Thursday, 31 December 2015

1 January 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 1 January 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 113

Praise to God especially for responding to those who are humble and poor and bringing them to sit with princes. There is no other god like this.

Deuteronomy 30: 6 – 20

If wherever you are you remember what God has done for you and return to God with all your heart and soul and your children obey God, God will have compassion. Even if you were exiled to the ends of the earth, God will bring you back.

God will change your heart so that you love God with all your heart and soul and live. Enemies will fail and you will be blessed. This commandment is no too hard to reach or understand. It is a close as your mouth and your heart.

So this is the choice: choose God and choose life. Or choose idols and you will not live long in that promised place God has set aside for us. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live: loving God, obeying God and holding fast to God all your days.

Acts 3: 1 – 16

Peter and John go to the temple. At the gate called Beautiful is a lame beggar who asks for alms. Peter utters the famous words: ‘Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (v. 6).

The people in the temple hear about the miracle and flock. Peter tells them they did not do this on their own – from their own piety but through the name of Christ. God, the God of Abraham glorified Jesus who you crucified. “You killed the Holy One, the Author of Life who God raised from the dead” (v.15). By faith, through using Jesus’s name this man’s health is restored.

Collect for Morning Prayer

New pink gum leaves
Eucla WA  L Osburn
Holy, loving and compassionate God, by your grace you have chosen each of us. Help us to love you, obey you and hold on tight to you all our days so that the peace of Christ rules our hearts and our lives are full of thanks and praise to you through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.

Friday 1 January 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 115

The psalm starts praising God for faithful and constant expression of love.

The psalmist ridicules the idol-makers who like their idols may have the physical senses (eyes, ears, noses…) but make no use of them. God is contrasted as a sensing and active presence worthy to be trusted. The psalmist blesses the hearer of the psalm.

Deuteronomy 10: 12 – 11: 1

Moses continues his address to the people before they begin to enter The Promised Land. The people are to love and serve the Lord with all their heart and soul and keep the commandments. Do not be stubborn; God can’t be bribed. God is just and cares for widows, orphans and strangers. Therefore we are to love our neighbours and the strangers among us. God is the only one to worship. Remember all of God’s great deeds and be faithful and loyal to God.

Romans 10: 5 – 13

By faith in our hearts and confession of that faith we are saved – if we confess Jesus is Lord and believe in your hearts that God raised him from the dead we will be saved. It is impossible to fulfil all the requirements of Mosaic Law. In Christ, there is no distinction between Jews and those of other nations. There is one God and this is the same God for all. Everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.

Collect for Evening Prayer

At the end of a day
Alpine National Park Harrietville
L Osburn
Holy God you are the faithful and steadfast source of love and compassion. Open our hearts and souls and minds to you. Take away our stubbornness and excuses. Help us love you, love others and indeed so love them that we confidently state our beliefs in Christ crucified and raised from the dead by you for the salvation of all. Help us pass on your compassion to others – the poor, the lonely and the aliens and disenfranchised in our communities so that we can live the life you want for all in your love and caring embrace through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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