Wednesday, 20 April 2016

21 April 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Thursday 21 April 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalms 121, 122 and 123

In these three psalms the themes are the eternal faithfulness of God and how God cares for us; the joy and gladness we experience as we enter the house of the Lord with a prayer for safety and peace in Jerusalem, and finally, a prayer for deliverance from those who ridicule and oppress us.

Numbers 10:  35 – 11: 15

The Israelites in the desert complain.  Moses prays to God and says that the people want meat. Their wants and demands are too much for him to bear.

John 11: 45 – 54

There are people who witness Jesus bringing Lazarus back from the dead. They report to the Pharisees who become scared because the people are likely to believe Jesus is the Messiah and then the Romans will probably destroy everyone and the temple. The high priest Caiaphas says it is better for one man to die for the people than the nation to die – there is an aside here that he had already prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation and gather into one the dispersed children of God.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Duck about to go surfing
Esperance WA L Osburn
Almighty God you care for us. You care so much that you listen to our concerns and sent your own Son to die for our sake and the sake of every person. Please keep us thankful for your great mercies through this day so that we will be enlivened by you to step out in courage, do your will and live our lives to your glory through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thursday 21 April 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 119: 129 – 152

The psalmist declares a passion for the scripture and the commandments.  There is a request to learn and know them better. There too is recognition that others do not share this zeal and that leads to persecution. There is a plea to be saved from harm.

Exodus 28: 1 – 6 and 29: 1 – 9

The first section is the description of God’s instructions to Moses about the garments the high priest will wear.

The second section is the instructions for ordaining Aaron’s sons. This instruction includes that they should wear a cap.

1 Corinthians 6: 1 – 11

Paul exhorts the Corinthians to use their Christian principles to settle disputes. It is better he says to be wronged or robbed. Those who defraud or rob will not attain the kingdom of God. He reminds people that they too were not perfect but have been washed, sanctified and justified in the name of Jesus and in God’s Spirit. 

Collect for Evening Prayer

From the fishing pier
Esperance WA  L Osburn
Loving God you have given us your commandments, instructions, guides, examples of people of faith and your Son to help us live our lives in your presence and glory. As we reflect on today, in that quiet time, bring us back to you and refresh us in your love and grace so that we may go out again with joy and purpose into your world tomorrow through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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