Wednesday, 25 May 2016

26 May 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Thursday 26 May 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalms 65 and 70

Psalm 65 is a glorious hymn of praise to God, who forgives us, saves us, satisfies our souls and creates the world and everything in it. In particular it gives praise for the food we receive at harvest time.

Psalm 70 is a plea for help in time of urgent need. It asks for those who seek harm to be confused and turned back and those who seek God to rejoice and give praise.

1 Chronicles 28: 1 – 19

David assembles all the officials and leaders in Jerusalem and explains why he is not permitted to build the temple. He hands to Solomon all the plans, including all the details. He charges Solomon and the people to faithfully follow God’s commandments and ordinances. He warns that the Lord searches every heart and mind: stay loyal, be strong and act.

Acts 5: 12 – 26

The apostles go to Solomon’s portico in the temple and teach and heal the sick and afflicted. People come, believe and are healed even by Peter’s shadow. The high priest and the Sadducees arrest them all and imprison them. But in the night an angel of the Lord releases them and at daybreak they return to the temple and teach.

Meanwhile the high priest sends to the prison for the apostles only to find they are gone, the guards are there and the doors still locked. The captain goes with the temple police to bring the apostles before the high priest respectfully. They are afraid of being stoned by the people.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Cuddle SA
God of miracles and wonders, you take us and by your Holy Spirit fill us with your power to teach and heal for your glory. Help us to love you and to love others. Keep us in your grace, guide us, protect us and fill us with courage and will to act so that we fulfil your plan through Christ your son our Lord. Amen.

Thursday 26 May 2016

Evening Prayer

Psalm 66

A great song of praise to God: “Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth” (v 1).  The psalmist lists the gifts of God and particularly that prayers are answered. God is a God of steadfast love.

Deuteronomy 9: 22 – 10: 6

Moses continues reminding the Israelites of their stubbornness and how he had to intercede for them.

In the last verse Aaron dies and is succeeded by his son Eleazar.

2 Corinthians 1: 12 – 22

Paul encourages the Corinthians by saying that his successes and God’s rescues of him are something the Corinthians can boast about since their prayers assisted. Similarly their successes, Paul can boast about – since they all are really boasting about God.

Paul responds to criticism about going to Corinth and Macedonia and back to Corinth rather than staying and committing to one place. He had a plan: to spend time in both places and collect their contributions for the church in Jerusalem. There was no vacillation. He was seeing both. It was “Yes, Yes” – just as God says to us. God loves us all not one or the other of us. Paul, like Corinth is part of the whole bound together by the Holy Spirit.

Collect for Evening Prayer

The pier
Ceduna SA  L Osburn
Wonderful God you love the righteous, the faithful, the humble and poor and the stubborn. You keep on forgiving us and through grace you give us opportunities to be united with all your people through your Holy Spirit. Put generosity in our hearts that we too may see you and Christ in others and truly and faithfully serve you by serving them through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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