Wednesday, 15 June 2016

16 June 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Thursday 16 June 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 105: 1 – 22

The psalm praises God’s faithfulness. It praises creation and God’s love. This portion recalls the early story of Abraham through to Joseph being placed in charge of Pharaoh’s household.

2 Chronicles 8

Solomon now builds cities and towns. He uses people of the land – not Hebrews – as conscripted labour. He brought his wife the daughter of Pharaoh from outside the city to his house. Solomon makes regular sacrifices to the Lord, observes the festivals and appoints the priests and Levites. He then goes down to the seaside and imports gold from Ophir.

Acts 10: 34 – 48

Peter understands that God shows no partiality and in every nation anyone who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to God.

Peter tells those gathered at Caesarea how God sent the message to the Israelites through Jesus that God is Lord of all. Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power. The message spread through healing, works and removing oppression of the spirit. Peter and his companions are witnesses. Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead. The people who knew him saw him. Jesus commanded them to preach and to testify that Jesus is ordained by God to judge the living and the dead.

While Peter is speaking the Holy Spirit comes on everyone. The believers are astounded that the Holy Spirit is given to the people from other nations. They begin speaking in tongues. Peter asks, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptising these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” He orders them to be baptised.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Colony of fungi
Tronoh Dredge-hole
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Almighty God, anyone who reveres you and does what is right is under your care and protection no matter our culture, background or language. Open our hearts to the knowledge that not knowing about Christ is like experiencing a famine or being shackled. Help us to recommit to telling your gospel everywhere so that everyone can be brought to your freedom and gain the great wealth to be found in your loving care and protection through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thursday 16 June 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 105: 23 – 45

The psalm continues to praise God’s faithfulness to the covenant and tells the story of the famine, Israel going to Egypt, the Exodus and the arrival in the Promised Land. Praise the Lord.

Proverbs 13: 15 – 14: 6

The proverbs continue to encourage wisdom and discipline, limits and respect. Having desires is acknowledged and meeting them is sweet but there are limits and fools will not be able to turn away from evil. For the righteous, they have enough and are satisfied. For the wicked, they are always hungry and never satisfied.

2 Corinthians 12: 6 – 13

Paul says his weakness, which he has prayed about will stay with him for God has said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul will therefore boast about his weakness so that the power of God can dwell in him and he will be content in his weakness and continue to suffer insults, hardship and calamities.

Paul again says the Corinthians should be condemning him for his foolishness. He really isn’t inferior to the “super-apostles”. He performed all the signs of a true apostle with patience: signs and mighty works. He asks how can they be worse off than other places except that he has not made them pay for him. With some irony he asks their forgiveness for not burdening them.

Collect for Evening Prayer

On the Dredge-hole Track
Harrietville Vic L Osburn

Holy Lord you promise us a place where we will be satisfied and where signs of your presence and works done in your name are visible. Since on the journey to this place we all have weaknesses and struggles, help us to appreciate the leadership we have, contribute to it and be satisfied with it, so that we are open to your signs and wonders and without complaint abide by the limits set on us by your word through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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