Monday, 18 January 2016

19 January 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 19 January 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 45

This is an ode to a king’s wedding full of praise and descriptions of beauty, strength and wealth.

Jeremiah 5: 18 – 31

God promises not to entirely destroy the people but because they served foreign gods in their own land, they will serve strangers in a land not their own. Jeremiah is to ask the foolish people who have eyes and ears and do not use them. Do they not fear the Lord who created everything? The people are stubborn and fail to acknowledge God who brings rain in its season and harvests. Instead there are scoundrels who trap people, who are unjust. They do not care for orphans and widows or defend the rights of the needy.

It is appalling what’s happening in the land. The prophets prophesy falsely and the priests follow what they say. The people love it that way but what will they do when the end comes?

John 8: 1 – 11

Jesus goes to the Mount of Olives. Next morning he goes to the temple. He begins to teach and then the scribes and Pharisees bring a woman caught in adultery and ask Jesus whether she should be stoned according to Mosaic Law. Jesus draws with his finger in the dirt before answering. They pester him for an answer so he stands. He challenges them to throw a stone if they themselves are sin free. He lowers himself again and draws again in the dirt. One by one, elders first, they go away. Jesus stands and asks where did they go and is there no one left to condemn her? She says no. He will not condemn her either and she is to go and sin no more.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Footprints and past
Eucla WA  L Osburn
Our God who brings us refreshment, sustenance and compassionate judgement, you want us to step away from all sin and take your gift of eternal life. Help us to stop, be aware of the ground we walk on and the patterns we have left in the dust. Guide us and hold us as we take stock, turn away from sin, accept your abundant love and pass it on to others this and every day through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday 19 January 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalms 46 and 47

God is our strength and refuge and we are to be in awe of him: to be still and know that God is God.

The second 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.

Genesis 7

Noah is instructed to take into the ark his household, 7 pairs of all clean animals and one pair of all unclean animals from the earth. The rain falls for forty days and nights. The earth is covered with water. All living things that take breath die. The waters inundate the earth for 150 days.

Colossians 3: 12 – 17

With fellow believers we are to clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. We are to bear with each other, forgive and bind to each other in love. We are to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, be thankful, teach with wisdom, sing with gratitude and praise and do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ giving thanks to God through Him.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Gracious and loving God you have given us a world to live in that is beautiful. Hold us now as we consider our day and remember when we exercised compassion, kindness, meekness and patience so that we, acknowledging your work in us, can give thanks, sing with gratitude and continue to be open to your rule in our hearts and live our lives in your name through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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