Saturday, 14 May 2016

15 May 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Sunday 15 May 2016
Pentecost or Whitsunday
Morning Prayer

Song of God’s Children[1]
Romans 8:2, 14, 15b – 19

Christ who is the life-giving law of the Spirit has set us free. Being led by the Spirit of God we can call the Father, Daddy. The Spirit lets us know we are children of God and therefore heirs, fellow heirs with Christ. If we share Christ’s sufferings now we will be glorified with Christ and whatever we suffer, is nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed. All creation waits eagerly for the glory of God to be revealed.

John 14: 12 – 29

Jesus says those who believe will do greater things than him because he is going to the Father. However, if we ask in Jesus’s name he will do what we ask so that God can be glorified through him.

If we love Christ we will receive the Advocate, the spirit of truth. Jesus tells the disciples that he is leaving and going to the Father and that he is alive and in the disciples and they in him. God will love those who keep Jesus’s commandments and Jesus will be revealed to them. God with Christ will make their home in them.

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit will teach us and remind us what Jesus said. Jesus gives his peace and reassures the disciples “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (v. 27). If the disciples loved Jesus they would rejoice that he is going to the Father.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Autumn roses
Harrietville Vic  L Osburn

Holy wonderful God, you love us with a love that has no end. Help us today to say and sing in a myriad of ways “I love you and that’s all I truly know”, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday 15 May 2016
Evening Prayer

Numbers 11: 24 – 30

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.

Psalm 103: 13 – 22

As parents have compassion for their children so God has compassion for us. Our lives are fleeting and short like a flower or like grass.
God’s steadfast love is eternal. God is eternal and mighty. “Bless the Lord, O my soul” (V.22).

Romans 8: 18 – 27

We live lives that include suffering and decay. We hold out hope in release to eternal life. Hope is not hope if we see that hope delivered. Hope is hope because the thing hoped for cannot be seen. We wait patiently.

And the spirit within us intercedes with God even when we cannot find the words to pray. Our spirit intercedes in sighs too deep for words.

Collect for Evening Prayer

The great thanksgiving
Deniliquin NSW D Stevens
Generous compassionate and loving God you heal us, forgive us and redeem us. You have given us your Holy Spirit. We are living frail and impermanent lives subject to suffering and pain. Help us to bless you deep within our souls and to hope for that which we cannot see so that we and all creation, may one day be free forever with you through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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[1] A Prayer Book for Australia p. 394

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