1 February 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Monday 1 February 2016
This psalm is one of community lament. Enemies have come and destroyed the city, the temple and everything that gives identity to the people. An appeal is made to God using stories of creation and provision for the people. The enemy ridicules and the soul of the people is at risk of being destroyed. The psalmist asks to Lord to rise up for the people’s sake.
Jeremiah 12: 1 – 13 (14 – 17)
Jeremiah asks God why the wicked prosper and how do they get away with talking about God but having godless hearts? God answers warning Jeremiah that matters will get worse. God will allow the city and the people to be destroyed and the people will go into exile. They will then be restored if they believe in God and be reestablished as God’s people. If not, they will be utterly destroyed.
Luke 2: 1 – 7
Caesar Augustus decrees a census of the Roman Empire. All have to return to their town of birth. Joseph and Mary go back to Bethlehem. Mary is betrothed to Joseph and she is pregnant. While they are in Bethlehem the baby is born. She wraps the baby in cloths and places him in an animal food trough because there is no room in the inn.
Collect for Morning Prayer
"Mulberry Vale" Broken Hill NSW
Holy merciful and wondrous God, even though the world barely considers you still you came to us as a tiny helpless baby boy cradled in an animal food trough. Bring us to humility and thankfulness giving praise to you for the gift of this new day and of your son Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and saviour. Amen.
Monday 1 February 2016
Psalms 121 and 123
In these two psalms the themes are the eternal faithfulness of God and how God cares for us, and a prayer for deliverance from those who ridicule and oppress us.
Exodus 13: 1 – 2 and 11 – 16
God tells Moses that the first-born males are to be offered to him. Lambs can be sacrificed, donkeys kept and a lamb substituted for them. Humans are offered to God, not sacrificed. The story of the exodus from Egypt and festival of the unleavened bread is to be kept in perpetuity.
Hebrews 10: 1 – 10
Unlike other sacrifices Christ’s erases all memory of sin.
The writer makes it clear that Jesus said sacrifices and burnt offerings are not what God wants. God wants us to do his will. There is a new covenant sealed by Jesus. Our sins are forgiven.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Silverton NSW L Osburn
Holy God you care so much for us that you gave your son to take all our sins away once and forever. Give us your grace to offer our lives to you so that we may forever be faithful just as you are faithful to us through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
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