Friday, 19 February 2016

19 February 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 19 February 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalms 110 and 111

The first psalm is about the new king who on coronation has priest privileges. The second praises God for great deeds, honour, majesty, enduring righteousness and mercy.

Jeremiah 27: 12 – 28: 4

Jeremiah has a yoke made and put on his back and neck. He prophesies that all will be under the rule of Nebuchadrezzar and unless they serve him they will perish. All the valuables left in the holy places will go to Babylon. Another prophet Hananiah prophesies the opposite, that all will be restored and returned to two years.

Luke 12: 22 – 34

Jesus teaches about focusing on our relationship with God  and not focusing on stuff, possessions or the future, what will we wear or what will we eat. He teaches generosity and gathering our spiritual wealth in purses that will never wear out, since “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (v.34).

Collect for Morning Prayer

Focus and devotion
New Norcia Benedictine Community WA  L Osburn
 God of salvation and love, in the scriptures and through the life and ministry of Jesus your son, we are reminded that there is a simple test to apply to our lives: is what we are doing focused on you, on our relationship with you, on spiritual health and seeking peace? We thank you for keeping us in your grace and guiding us back to you. Today as we have choices to make, assist us to make the ones that show our heart is with you through Jesus Christ our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Friday 19 February 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalms 112 and 113

The first psalm proclaims that the righteous and faithful will receive good things and good reputations. The second psalm praises God especially for helping those who are humble and poor.

Genesis 42: 1 – 17

Jacob learns that Egypt has surplus grain. He sends his remaining sons except Benjamin, to Egypt. The have an audience with Joseph who they do not recognise and bow before him. He deals with them harshly accusing them of spying. He demands they return and bring Benjamin as proof of their integrity.

Hebrews 6: 9 – 18

There are two unchangeable things on which we can anchor our hope: God’s promise and God’s oath.

Collect for Evening Prayer

On a fishing boat
Fremantle Harbour WA  L Osburn
Everlasting and unchangeable God, we thank you that we can confidently rely on your care for us, and your gift of salvation. Help us to anchor our hopes on you and to say in confidence you are the one and only God. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord our advocate and saviour. Amen.

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