Sunday, 24 January 2016

25 January 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 25 January 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalms 62 and 63

For God my soul waits in silence: my salvation and my hope come from God. All people and things and powers are temporary. God is our rock and fortress and we shall not be shaken. Steadfast love belongs to God.

As a drought-ravaged land seeks water so our souls seek God. God’s love is better than life. God’s love is like a rich feast. Meditating on God causes our souls to sing.

The psalm ends with a plea for personal security.

Jeremiah 8: 4 – 17

The Lord asks Jeremiah isn’t it normal when people fall they get up again and that when they go astray they come back? But these people are not coming back, not asking, “What have I done?” Instead they are plunging headlong into trouble. The scribes are reading the scriptures falsely. They and their families will be lost. The people are not producing from the gifts given by God – God can find no fruits to harvest, so God is passing them by. The army is coming. The snorting of the horses is audible. The snakes are being loosed among the people and they will bite.

Luke 1: 1 – 12

Luke distils the knowledge from eyewitnesses and other accounts of the events and circumstances of Jesus’ life for Theophilus.

In the days of King Herod of Judea a priest, Zechariah whose wife is a direct descendant of Aaron, the first priest, is Elizabeth. They have no children.

Zechariah’s group is serving and the temple and he is chosen by lots to enter the sanctuary and offer incense. An angel of the Lord appears. Zechariah is terrified.

Collect for Morning Prayer

North Mine Shaft
Broken Hill NSW  L Osburn
 O God you are abundantly generous and steadfast in your love. You give us gifts, abilities and talents to use for your service. You give us in the scriptures reports of lives of people who were faithful and those who fell. Help us overcome our fears, our stubbornness and opposition. Help us discern what is not normal in your eyes and turn our souls and our lives to you and your purpose so that as we wait we do so confidently in joy in hope and in praise through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 25 January 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalms 64 and 67

The first psalm is about those who do evil and think no one can see or hear them. God knows. God sees. God will respond. Let the righteous rejoice and take refuge in God.

The second psalm is a blessing. “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us” (v 1). The blessing asks too that our lives be testament to God’s glory. May the whole world sing praise and rejoice.

Genesis 13

Abram leaves Egypt with all he has and returns via the Negeb to the place near Bethel where he originally set up an altar. Both he and Lot have large flocks. Disputes arise between their shepherds about grazing areas. Abram and Lot agree to separate. Lot goes east to the Jordan Valley. Abram is promised the land he can see from where he is, and offspring as numerous as the dust of the earth. He travels to the oaks of Mamre near Hebron and builds an altar there.

James 2: 1 – 13

James challenges us to respect the poor since they too are heirs of the kingdom and are rich in faith. We are to honour them when they come to our assemblies.

James reinforces that God’s law needs to upheld – not just in parts but also as a whole. The laws of God are laws that allow liberty for all and mercy is central to our community.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Sun on the clouds
Ceduna SA  L Osburn
Merciful God you want us all to be free from evil, discrimination and disputes. You can and do search out our hearts and minds and you know our actions. Bring us to deep humility. Guide us to acknowledge your power and majesty and give due regard to your capacity to act so that we bring our lives to you, return to your law of love, treat everyone with respect, take refuge in you and sing your praise and glory all our days through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

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