Tuesday, 26 January 2016

27 January 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Wednesday 27 January 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 68: 1 – 20

A psalm of praise to a practical God, our God. We are provided with the practical necessities homes, care for orphans and widows, water, food, crops, protection, peace and God’s presence relationship.

Jeremiah 9: 12 – 26

Why is the land about to be laid waste? It is because the people are stubborn of heart and are not obeying God’s Law. They are following Baals. God says to Jeremiah, to call for the wailing women. Let them wail till everyone cries. Let them teach younger women how to wail too, for people are about to be mown down like cut grain in the fields.

If anyone is to boast, let them boast about how they know God who exercises and delights in kindness, justice and righteousness.

The day is coming when those who are merely circumcised in the flesh and not in their hearts, will be punished.

Luke 1: 26 – 38

The angel Gabriel visits Mary who is pledged to marry Joseph, greets her and calls her the Highly Favoured One. Gabriel tells her to not be afraid. Gabriel says she will have a child who is to be named Jesus. God will give him the throne of David and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever: his kingdom will never end.

How can this be, Mary asks? Gabriel says that Mary will be filled with the Holy Spirit and God will overshadow her so that the Holy One born will be the Son of God. Gabriel tells Mary that Elizabeth, her cousin is already 6 months pregnant for God nothing is impossible. Mary answers that she is the Lord’s servant and agrees to be part of this. The angel leaves.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Gang Gang Cockatoos preening
Harrietville Vic  L Osburn
 Holy Lord when we consider all that you give us we are overwhelmed by your grace. When we consider too, the individuals like Mary who by accepting you, added to your abundant grace beyond all imagining, we are in awe. Help us to accept the wonders and impossibilities you bring and turn ourselves away from focusing on fear, enemies, other human generated idols or concrete thinking, so that we as individuals can have an individual encounter with you and make our choice to embrace you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday 27 January 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 68: (21 – 23) 24 – 35

This section of the psalm moves first to the fierce protection God provides for his people and then to a procession and celebration of God and the people of Israel, united in Jerusalem at the temple.

Genesis 15

In a vision, Abram hears God say that God will shield him and be his great reward. Abram asks God about his childless state. God assures him that his offspring will be as numerous as the stars he can see at night. God also says he will have possession of the land. Abram asks how can he know. God instructs Abram to collect and slaughter animals for a covenant ritual. At sunset God reveals to Abram what will be come of the people – they will be taken into slavery and return. When the sun sets, Abram sees a smoking fire-pot and blazing torch pass between the two halves of the animals indicating God’s sealing of the covenant. God specifies the extent of the land given to Abram.

James 3: 1 – 12

We are reminded to take care as teachers and not all of us should teach since what teachers say is judged more strictly and there isn’t anyone who makes no mistakes.

The tongue, though small is like a bit in a horse, a rudder for a ship or a spark of fire in a forest. All are tiny yet guide or take charge. Our tongues are hard to tame. We will praise God then curse a person who is made in God’s likeness: this should not be. Salt water and fresh water do not come from the same spring neither do figs and olives come from the same tree.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Evening on the Ovens River
Harrietville Vic  L Osburn
Holy and gracious God you are the source of all our provision including our gifts and talents. When enemies, doubts and our own tongues get in the way and harm our relationships remind us of your ancient and faithful people who had a close contact with you and who knew that salt and fresh water do not come from the same spring. Help us to govern our tongues and choose to treat everyone with respect and dignity so we too can be springs of your spirit and truth through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Please leave a comment or feedback.

No comments: