Wednesday, 2 December 2015

3 December 2015


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Thursday 3 December 2015 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 78: 16 - 38

This portion of the psalm recounts the complaints against God when the Israelites were in the desert with Moses. Water was produced from rocks, food fell from heaven, both bread and birds. They had little faith and yet when they repented, God forgave.

Isaiah 41: 17 – 29

Isaiah puts God’s case that the poor, the parched, the desolate will be given water and the earth reshaped – trees will grow where there was wilderness. God challenges the other gods to show their capacity and sees there is nothing: they are nothing. God will raise up someone from the north and conquer the land and free it but there is no one in Jerusalem to receive this news – no one to hear and pass it on.

Mark 5: 21 – 43

Again the crowd gathers. A leader of the synagogue, Jarius approaches. Jarius’ daughter is sick he asks Jesus to some and lay his hands on her. On the way a woman with faith who had been haemorrhaging for 12 years touches his garment. Jesus notices that individual touch, stops, asks who did it and receives the woman, calling her daughter and stating that her faith has made her well.

Meanwhile, news comes that Jarius’ daughter is dead. Jesus says to Jarius “Do not fear, only believe” (v. 36). On arrival at the house the mourners are present and wailing. Jesus sends them out saying that the girl is sleeping. He ushers the parents and a small group of disciples into the room, takes the girl’s hand and gently tells her to get up. She gets up, walks around. Jesus tells them to feed her.

Collect for Morning Prayer

In all we do
Gladstone Qld L Osburn
God of wonders, God of grace, we give you thanks and praise. There is no other God like you who forgives, who teaches and instructs and who came directly to heal and to die for us. Help us go about our activities today with joy and thankfulness in our hearts so that no matter what occurs we will only believe, trust in you, have faith in you and grow through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thursday 3 December 2015
Evening Prayer

Psalm 78: 39 - 70

The psalmist shows how short the memories of humans are and how fickle. The Israelites in the desert did not remember or take into account the miracles of God that enabled their freedom. They had little faith. God held on and made decisions about the future of the people and who would lead them, for example choosing the line of Judah rather than the line of Joseph: choosing David and Mt Zion. Whether humans are faithful or not, God still guides them.

Isaiah 3: 13 – 4: 6

The Lord will judge the elders and princes who have taken what belongs to the poor and crushed them. The women of Jerusalem will lose everything, their pride, belongings, beauty and honour. So many men will die in battle that seven women will seek marriage by the same man. They will not claim sustenance from him but provide for themselves: at least they are married.

The righteous will remain and prosper once the city has been cleaned. Then God will establish a protective canopy over Mount Zion and its places of assembly.

1 Thessalonians 3

Paul persecuted, knows he cannot leave Athens so sends Timothy to the Thessalonians to check how they are bearing up under the persecution. Everyone knew persecutions would occur. Timothy’s report is good news of the Thessalonians’ faith and love. This report gives Paul immense encouragement and hope that he will get to see them again. He blesses them.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Gladstone Qld L Osburn

Holy and steadfast God even when we turn aside you guide us and when we are faithful you protect, encourage and bless us. In our world where there is little memory of your great deeds of saving grace and freeing people from oppression help us hold on. Give us the will and calm to stay faithful and continue as your righteous people under your canopy of love through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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