Sunday, 17 January 2016

18 January 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 18 January 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalms 41 and 44: 1 - 9

The psalmist is sick. Illness was seen in the past as punishment for sin. Enemies hope the psalmist will die but come and visit being pleasant, then make plots when they leave. Even the psalmist’s best friend has turned his back. The psalmist prays for healing, restoration and vindication. God is blessed.

This portion of the second psalm reminds us of God’s actions in nation building and protecting the people in wars. They do not go into battle trusting in their own abilities but in God. And yet, now they have suffered a defeat.

Jeremiah 5: 1 – 17

God tells Jeremiah to run quickly through the city to search for anyone who acts justly and seeks truth so that God can pardon Jerusalem. Jeremiah fails. Jeremiah reports that the people are not taking correction – their faces are harder than rock, they refuse to repent. Jeremiah argues that these were the poor with little education so he would investigate the rich. But they too had broken away.

God converses with Jeremiah asking, “how can the people be pardoned?” The proclamation of the invasion is given – a nation, ancient and enduring from far away will come. Destruction will be total in Israel and Judah including the prophets who are nothing but wind.

John 7: 37 – 52

Jesus says that out of the believer’s heart flows streams of living water and proclaims that people should come to him for spiritual refreshment. Some in the crowd recognise him as a prophet or Messiah and others ridicule.

The temple police are accountable to the Pharisees who ask why they have not arrested Jesus. They reply that they have never heard anyone speak like that. Nicodemus defends Jesus and says any one has a right to a trial first. The Pharisees reply that the scriptures say nothing about a prophet coming from Galilee.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Stream in the Karri Forest
WA L Osburn
Holy Lord, you build and protect us and give us access to the eternal stream of living water from which we are spiritually refreshed. When people who have broken away from you surround us, when we hear of plots and schemes, hypocrisy and refusal to repent, bring us back to your presence. Strengthen us to trust in you and believe in you so that our hearts flow with streams of living water for ourselves and for others through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Monday 18 January 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 44: 10 – 27

In this psalm there has been a great defeat. The people are scattered, enslaved, had everything taken and destroyed. They are humiliated, derided, taunted, reviled and disgraced. But they do not forget God’s promise or turn their hearts away. If they had, would not God discover it? God knows our heart’s secrets. The psalmist ends with a call to God to rise, to come to our aid and redeem us through steadfast love.

Genesis 6

Told here is the origin of the Nephilim – people of great stature and strength – sons of the interactions between divine beings and humans. Instead of humans becoming more divine wickedness and violence reign. God decides to start again and finds Noah, a righteous person, and instructs Noah to construct a vessel for his own family, creatures, and the key food plants. God announces the coming destructive flood.

Colossians 3: 1 – 11

Since we have been raised with Christ we need to seek things that are above the material world. We are to put aside self-gratification and wrath, anger, abuse and slander. We are to become our new self and know that for all Christians, no matter our country or customs Christ is our all and is in all of us.

Collect for Evening Prayer

The Southern Ocean - carving out the Australian mainland
The Great Australian Bight  SA  L Osburn
Gracious and compassionate God you want us to come to you and repent and put aside our old selves. No matter how great we think we are or who our parents and ancestors were, help us bring our self-gratification, wrath, anger, abuse and slander to you and have them washed away in a mighty flood so that we become new selves and the spirit of Christ can dwell in our hearts where ever we are. We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

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