Sunday, 10 January 2016

11 January 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 11 January 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalms 28 and 29

In the first psalm, the there is an appeal to not be like people who don’t believe and / or those who are deceitful. The psalmist changes focus and reminds us how big and powerful God is who saves and shepherds the people forever.

The next psalm picks up this theme on the almighty power of God just by whose voice water, forests, mountains and fire dance or whirl. The Lord’s power brings people confidence and peace.

Jeremiah 1

The chapter introduces Jeremiah and his humble report of his commissioning by God. It reports first that God checks what he was seeing – a branch of an almond tree. Then God sends the first vision of a boiling pot tipping away from the north. God explains that turmoil is about to be poured on the land from the north. Jeremiah is to stand up and tell the nations what God commands him to say and God promises personal fortification and protection for Jeremiah in this task.

John 6: 28 – 40

When asked, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus replies that we must believe in the one whom God has sent. The people ask for a sign – like the manna produced for Moses. Jesus clarifies for them that the signs are God’s not Moses’. God gives the true bread from heaven. The bread of God comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. The people clamour for this bread. Jesus says, “I am the bread of life”. Jesus makes it clear that he is the sign yet they still do not believe. Jesus says he has come down from heaven to do God’s will, to save those who come to him and give them eternal life and be raised up on the last day.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Bold bush
Cape Le Grand National Park
WA L Osburn
Gracious and loving God you save us, commission us and offer us eternal life in you. Help us hear you and recognise that you listen to us. Check our vision as you checked Jeremiah’s. Strengthen us to do your will remembering how powerful you are, how serious is your love for us and praising you for sending your Son to feed us and to be the ultimate sign of your presence and love so that we may cast aside our fears and inadequacy and boldly tell of your love to all the nations through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 11 January 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalms 30 and 32

The first psalm is of praise and thanksgiving for healing and prayers answered.

The second psalm begins telling us how happy are those whose sins are forgiven. The psalmist recounts how he was unwell and until he acknowledged his sins and confessed. Healing began. He encourages all to offer prayer when distressed and warns us not to be stubborn about it.  Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

Genesis 1: 1 – 19

In the beginning there is God and a vast emptiness from which all things are created beginning with light, which is distinct from darkness both of which are good: we call that day one. The earth, a formless mass is divided into water and atmosphere: we call that day two. The water is separated so that land appears which bears vegetation – seed and fruit plants: we call that day three. Next God produces the sun, the moon and the stars all of which bring separation between day-time and night-time, months, seasons and years: we call that day four.

Colossians 1: 1 – 8

Paul begins by greeting the faithful in Colosse. Paul says how he gives thanks and praise to God always for the faithful Colossians. He reports that the gospel is growing and bearing fruit everywhere, just as it has been in Colosse. He commends Epaphras to them as a faithful minister who has told Paul of the Colossians love in the Spirit.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Cape Le Grand National park
WA  L Osburn
Creator and loving God you made the opportunities for life, for community and for relationship with you. Shed you light on our lives. Make us aware of what we need to bring to you and confess so that we cease to experience the vast emptiness and instead receive for favour, feel ourselves surrounded by your steadfast love, dance again when we were mourning and be part of the growth and spread of your gospel as your faithful people through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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