27 November 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Friday 27 November 2015
Psalm 68: 1 – 20
A psalm of praise to a practical God, our God. We are provided with the practical necessities homes, care for orphans and widows, water, food, crops, protection, peace and God’s presence – relationship.
2 Kings 25: 8 – 21
In the 19th year of Nebuchadnezzer's reign the captain of his body guard goes to Jerusalem and burns down the temple, the kings house and every great house. The city walls are broken and more people are taken in exile to Babylon. All the artefacts are broken and taken in pieces. The priests are taken to the King of Babylon in Riblah who executes them. Thus Judah is now in exile.
Mark 3: 7 – 19a
Jesus goes to the Sea of Galilee and great numbers hearing about him arrive from the coast and from beyond the Jordan River. The disciples acquire a boat so that Jesus is not crushed. Jesus tells all the unclean spirits who recognise him as the Son of God to not make his identity known. He goes up the mountain and appoints the 12 to proclaim the message and cast out demons.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Armadale WA L Osburn
God of abundant love and grace, you provide for us, heal us and save us. Open our hearts and minds to the scriptures so that we take you seriously and obey your commandments to love you and love our neighbours and build your kingdom which provides homes, cares for orphans and widows, provides food and water, protection and peace for all as an outpouring of our relationship with you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen
Friday 27 November 2015
Psalms 68: (21 – 23) 24 – 35
This section of the psalm moves first to the fierce protection God provides for his people and then to a procession and celebration of God and the people of Israel, united in Jerusalem at the temple.
Ecclesiastes 10: 16 – 11: 8
If your ruler is weak and the "princes" are feasting all day woe is you country. If your rules is noble and the "princes" work then feast at proper times the country will prosper. Sloth and indolence leads to things falling apart. Feasts are good - it is about priorities. Don't curse the king or the wealthy even in your own home - your voice might be heard and carried.
Attempt things - some will be rewarded. Divide what you have 7 or 8 ways so that you have enough in case there's a disaster. Watch the signs and weather around you - for example no farmer reaps when it is about to rain. Remember none of us can know the works of God. So in the morning do your essential work (sow the seeds) and in the evening don't be idle - you don't know which activity will be the one that succeeds and perhaps both might. It is good to get outside and see the sun. We should rejoice in all of the days of our lives and know there will be many dark days. Remember all is like a breath - vanity.
Revelation 13: 1 - 10
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Cattle on the long paddock|
Conargo NSW L Osburn
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