark 2: 1 – 17
Jesus is in Capernaum and the people hear he is at home. They gather. Men bring a friend who is paralysed. They go to the roof and dig a hole through it and lower the man down to Jesus. Jesus applauds their faith and forgives the man’s sins. Scribes sitting, watching ask in their hearts, not out loud, how Jesus gets this authority and is he being blasphemous? Jesus perceives and responds asking which is easier to forgive sins or to say “Stand up and take your mat and walk” (v. 9)? So Jesus says this too. The man gets up and walks. Everyone is amazed and glorifies God.
Walking by the sea Jesus sees Levi a tax collector and says, “Follow me”. Levi (known as Matthew) follows. Later at Levi’s home Jesus has dinner with disciples, tax collectors and sinners. When the scribes see this they ask the disciples how is this possible? Jesus on hearing this responds saying, he has come to save sinners not the righteous.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Gum blossoms at dawn|
Wednesday 25 November 2015
Psalms 64 and 67
The first psalm is about those who do evil and think no one can see or hear them. God knows. God sees. God will respond. Let the righteous rejoice and take refuge in God.
The second psalm is a blessing. “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us” (v 1). The blessing asks too that our lives be testament to God’s glory. May the whole world sing praise and rejoice.
Ecclesiastes 9: 7 – 16
We are told to enjoy our lives, dress in white, have oil on our heads, love our spouse and enjoy work – none of this is available after death. And though wisdom is strength and the wisdom of a poor man might save an entire city, no one is going to remember the poor, wise man.
Revelation 12: 1 - 6
John sees the figure of a pregnant woman clothed in the sun, the moon at her feet, stars crowning her head. She cries and gives birth to a son. A seven-headed red dragon stands ready to devour the baby boy at birth. But the baby is snatched away and is delivered to God’s throne. The woman flees to the wilderness, to a place prepared by God where she is nourished.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Sunset on the road|
Loving and saving God you are willing to snatch us away out of the range of evil and protect and nourish us. While we are alive you want us to live in peace, freedom and joy. Keep us safe from all evil. Guide us in your path and protect the child within each of us so that we may with confidence fully enjoy your gift of life and the opportunity to worship you, praise you and give you thanks 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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