Sunday, 10 April 2016

11 April 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 11 April 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalms 95 and 96

Sing to God songs of praise for all things God has done for us. Be joyful. Make a noise. Do not harden your heart like the Israelites did when they were wandering in the wilderness.

Sing praise to the Lord! Ascribe to God the glory of creation. Let everything, the heavens, the trees, everything sing and praise God.

Leviticus 22: 31 – 23: 11 and 23: 15 – 16

God reiterates that commandments are to be kept, that there is one God and that we are not to make God’s holy name just one of the regular words in the world. God gives Moses a command about the essential festivals of the year the Sabbath each week, Passover, Festival of Unleavened Bread and, the Harvest Festival where a sheaf of grain is raised up before God. Seven weeks (50 days) after the Harvest Festival then a new offering is presented.

John 9: 1 – 12

Jesus and the disciples encounter a blind man. The disciples ask whether the man is blind because of sins by his parents or his own sins. Jesus says, neither, but that he is blind so that Jesus could do what he is sent to do. This is possible while Jesus is with us but there will be a time when such healing is not possible. Community members test and question the previously blind man about his identity and how the healing occurred.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Harrietville Vic  L Osburn
 Holy and almighty God you provide us with sacred spaces, give us rest, encourage joy and thankfulness, heal us and teach us. Give us grace today to accept the people we encounter as our opportunity to do what we are here to do: to use our skills and abilities and to love our neighbour so that your peace and love spread throughout the world you love through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 11 April 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalms 97 and 98

The first psalm celebrates God using the theme of God as sovereign. God guards the lives of those who are faithful and delivers them from the wicked. Let everyone who is faithful rejoice and praise God.

The psalm is a summons to all nations and people to praise the Lord and rejoice in this name. God’s is the victory, God’s is the strength and we are God’s people. God comes to judge the earth with righteousness and equity.

Exodus 19: 1 – 15

Moses and the people arrive at Sinai. Moses goes up the mountain and God instructs that the people are to get ready, wash their clothes and not go near the mountain.

1 Corinthians 1: 1 – 9

Paul greets and blesses the Christians in Corinth. He gives thanks for the people’s knowledge and eloquence – their strengths. He states that God will strengthen them and be faithful to the end.

Collect for Evening Prayer

On the way home
Drysdale NSW  L Osburn
Holy and loving God you want to be in relationship with us. You want to engage with, talk to, interact with and strengthening us. Be with us now as we reflect on today and help us recognise times when we could have called on you and did not and those times when you were with us, supporting and uplifting us through the power of your Holy Spirit so that we may celebrate and praise you, sovereign of all, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord Amen.

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