11 June 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Saturday 11 June 2016
Psalms 95 and 96
Sing to God songs of praise for all things God has done for us. Be joyful. Make a noise. Do not harden your heart like the Israelites did when they were wandering in the wilderness.
Sing praise to the Lord! Ascribe to God the glory of creation. Let everything, the heavens, the trees, everything sing and praise God.
2 Chronicles 5:11 – 6:11
In the newly built temple the priests come out from the holy place. The musicians and singers including priest who are trumpeters stand to the east of the altar. They sing and play prise to God. A thick cloud appears so dense the priests cannot stand. Solomon says that the Lord said he resides in thick darkness.
Solomon blesses the Lord and acknowledges that everything the Lord said to David has come to pass.
Acts 9: 19b – 31
Saul stays with the disciples in Damascus for several days. He begins teaching in the synagogue proving that Jesus is the Messiah. The believers in Damascus are concerned initially knowing Saul’s reputation. He earns their trust and confounds the Jews. The Hellenistic Jews plot to kill him. They watch the gates. Saul is let out of the city in a basket. He goes to Jerusalem. The disciples there are afraid of him. Barnabas advocates for Saul telling the story of Saul’s encounter with Christ on the road and how boldly Saul taught about Christ. The believers accept him and send him to Tarsus.
Collect for Morning Prayer
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Alpine National Park Harrietville
God of wonders, you do great things for us. You are with us and you turn enemies into trusted people of great purpose and mission for you. When we are feeling blocked and pushed out help us to remember that no-one can stand before you and to keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge of you, so that we keep going, keep singing your praises and come to your freedom through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Sunday 11 June 2016
Psalms 97 and 98
The first psalm celebrates God using the theme of God as sovereign. God guards the lives of those who are faithful and delivers them from the wicked. Let everyone who is faithful rejoice and praise God.
The psalm is a summons to all nations and people to praise the Lord and rejoice in this name. God’s is the victory, God’s is the strength and we are God’s people. God comes to judge the earth with righteousness and equity.
Deuteronomy 28: 58 – 68
Moses in great detail outlines the consequences of not following the law – every malady and affliction, exile, slavery, lack of employment, anxiety, poor sight and loss of hope.
2 Corinthians 10: 13 – 11: 6
Paul talks about how he works within the range he has been given – he stays within his limits. He was the first to bring the good news to Corinth and hopes to be able to take it to other places. Any boasting about the growth of the church should be boasting in God alone. The Lord's commendations are the ones of value.
Paul uses the metaphor of the church as the wife of Christ. Just as Eve was tempted so the Corinthians have been led away from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. They have believed in a “different Jesus” and received a “different spirit” and a “different gospel” because other disciples have arrived and are trying to turn the church from the original Jesus and the original message.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Holy and almighty God, you are the strength and through you all things are possible. Hold us in the sincere and pure love of Christ so that we follow your commandments, boast only in you and give you thanks and praise for all the current members of your church and those who come to find you our Lord and saviour through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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