Thursday, 10 March 2016

11 March 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 11 March 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalms 28 and 29

In the first psalm, the there is an appeal to not be like people who don’t believe and / or those who are deceitful. The psalmist changes focus and reminds us how big and powerful God is who saves and shepherds the people forever.

The next psalm picks up this theme on the almighty power of God just by whose voice water, forests, mountains and fire dance or whirl. The Lord’s power brings people confidence and peace.

Jeremiah 38: 14 – 28

Zedekiah has a private conversation with Jeremiah at the temple. He promises not to kill Jeremiah and wants to know the prophecy. Zedekiah tells Jeremiah his fears.  Jeremiah is clear and reassures Zedekiah that if he surrenders to the Chaldeans he will live. If not, he will die, the women and children will be led out to the invading army and Jerusalem will burn. Zedekiah knows Jeremiah will be questioned about the conversation so they set up a cover story. Jeremiah is questioned. The cover story is plausible so he is safe. Jeremiah remains in the court of the king’s guard.

Luke 19: 11 – 27

Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, some hope to be crowned King, but he is not. He tells part of the parable to help them understand he will instead go away and return some time in the future, as the King and judgement will come to those who reject God. The second part of the parable is for those who are faithful, to get on with building the Kingdom and doing the work. Doing it cautiously is fine. Doing nothing is not acceptable.

Collect for Morning Prayer

To a retreat cabin
The Abbey Benedictine Community
Jamberoo NSW  L Osburn
 Loving God you want us to live fully and to experience salvation. You have taught us through the scriptures and the life and ministry of Jesus what we need to do: love you, follow you and to share you with everyone. Help us today to take action, even cautious steps, so that at your return a world full of people will welcome you with praise and thanksgiving through Jesus Christ our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Friday 11  March 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalms 30 and 32

The first psalm is of praise and thanksgiving for healing and prayers answered.

The second psalm begins telling us how happy are those whose sins are forgiven. The psalmist recounts how he was unwell and until he acknowledged his sins and confessed. Healing began. He encourages all to offer prayer when distressed and warns us not to be stubborn about it.  Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

Exodus 4: 27 – 6: 1

Moses and Aaron ask Pharaoh for the Hebrews to be allowed three days off to worship God. This is denied. I instead Pharaoh increases the workload of the Hebrews – they have to source the straw as well as make the bricks and still keep their production at the same level.
The oppression is great and the supervisors complain to Pharaoh who calls them lazy. They complain to Moses who asks God. God reasserts that the Hebrews will be freed and Pharaoh’s behaviour means that God’s hand will be revealed.

Hebrews 13: 7 – 17

The writer encourages the people to focus on Christ as the teacher and guide for their lives. He says not to worry about dietary laws since we are fed by grace. We are to know that Christ was the sacrifice and to not get caught up in rituals. Our sacrifice is one of praise to God, is confession of belief in God and, is to do good to others and share what we have.

Collect for Evening Prayer

The Abbey Benedictine Community
Jamberoo NSW  L Osburn
Saving God time and time again you have saved us from all sorts of trouble. You have also shown us that sometimes, when people’s hearts are hard, that is an opportunity for your greatness to shine through. We thank you for the gifts of today and ask that we be refreshed this evening so that we may continually sing to your praise and glory through Jesus Christ and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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