Saturday, 16 January 2016

17 January 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Sunday 17 January 2016 
Morning Prayer 

Psalm 121

This psalm describes the eternal faithfulness of God and how God cares for us. God does not sleep and looks after us every step we take.

Luke 4: 31 – 41

Jesus is teaching on the Sabbath in Capernaum. His teaching has a quality of authority. In the temple, a man, possessed yells, “Have you come to destroy us?” and calls him The Holy One of God. Jesus tells him to be quiet and commands the evil spirit to come out. It does and the man is uninjured. The people are more amazed about Jesus’s authority.

Jesus goes to Simon Peter’s house. Simon Peter’s mother has a fever. Jesus tells the fever to leave, it does she becomes well. Later that night, more ill people come to be healed and more evil spirits coming out from people proclaim Jesus “the Son of God”. They know he is the Christ.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Early morning on the pier
Esperance WA  L Osburn
Loving God, you are eternally faithful. You watch over us, care for us and heal us when we come to you. Bring us into your care, and help us become who we really are and find the work our souls need to do for you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Sunday 17 January 2016 
Evening Prayer

Psalm 47

This psalm is a joyous song of praise beginning with clapping our hands. Our God is awesome ruler of everything, shielding us. God is to be exalted.

1 Samuel 20: 1 – 7, 24 – 32

David, flees from Naioth and come to Johnathan. He asks what his guilt is that Saul wants to kill him. Jonathon does not believe that Saul wants to kill David for his father has not said anything to him. David says perhaps he is keeping Johnathan innocent since Saul knows the young men are friends and doesn’t want to cause Jonathon grief.

The two men resolve that David will not come to the meals and if Saul is angry by David’s absence Jonathon will tell David. They confirm their friendship and go into the field to talk more.

Galatians 2: 1 – 10

Paul recalls how he with Barnabas and Titus went to Jerusalem and talked with the leaders of the church there. They checked that what they were proclaiming was on track. Paul reports that his commission to take the gospel to the Gentiles was accepted and is as valid at Peter’s commission to take the gospel to the Jews, and all those of the Mosaic tradition. Those in Jerusalem asked Paul to remember the poor. By this is meant send donations for the work with the poor in Jerusalem.

Collect for Evening Prayer

School of fish wind vane
Busselton WA  L Osburn
O God our great shield, protector and source of joy we give you thanks and praise for firm friendships between humans and willingness to listen, discern your will, take your good news to people everywhere and support the poor. May we grow in friendship with each other – even the enemies of our fathers – so that we, doing your will may take your good news to the people of this world through our Lord your Son guiding and leading us, Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

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