Sunday, 15 May 2016

16 May 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 16 May 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 38

The psalmist is dreadfully ill, so much so that friends stand a bit further away and people who seek harm spread rumours. The psalmist stays quiet, trusting God, praying and asking for God’s salvation.

1 Chronicles 10: 1 – 11: 9

The Philistines and Saul’s army fight. Three of Saul’s sons are killed and Saul is wounded. He asks his armour bearer to kill him so that the enemy does not humiliate him. The armour-bearer refuses and Saul falls on his own sword. The armour bearer kills himself.

The enemy displays Saul’s head. Faithful local people come and retrieve Saul’s remains and those of his sons and bury them. Saul had been unfaithful to God and had consulted a medium for guidance rather than the Lord.

The people press David to be their king since he is the anointed one.

Acts 2: 1 – 13

The Holy Spirit with the sound of a violent wind comes to the disciples and others where they are gathered. Divided tongues of fire rested on each person’s head. They begin speaking in other languages about God’s deeds of power, which, people from all the parts of the Mediterranean can understand. Most are perplexed asking, what can this mean? There were some who just think they are drunk.

Collect for Morning Prayer

The right equipment.  Murrumbateman NSW  L Osburn
Resourcing, equipping, healing and enabling God we give you thanks and praise for the mighty and amazing power you make available to us through your Holy Spirit. Yours is the power. Yours is the glory. Keep us secure in this knowledge so that we are always faithful, trusting and steadfast in our love and commitment to you and supported by you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Monday 16 May 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 39

The psalmist is mortally ill and perceives his illness to be punishment from God. He decides to be calm and quiet in the presence of people who would bring him more grief. He asks to know how much time he has left. Humans are like passing guests, aliens. The psalmist asks for a little relief so that he can smile before he dies.

Deuteronomy 34

Moses goes up to Mount Nebo and sees the expanse of The Promised Land. He dies there and is buried in the valley. Never has there been a prophet like Moses who had as close communication and guidance from God or done what he did.

1 Corinthians 14: 26 – 40

Paul requires the Corinthians to conduct their gatherings is an orderly way. To only bring to the group those things that will build and strengthen the group, to take turns, to listen and to leave questions to private places so as not to disrupt.

Collect for Evening Prayer

At the Red Stag Farm
Eurobin Vic L Osburn
Holy Lord you have sent us great leaders and prophets to guide us. Help us discern who are your true leaders. Help us to be reassured of your protection, care and love and to use the precious times we have in reflection to be close to you so that we may be built up, refreshed and strengthened to do your will to your glory through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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