3 March 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Thursday 3 March 2016
This psalm is a song of thanks and praise for the demise of past enemies and the eternal presence of God. The Lord is the security for oppressed people and that means individuals too. The psalmist moves to a prayer for individual help. The psalm ends asking God to “let the nations know that they are only human” (v.20).
Jeremiah 33: 10 – 26
Jeremiah prophesies again that God has said that in this place that “is a waste, without human beings or animals” (v’s 10 & 12) life will be restored. And the promises to the patriarchs will be upheld. There will be the re-establishment of the Kingdom from David’s lineage.
Luke 16: 14 – 31
The Pharisees ridicule Jesus. Jesus responds by upholding all the law and the prophets. He tells the story of the rich man and the poor man, Lazarus by the gate. The Mosaic law and the prophets guide us to do what is right for God.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Eyre Peninsula SA L Osburn
Great provider God, you care for us and have given us the means to survive and flourish physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. We thank you; we sing your praises. Help us today in all we do the make choices and act in ways pleasing to you through Jesus Christ our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Thursday 3 March 2016
The psalm begins describing how arrogant wicked people are: how they think God does not see them and that they can get away with anything. But God does see. God will hear the meek and give them strength and provide justice for the orphan and oppressed so that people on earth will “strike terror no more” (v.18).
Genesis 49: 1 – 21
Jacob gathers his sons and tells them their qualities and the future of their descendants. “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah”.
Hebrews 11: 1 – 12
This is an ode to faith. By faith… and the stories from the faithful in the Old Testament are revisited: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah. Their faithfulness is remembered.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Peaceful, trusting gull|
Streaky Bay SA L Osburn
Steadfast and faithful God, you have loved and supported your people from before our beginnings. Help us to trust in you, to keep our faith in you, so that our lives may also bear witness to your love and care for all people now and in the future through Jesus Christ and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
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