23 April 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Saturday 23 April 2016
Psalms 124, 125 and 126
If it had not been for the Lord the enemy forces would have attacked and overwhelmed us like a flood. Blessed be the Lord. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Those who trust in God shall never be moved. God will surround and support us. The psalmist prays for blessing on the faithful and that evil be kept away from us.
When we are restored we are full of joy and praise and others notice that our God has done great things for us. So we ask to be restored, that those in tears reap joy and those who weep and sow seeds come back with an abundant harvest.
Miriam and Aaron criticise Moses’s on two grounds: first his choice of wife, and second that now others are also prophesying, they fear that Moses’s leadership can be challenged. God calls all three to the tent of meeting and explains the different relationship he has with Moses – direct – compared to via dreams and visions with prophets. Miriam turns white and has to be excluded from the camp for seven days. Aaron repents as soon as he sees Miriam’s condition.
John 12: 9 – 19
A crowd comes to Bethany to see Jesus and Lazarus. The chief priests decide both should die since it is Lazarus’s resurrection that draws many to believe in Jesus. The next Day the crowd hears Jesus is coming to Jerusalem so they gather with palm branches and shout “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord – the King of Israel!” (v.13).
The disciples do not understand this at the time but do later. The Pharisees realise that the people are with Jesus and nothing can be done to change that.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Albany WA L Osburn
Saturday 23 April 2016
Psalms 127, 128 and 129
Unless the Lord is with us in what we do, our labour is in vain. Rising early, working late and being anxious about things are not part of God’s plan.
Those who walk with God are blessed to have the freedom to eat our own produce, prosperity sufficient for women to be creative and children to flourish. It is a blessing to see our grandchildren.
God has preserved us from all assaults in the past. The psalmist asks that those who are enemies of God not prevail.
God tells Moses the names of particular people who have the crafts skills to design and construct what is required in the tent of meeting and the Ark of the Covenant. God reinforces the Sabbath as a day of rest and gives Moses the tablets of stone on which the covenant is written.
1 Corinthians 7: 1 – 11
Paul answers a question from the Corinthians (not present in the text) about marriage. Sexual immortality happens and therefore marriage is advised. The wife and the husband are to respect each other and be considerate about conjugal rights. Paul condones temporary separations and he does not condone divorce. He does condone celibacy for those who have the self-control.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Monastery in the outback|
New Norcia Benedictine Community
Holy and loving God you want us to be in close relationship with you and with each other in love, care and respect. Give us the tools and inclination to put as much effort into building the temple for you in our hearts as you gave those first craft workers in the desert and, to recognise your presence in each other so that we demonstrate your love and respect for all people and bring glory to you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
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