Monday, 8 February 2016

9 February 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 9 February 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 89: 39 - 53

The psalm is about a descendant of David for whom there has been losses in battle, destruction of the city and removal of the office of King. It laments the withdrawal of the support and protection of God. This is an appeal to God to remember the promises to David.

Jeremiah 22: 20 – 23: 8

Jeremiah prophesies even more destruction and exile.  “O land, land, land hear the word of the Lord”. Jeremiah prophesies that God will, after the exile, bring back a handful of people and a branch of the family of David will emerge to rule with justice and righteousness.

Luke 4: 16 – 30

Jesus goes to Nazareth, the town where he was brought up. On the Sabbath he goes to the synagogue. He is handed the scroll of Isaiah to read from, chooses a passage then sits to teach. The passage talks about being anointed with the Spirit of the Lord to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for prisoners, recovery of sight to the blind and release to the oppressed. In his teaching he says this passage of scripture is fulfilled – today, in your hearing. At this point he is praised and people are amazed confirming isn’t this Joseph’s son?

Then Jesus starts the conversation saying that they might expect him to do these things in Nazareth and Israel, focusing on him. He talks about past prophets who though there was great strife at home and in the land: famines and leprosy were sent to restore individuals in Sidon or Syria.

The people become outraged. They do not allow him to continue. Instead they drive him out of town and threaten to throw him off the cliff. Jesus instead walks through the crowd and on his way.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Gum blossom and bee
Milawa Vic  L Osburn
Holy Lord of Spirit and truth you protect us, guide us where we need to be and teach us if we are open to you. Grant that we may sufficiently accept your anointing grace that we take our place in proclaiming your good news, bringing your freedom, vision and release wherever we are now, today, so that your scripture may be fulfilled in us through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday 9 February 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 91

This psalm is one of reassurance and comfort about the care and protection the faithful have from God. “For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (v.11)”. This is a reminder of God’s loving protection and deliverance to those who call for salvation.

Genesis 35: 16 – 29, 36: 6 – 8

This section tells of the birth of Benjamin Rachel’s second child and her death in childbirth. The family of Israel is outlined. Isaac’s death leads to the establishment of Esau and his family in hill country.

Jude: 17 – 25

Jude writes that we should be prepared for scoffers and opposition. Our job is to build up our faith, pray in the Holy Spirit and to keep us in God’s Love. Only God can keep us from falling.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Holy Spirit
St Saviour's Anglican Church Gladstone Qld
L Osburn

Holy and faithful God, we thank you for your gifts, your constancy and your mercies. We join with Jude saying, to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power and authority, before all time now and forever. Amen.

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