Friday, 13 May 2016

14 May 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 14 May 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 34

This is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise and one that teaches people to love and fear the Lord, to avoid evil and to seek peace. The psalmist teaches, “the Lord redeems the life of his servants” (v22).

Numbers 36

The leaders of Manasseh son of Joseph tribe come to Moses and argue for a change in the law related to women who inherit property (Numbers 27: 1 – 11). They tell Moses that if the woman marries then her property becomes the property of the other tribal group and at the Jubilee (every 49 years) it will still remain the property of the new tribe.

Moses makes an amendment to the law that an heiress must marry within the tribe so that property does not exchange. The five women affected marry within their tribe.

Acts 1: 15 – 26

Peter speaks to the gathered believers (about 120 people) and tells them what happened to Judas Iscariot and that his position in the disciples needs to be filled. Two names are chosen Joseph (aka Barsabbas or Justus) and Matthias. Prayers are offered to God who knows everyone’s heart to choose. Then they cast lots and Matthias gains the position.

Collect for Morning Prayer

The bridge
Fishing Fleet Fremantle Harbour
WA  L Osburn
Empowering and encouraging God, you have made us in your likeness and given us the power to reason, make decisions, review previous decisions and organise ourselves. You have made us co-creators with you. Be with us this day as we make decisions, plan, and review. Give us courage and strength to argue for changes if they are needed so that we, your body, can effectively bring your kingdom and your glory into every part of the world through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Saturday 14 May 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 119: 17 – 40

In this section of the psalm is the plea to be taught and to be shown how to live out the commandments daily and how to read and understand scripture. There is a plea for protection against ridicule or harm by others because of our desire to be with and know God.

Numbers 11: 16 – 17 and 24 – 30

God hears Moses when he is feeling burnt-out by the pressures of leadership and tells him to gather 70 elders. God says he will transfer some of the spirit he gave to Moses to them so that they can carry some of the burden of the care of the people.

When the spirit is transferred people began to prophecy. Two who are among the registered 70 are not at the tent of meeting but stay in the camp. The spirit also comes on them and they prophesy too (though only once).  A young man runs to Moses with this news. Joshua is shocked and wants Moses to stop the two in the camp. Moses says that he doesn’t own the gift of prophecy and that it would be great if everyone were a prophet.

1 Corinthians 14: 13 – 25

Paul continues his discussion on speaking in tongues. If we have the gift of speaking in tongues it is good to ask also for the gift of interpretation. Paul can speak in tongues and he makes sure he also speaks so that others can understand. We might pray deeply and spiritually but if no one can understand us they cannot say the Amen.

Paul asks the Corinthians to be like babies to evil but in matters of the spirit to be grown-up and use their minds too. If the church is speaking in tongues and an outsider arrives they may think everyone is disturbed and go away. If however, the church is prophesying a newcomer’s heart will be uncovered and that person will recognise that God is with the people and worship God.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Cascade of autumn leaves
Milawa Vic L Osburn
Holy and almighty God, you want our lives to be full of faith, joy and close to you. We thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit and the wonderful ways we can give you thanks and praise and spread the knowledge of your wondrous love. As we reflect on today, help us see how we used our gifts, to enable others to see that you are real, that you are with us and so feel that pull of grace to worship you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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