Monday, 28 December 2015

29 December 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 29 December 2015 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 145

This psalm praises and blesses God for all the great acts of creation, mercy, salvation, awesome acts, steadfast love, compassion, and might. What God has done proclaims the glory of the kingdom. That kingdom will endure forever.

On a more personal level God is faithful, gracious, upholds people while they are falling, raises up people who are oppressed. God provides as required, in time and with justice. God hears, saves and watches us. We will praise the Lord and all living things will bless God forever.

Isaiah 62

The prophet declares that he will not cease talking about Jerusalem’s restoration. People will no longer call her forsaken or desolate as if those are her names.  She will be instead “The Lord Delights in You” or “Married”, meaning that the young men will commit to her for their life-times and God will rejoice in her. The people in Jerusalem will be free to eat and drink their own produce and to praise God – no longer oppressed. The prophet incites the people to start the preparation, to lift up the flags so people can join the rebuilding effort ahead.

John 1: 35 – 51

John the Baptist sees Jesus and says to his disciples “Look the Lamb of God”. Two of John disciples follow Jesus and ask where he is staying, then spend the day with him. Andrew seeks out his brother saying, “We have found the Messiah”. His brother is Simon Peter who Jesus called Cephas (Peter). The next day Jesus finds Philip and calls him to follow. Philip in turn finds Nathaniel who first says, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Jesus recognises Nathaniel as a true Israelite – an honest person. Nathaniel immediately proclaims Jesus the Son of God and King of Israel. Jesus says that Nathaniel will see more wonders.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Water from the pump
Armadale WA  L Osburn
 God of glory, grace, faithfulness, mercy and salvation, you restored Jerusalem and you chose people to be your disciples – honest people, blunt people. Give us grace to serve you as we are using our intellect, skills and personalities for your purpose and for your glory through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday 29 December 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalm 147

This psalm rejoices in singing praise to a gracious God. God builds up the community, gathers the outcasts, heals the broken-hearted and binds their wounds. This is the same God who created the stars. Sing to God.

God brings the rain that produces grass and feeds the animals and allows birds to sing. God isn’t interested in who is the fastest or strongest but in our reverence.

The city of the faithful is charged to praise the Lord: for itself, the safety of the children, the peace. This God who controls all the weather looks after us. No other God is like our God.

Isaiah 29: 13 - 24

The Lord says to Isaiah that the people honour God with their lips but their hearts are not attached. They are performing the ritual, obeying the laws constructed by men but their hearts are far from God.

Some think God cannot see their hidden plans. It is as if the clay says to the potter, “What does the potter know about me?”

In a time to come Lebanon will be a fertile field, the mockers and ruthless will disappear and those who do evil will be cut down. Therefore God says to the house of Jacob, there will be a time when they are glad to see God’s work in their children, they will acknowledge God, those who are wayward will gain understanding and the complainers will accept instruction.

Ephesians 1: 1 – 14

Praise to God for all the blessings we have received. By grace and will God chose us to be adopted as children through Christ. Through Christ we have redemption and forgiveness of sins. God made known to us to mystery of God’s will to bring all things together under Christ. When the Ephesians accepted Christ they were sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Collect for Evening Prayer

At the end of the day...
Armadale WA   L Osburn
God of honour and grace you gather us, heal us, restore us and bring us peace. Help us to praise you first with our hearts then with our lips so that we acknowledge your great gift of creation, our adoption as your children, our redemption and forgiveness of our sins and your spirit through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

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