Monday, 13 June 2016

14 June 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 14 June 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalms 108 and 109: 20 – 30

The first psalm begins with praising God, giving thanks and acknowledging God’s faithfulness. It moves on to ask for a victory and recognises that if God does not go with us there are no victories.

The portion of the second psalm is a prayer for deliverance “Let them curse, but you will bless”.

2 Chronicles 6: 32 – 7: 6

Solomon at the opening of the temple also prays the following: that foreigners who pray at the temple be heard so that the people of earth know who God is; that when the people go to fight and they pray – be with them; that when the people sin and are handed over to the enemy and taken captive and repent with all their heart and pray toward the land and the temple, forgive them; rise up Lord and rest, let the priests bring salvation and the people rejoice.

Solomon sacrifices and the people praise God and the priests and musicians sing and play.

Acts 10: 1 – 16

In Caesarea Cornelius a centurion of the Italian Cohort, who is a devout, believer in God, gives alms and prays has a vision. He is told to send men to Joppa and bring back Simon called Peter who is in the house of Simon the tanner by the seaside. Cornelius sends two slaves and a believing soldier to Joppa.

Meanwhile in Joppa Peter has a vision of a sheet being lowered to the ground. In it are all manner of creatures, reptiles and birds. A voice says, “Get up Peter: kill and eat.” Peter responds that he has never eaten anything profane or unclean. The voice says, “What God has made clean you must not call profane.” The vision happens three times.

Collect for Morning Prayer

The Footbridge
Tronoh Dredgehole Harrietville Vic
L Osburn
God of steadfast love for all humans, you hear our heartfelt prayers, you forgive when we repent and you bless us and keep us safe from harm. We know your kingdom includes everyone, strangers and those just looking for they too may be your messengers to others. When there are troubles, anxieties and when some people are deep in sin and handed over to the enemy be with us. Help us to reach out to get to know each other even if it involves dealing with illness, managing ridicule and praying through our fears so that our lives are filled with prayer and service, blessing and praise to your glory through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday 14 June 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 119: 105 – 128

This psalm is full of powerful one-liners. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”; “You are my hiding place and my shield”; “Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and teach me your statutes”; “Truly I love your commandments more than gold, more than fine gold”.

Proverbs 12: 15 – 28

Fools think they know: the wise listen to advice. Fools get angry quickly the wise ignore insults. Truth gives honest evidence and lasts. A lying tongue lasts a moment – like a sword thrust. A wise tongue brings healing.

Deceit is in the evil mind in contrast to the mind of peace, which has joy. The wicked are full of trouble. Those who know conceal much while the fool broadcasts all foolishness. The diligent person will have control and the lazy will be serving others.

Anxiety weighs down the heart but a good word cheers. Good advice comes from the righteous. The wicked lead others astray. The lazy do not value add (they don't roast their game) the diligent do and gain wealth.

2 Corinthians 11: 16 - 29

Paul asks not to be thought of as a fool but, if he is let him really have a great boast about how foolish he is. For a start the Corinthians being wise, put up with a lot of foolishness. They have put up with being made slaves, or being the prey of others, being taken advantage of, being put down and being abused. Paul admits he is too foolish to do any of that to them.

Are the Hebrews, the Israelites or descendants of Abraham fools? So is he. Are the ministers of Christ fools? He is truly the biggest fool since he has been imprisoned, flogged, lashed, beaten with rods, stoned, shipwrecked adrift on the sea, beset by bandits and false brothers and sisters. He has had toil, hardship, sleepless nights, been hungry, thirsty, cold and naked and under daily pressure worrying about all the churches. Who is the weak one? And if anyone is made to stumble, Paul is the one who gets indignant.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Wonga Pigeon
Tronoh Dredgehole Harrietville Vic
L Osburn
God of deep joy, wisdom righteousness and peace, you are our shield, our hiding place and source of steadfast love. We thank you for Paul who stood up for those made to stumble. When we feel caught, in anxiety and trouble help us to recommit to your laws, to listen to good advice, to ignore insults, to tell the truth, to hold on to what we know deeply, hold our peace and value-add so that we, if we are going to be seen as fools, are fools only for you and that what appears weakness is revealed as your great strength within us through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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