Saturday, 11 June 2016

12 June 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Sunday 12 June 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 34

This is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise and one that teaches people to love and fear the Lord, to avoid evil and to seek peace. The psalmist teaches, “the Lord redeems the life of his servants” (v22).

Revelation 4: 1 – 8

John has a vision where he his taken up in the spirit to a throne with one seated on it and he describes the details around: 24 elders worshipping, 4 creatures with eyes seeing all, lamp stands and a crystal sea. Without ceasing the creatures sing “Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come” (v.8).

Collect for Morning Prayer

Bay off King George's Sound
Albany WA L Osburn
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, you are the one we need to focus on. Help us look to you, continually praise you turn away from anything evil and seek peace so that our spirit to may be lifted up and experience your great and all encompassing presence through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen.

Sunday 12 June 2016
Evening Prayer

Ecclesiastes 2: 12 – 26

The preacher considers wisdom and madness and folly. No matter who we are king or follower we will all die – so why be wise? It is all vanity. All the work we do will be left to others who may or may not look after it: they will be in charge. Everything we toil for will be left to someone else who didn’t work for it. It is enough to make you despair. But that thinking is also vanity and evil too. We work hard, work gives us vexation and even at night our minds don’t rest… it is all vanity.

Humans like to eat and drink and find pleasure in what they do. This is God’s gift. If we do God’s will this is our reward and if we don’t we toil and others benefit.

Psalms 32

This psalm is a dialogue between human and God. First the human acknowledges the freedom that comes from forgiven sin and after a period of painful silence, repents. The last section is full of God’s care, concern and promises to us.

Luke 8: 22 – 25

Jesus quieting the storm with the result that he asks where is the disciples’ faith and they wonder who Jesus is since he can control the weather.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Albany WA L Osburn
Gracious loving and all-powerful God, you want us to enjoy our lives and the work we do and to feel the freedom that comes through doing your will, repenting when we make mistakes and trusting in Jesus. When we are facing pain, suffering and our mortality be with us. Remind us that sin and doubt are the real problem and refocus us to your gifts of care, grace and quietness through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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