Tuesday, 23 February 2016

24 February 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Wednesday 24 February 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalms 130, 131 and 133

The first psalm is a lament and recognition of God’s forgiveness and steadfast love. The second describes deep humility: a calmed and quieted soul that waits in trust for the Lord. The third psalm rejoices in family peace and harmony.

Jeremiah 30: 10 – 22 (23 – 24)

Jeremiah prophesies that Israel will be returned, her grievous hurt will be healed and she will be restored as a nation.

Luke 13: 10 – 21

Jesus heals a woman who does not ask for healing, in the synagogue on the Sabbath. She has been bent over for 18 years. The ruler of the synagogue criticises. Jesus responds by called them hypocrites for animals are freed of their bonds on the Sabbath to go about and to eat. This woman is freed from her bondage. This small act and the presence of God that it reveals, is juxtaposed with the mustard seed and the yeast: something little that makes a big change.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Releasing the chains of sin
St Saviour's Anglican Church
Gladstone Qld   L Osburn
 Splendid God, we feel great joy when we hear of your saving and healing grace. Help us this day to do what we can to free those in bondage, those caught in the grip of something that is not you. Help us to value the small things we do that allow your presence to be experienced even in tiny ways in the confidence that we hasten your kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord and your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Wednesday 24 February 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalms 132 and 134

The first psalm is a reminder to God that David promised to bring the Ark of the Covenant to a permanent dwelling in Jerusalem. God indicates that if David’s offspring keep the commandments then the dynasty will last.

The second psalm is a blessing. Come bless the Lord. Lift up your hands and bless the Lord. May the Lord bless the earth.

Genesis 44: 1 – 17

Joseph orders that the money his brothers repaid for the grain be again restored to their sacks and that his own divination cup be placed in Benjamin’s sack. After the brothers leave the steward is told to catch up with them and search for the cup. The brothers protest their innocence and say whoever took the cup should die but the steward says, no just be a slave. They find the cup in Benjamin’s sack. They all return to Joseph and Judah steps forward to advocate.

Hebrews 8: 7 – 13

Jeremiah prophesies the new covenant, won by Jesus. In this covenant God puts the laws into our minds and writes them on our hearts. Everyone shall know the Lord.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Broken Hill NSW  L Osburn
Caring God, you love us through and through, every one of us. There is no need to fear, there is plenty of reason to rejoice. Help review today and thank you for all your blessings and mercies so that we may rise afresh tomorrow to work to your praise and glory through Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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