Tuesday, 26 April 2016

27 April 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Wednesday 27 April 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 140

This psalm is an appeal to be delivered from personal enemies – from violent people and those who stir things up, those who speak ill, are arrogant and make evil plots. The psalmist is confident in God’s care.

Numbers 14: 26 – 45

After the Israelites’ complaints and fears about going to the Promised Land God decrees that no one over 20 years of age except Caleb and Joshua will be part of the fulfilled promise. Instead it will take 40 years before they can enter. All the scouts except Caleb and Joshua die from plague.

The people repent and decide they would do as they were told and go to the land. Moses warns them that God is not with them and that they are being disobedient again. Moses and the Ark of the Covenant stay behind. The people who go up to the Promised Land are beaten and driven back.

John 12: 44 – 50

Jesus says that those who believe in him believe in God who sent him, and those who have seen him have seen the Father. He has come to make things clear for those who believe and to save. If people do not believe, Jesus does not judge.

On the last day, Jesus’s word, given to him by God, will be the judge – eternal life.

Collect for Morning Prayer

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Milawa  Vic  L Osburn
Great and loving God, you want the best for us, eternal life and you ask for our faith in your steadfast love and care. Today open our hearts to listen and do your will so that others may see and open their hearts to you too through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wednesday 27 April 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalms 141 and 142

Both psalms are pleas to be delivered from personal enemies. The first includes a willingness to be justly corrected by the righteous. The psalmist asks to be assisted to avoid retaliation of the evil so that the enemies realise the psalmist is not only correct but also gentle.

In the second psalm things are not going well for the psalmist and the pleas for deliverance demonstrate faithfulness.

Exodus 33: 1 – 17

In this section it is clear there is the priestly tabernacle tent in the middle of the camp and a second tent at a distance called the meeting tent where Moses talks directly with God and Joshua is the caretaker.

God instructs Moses to start towards the Promised Land and that he will send an angel to accompany them but not be directly among them. Moses asks that God be with them and be known to be with them – distinct from other people – the people with God.

1 Corinthians 7: 36 – 40

Paul continues with his views on marriage. If a couple are engaged and strongly passionate they should marry. Otherwise it is better not to marry. When people are widowed re-marriage is acceptable but Paul thinks it is more blessed to stay single.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Milawa Vic L Osburn
Steadfast and eternal God, you are with us your people every day and every step even through trouble and heartache. We give you thanks and praise. As we reflect on our day, helps us see when you were with us – even though we may not have recognised it at the time – so that we have even more cause to give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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