Wednesday, 16 December 2015

17 December 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Thursday 17 December 2015 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 106: 1– 24

The psalmist begins praising God and marvelling at God’s faithful love and great deeds. He then charges that we like the people of the past – from the Exodus to the time of Aaron – go astray.

Isaiah 21

Isaiah utters prophesies about Babylon, Edom and Arabia. Babylon will fall. Media will aid Persia in Babylon’s downfall. The Edomites will have a reprieve and then experience renewed oppression. In Arabia there will be refugees from the North West region of Arabia who need assistance from the Dedanite people of the North. Kedar, also in North Arabia will fall and all her warriors will be few.

Mark 10: 46 – 11: 11

Bartimaeus, cannot see. He hears Jesus coming, calls out. He persists. When the crowd tell him Jesus calls, he jumps to his feet and hurries. Jesus asks what he wants and Bartimaeus asks to see. He is healed and Bartimaeus follows Jesus.

Jesus begins the entry to Jerusalem. He instructs the disciples to find the colt. Jesus sits on the colt and rides into Jerusalem. People spread their cloaks or palm branches on the road before him shouting, “Hosanna” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”. Jesus goes directly to the temple then stays the night in Bethany.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Sand castles
Cape Le Grand nNtional Park WA
 L Osburn
Holy Lord from the beginning you have done marvellous acts and great deeds. Powers of earth have been overthrown, blindness ended and a new reign begun. Be with us in all we do today. Help us recognise that all of us like the people of old go astray. Keep us mindful that all of the things we rely on – people, countries, armies and rulers fail so that we also remember that you sent us eternal deliverance and peace through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord blessed and holy in your name. Amen.

Thursday 17 December 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalm 106: 25 – 50

The ancient people keep shifting allegiance and worshipping other gods. They even conduct live sacrifice of their children. Yet God delivers them, shows compassion. The psalmist asks for God to gather us in to give thanks, glory and praise to God.

Isaiah 49: 1 – 13

This is a song where Israel identifies as the servant of the Lord. No matter the outcome, Israel’s reward is in God. God says that Israel as a servant was not just to restore the survivors but to be a light to all the nations so that God’s salvation can reach to whole world. Even though Israel is despised and enslaved it will be recognised by kings because the Lord has chosen Israel.

The section ends with a song of praise to the Lord for comforting his people and bringing compassion.

Revelation 19: 1 – 10

John hears a great multitude singing Hallelujah and praising God. The elders, the living creatures all fall down and worship God. The noise of the praise and worship is enormous.  John is told to write down, “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb”. John falls to worship at the feet of the messenger who speaks to him and is rebuked, “Do not do it!” The messenger indicates equality with us who hold to the testimony of Jesus. “Worship God!”

Collect for Evening Prayer

The travellers cross
Eucla WA  L Osburn
Holy Lord we give you thanks and praise for your eternal compassion and deliverance. May we too be your holy people and a light to all the nations bringing the testimony of Jesus so that our reward will be in you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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