Friday, 11 March 2016

12 March 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 12 March 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 33

This psalm is a great hymn of praise to God citing evidence including creation, oversight of nations, strength beyond that of people or war-horses, the steadfast love that delivers our souls from death. The psalm ends saying our souls wait for the Lord, our hearts are glad because we trust and with an appeal for God’s steadfast love to be with us.

Jeremiah 39

The Chaldean army breaches the city walls. Many are killed. The city burns. Zedekiah escapes, is pursued, his sons are killed; he is tortured and taken to Babylon. Jeremiah is given the choice to stay with the newly appointed governor of Judah or be an exile too. He stays. Some of the poor stay and are given land to farm. The Ethiopian who spoke up for Jeremiah is saved.

Luke 19: 28 – 48

Jesus sends two of the disciples to get a colt from a village. Jesus rides on the colt from the Mount of Olives to the Temple in Jerusalem. People shout blessing and peace. Some Pharisees ask Jesus to instruct the people to be quiet and Jesus says that if he did “even the stones would shout out” (v.40). As Jesus approaches Jerusalem he weeps over the city for its blindness to the way of peace. He prophesies the destruction of the city. He enters the temple and drives out people who are selling things. He teaches in the temple. The people are attentive to his words.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Rain on the paddocks
Near Jerilderie NSW  L Osburn
 Almighty God you love us, and you weep for us. You want us to be on the path to you, refreshed and with our eyes open to the way of peace. Be with us this day as we prepare to celebrate your entry to Jerusalem on your way to make it possible for all of us to come confidently into your presence through Jesus Christ our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saturday 12 March 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 31

This powerful psalm is on the theme of taking refuge in God and has the words “Into your hand I commit my spirit”. The second part asks for God’s grace and the final part praises God and encourages us to love the Lord, “be strong and let your heart take courage” (v. 24).

Exodus 6: 2 – 13 and 6: 28 – 7: 7

God tells Moses to let the Israelites know they will be freed. Moses does but the people cannot hear because they are too oppressed and dispirited. God tells Moses to go back to Pharaoh. Moses counters with –  the people won’t listen, Pharaoh won’t listen either. God agrees that Pharaoh will not listen and that means God will show his power so that all will believe and the Israelites will be freed. Moses and Aaron do as the Lord commands.

Hebrews 13: 18 – 25

The writer asks the people for their prayers. Blesses them beautifully and compassionately. They are asked to pay attention to what is written. He ends with greeting to others and grace.

Collect for Evening Prayer

On the long paddock
Near Jerilderie NSW  L Osburn
Loving and compassionate God your steadfast love and peace is beyond description. Help us even briefly to feel that wondrous love and peace as we contemplate our journey to your home. May we too be complete in everything good so that we do your will and please you, through Jesus Christ to who is the glory forever and ever. Amen.

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