Sunday, 13 March 2016

14 March 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 14 March 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 34

This is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise and one that teaches people to love and fear the Lord, to avoid evil and to seek peace. The psalmist teaches, “the Lord redeems the life of his servants” (v22).

Jeremiah 40: 1 – 12

Jeremiah is given his freedom, food and a choice of where he will live. He decides to stay in Mizpah with Gelaliah who had been appointed governor. Gelaliah promises to faithfully represent the people to Babylon. The remnant peoples congregate, take over land left by the exiles, make it productive and store the excess.

Matthew 21: 23 – 46

Jesus is questioned about his authority. He is able to turn the question around. He tells parables of judgement. If we recognise God’s hand in the ministry of John the Baptist and Christ we will listen, follow and inherit the kingdom. If we think God has no role then we need to resolve the question of the miracles, healing and ministry of both.

Collect for Morning Prayer

South Australia L Osburn
Empowering God you have given us the freedom to choose to submit or rebel: to choose peace in the here and now, to choose stability and to choose your authority. Help us to be confident and secure in our choice and respect the choices of others so that your transforming grace may be experienced by all through Jesus Christ our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 14 March 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 119: 17 – 40

In this section of the psalm is the plea to be taught and to be shown how to live out the commandments daily and how to read and understand scripture. There is a plea for protection against ridicule or harm by others because of our desire to be with and know God.

Exodus 7: 8 – 24

God tells Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh again. First the staff of Moses becomes a snake. Pharaoh’s magicians can do that too. Moses’s snake eats the magicians’ snakes. When this has no effect on Pharaoh, Moses and Aaron raise the staff and cause the water of the Nile to run red like blood and the fish to die. Pharaoh’s magicians can do this too. Pharaoh turns away, none of this affects him.

Galatians 6: 11– 18

Paul, himself writes the last section of this letter – he isn’t a trained scribe so his letters are larger. The outward bodily signs of belief (circumcision, marks of persecution for faith) are not what we are to boast about or worry about. What we boast about is Christ crucified for us and as a consequence, our separation from the call of the world. This new creation is everything. Paul blesses the readers.

Collect for Evening Prayer

The Lord's Prayer in Arabic
From the home of a Syrian Christian
L Osburn
Merciful and gracious God, everything is possible with you. You do not need signs or wonders from us. You only ask that we have humble and contrite hearts open to your word and offer of grace. Help us Lord each and every day to recommit ourselves to you, to start again as a new creation through Jesus Christ. Amen.                  

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