Thursday, 19 May 2016

20 May 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 20 May 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 48

This psalm praises Mt Zion City of God its walls and grandeur. Moreover, it is the place where God can be found and kings approaching fall and fail once they recognise God dwells here. In the temple the people ponder God’s steadfast love and praise God’s name throughout the earth. The psalmist tells us to come to the holy city, walk around; go into the citadels so that we can tell our children and their children that this God, our God will be our guide forever.

1 Chronicles 17

David talks with Nathan the prophet with an idea to build a house for God – a place where the Ark of the Covenant can rest. Nathan initially thinks that is a good idea.

The Lord speaks to Nathan. It is not David’s job to build the temple. It will be one of his son’s who does it. David needs to be the king. For his faithfulness God will establish David’s house and line.

David gives humble thanks to God recognising this great gift and also recognising that for God this is small. He recommits Israel to God.

Acts 3: 1 – 16

Peter and John go to the temple. At the gate called Beautiful is a lame beggar who asks for alms. Peter utters the famous words: ‘Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (v. 6).

The people in the temple hear about the miracle and flock. Peter tells them they did not do this on their own – from their own piety but through the name of Christ. God, the God of Abraham glorified Jesus who you crucified. “You killed the Holy One, the Author of Life who God raised from the dead” (v.15). By faith, through using Jesus’s name this man’s health is restored.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Wind vane
Busselton Pier WA  L Osburn
 Holy and almighty God you are all powerful and full of generosity. Thank you for all your blessings. Strengthen our faith today and our commitment to you. Help us see your blessings for us so that we may bless and praise you throughout this new day through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Friday 20 May 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 49

This is a riddle psalm / song.
Why should we worry about persecutors, the wealthy? No one can live forever. The wise and foolish die too. All possessions are left to others. Mortals can’t abide all the pomp of life – we will die. Those who are pleased with their lot will die. But God will ransom my soul and receive me.

Don’t be afraid when someone becomes richer and they are happy in their life. They and they ancestors will be gone. Mortals can’t abide all the pomp of life – we will die.

Ruth 4

Boaz in the city immediately meets the person who is Naomi’s direct next of kin. He calls over 10 witnesses. He tells the story of Naomi and that her husband’s property and Ruth the wife of one of his sons can be redeemed. The next of kin cannot redeem the property without damaging his own inheritance so he tells Boaz to acquire it for himself and they seal the deal. Boaz is blessed by the witnesses returns, marries Ruth whose first son is Obed who becomes the father of Jesse who is the father of David who becomes the king.

1 Corinthians 15: 51 – 58

Paul says, we will not all die; we will be transformed. We will put on an imperishable body. Sin is the thing that gives death any power and the law lets us know our sins – so we feel guilt, that sting of death. But Jesus gives us the victory over death so we can be steadfast in our faith and continue the work of the Lord since it is not in vain.

Collect for Evening Prayer
Looking across the Indian Ocean
Cape Leeuwin WA  L Osburn

Wonderful and generous God you have redeemed us and given us a new and imperishable life in you. What joy is ours! Our thanks and praise to you is eternal. Be with us now as we reflect on your love for us so that we feel the freedom and the courage you bring to us through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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