9 April 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Saturday 9 April 2016
Psalm 89: 39 - 53
The psalm is about a descendant of David for whom there has been losses in battle, destruction of the city and removal of the office of King. It laments the withdrawal of the support and protection of God. This is an appeal to God to remember the promises to David.
Leviticus 19: 23 – 37
This is a series of commandments about ethical behaviour. There are instructions about: animal breeding, sowing of seed in fields, sexual relations with someone who is the slave of another, care of food trees, dietary rules, no occult practices, hair dressing, clothing and no cutting of skin or tattoos. Parents are to make sure their daughters are not prostitutes. The Sabbath is to be kept and the sanctuary respected. We are to get up in the morning before the elder family members and defer to them. We are not to oppress the aliens in our land for Israel was once an alien people in Egypt. All weights and measures need to be accurate.
Luke 24: 36 – 53
Luke tells of Jesus appearing with the disciples, showing his wounds and asking for something to eat. He helps them understand what they had witnessed. He promises them that they would be clothed in power from on high and when they receive it, they may leave the city.
They all go to Bethany. Jesus blesses them, withdraws and is carried up to heaven. They worship him, return to Jerusalem, go to the temple and continually bless God.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Holy and almighty God, you are always concerned for our well-being and that we do nothing that harms our bodies, the land, other people or reduces our capacity to have a direct relationship with you. You watched and waited and then you sent your Son to redeem us. You came to us. Help us take this in. Help us understand and appreciate the wonders of your love so that we are energised and determined to pass this love to others for your glory through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Saturday 9 April 2016
This psalm is one of reassurance and comfort about the care and protection the faithful have from God. “For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (v.11)”. This is a reminder of God’s loving protection and deliverance to those who call for salvation.
Exodus 18: 10 – 27
Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law watches Moses and says, “Now listen to me. I will give you counsel and God be with you!” (v.19). Jethro proposes that to avoid burn-out, Moses delegates the judging of cases and teaching the law in a structured manner in the community. Moses followed Jethro’s advice. Jethro returns home.
1 Peter 5
The writer instructs the elders of the church to tend the people and have oversight of junior members and be examples for them and humble in dealing with them. The younger members are to accept the authority of the elders and deal humbly with each other.
We are to be humble before God and give God all our anxieties. We are to be alert to temptation that creeps like a lion and resist. God will restore, strengthen us and support us through all the difficult times.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Compassionate God from the earliest times you have helped leaders work to bring justice and knowledge to your people and to support us as we resist temptation. We thank you. We bring to you this night the work of our week, the times we did not give you our anxieties and, the times we did not seek out a mentor or do not delegate, or ask for help. Be with us loving God as we reflect on this week. Restore and strengthen us so that we can begin refreshed and open to your care through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
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