25 June 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Saturday 25 June 2016
This psalm is a song of praise and thanksgiving to God. Calls upon the priestly tribes of Israel to praise the Lord.
There is a warning too, those who follow the idols of silver and gold will be like them: have eyes yet not see, have ears yet not hear and have mouths yet not breath.
2 Chronicles 15
A prophet Azariah, comes to Asa the king and reminds him that while the people seek God and are faithful, God will be found, but if they abandon God he will also abandon them. Asa orders all the idols taken from the conquest be destroyed and orders all Judah to worship only God. Each person is to enter into a covenant with God. Those who do not are put to death. Even the King’s mother was removed from her position and the idol she had is destroyed. Asa though fierce, is true to God all his days.
Acts 13: 42 – 52
Paul and Barnabas leave the synagogue and as they go the people ask them to come again next Sabbath and preach. They do. Crowds gather and jealousy overtakes some of the Jews who dispute in an extreme way. Paul responds saying that it was only right they preach to the Jews first and if they reject their testimony they will go to the Gentiles to whom they are also sent. The Gentiles rejoice. Key Jewish community leaders are incited to persecute Paul and Barnabas and drive them from the city. Filled with joy and the Holy Spirit they leave and go to Iconium.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Armadale WA L Osburn
Holy Lord you ask us to seek you and to trust you no matter our circumstances: being priest, ruling a nation or preaching your word. Keep our hearts and minds seeking you and open to you so that we can do your will and feel your spirit present in our lives and actions and thus serve you with joy praise and thanksgiving through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Saturday 25 June 2016
This psalm proclaims God’s greatness and enduring love. Here we praise the overwhelming, overflowing, generosity of God.
Ezekiel prophesies against the mountains. The altars and idols on them will be destroyed. Towns will be ruined and wasted. People will die by famine, sword and pestilence. Some will survive, scattered in other places and they will remember that the Lord did not threaten in a hollow way. They will know God is the Lord, the Almighty.
If you are rich and have defrauded people of their fair wages or rewards, be assured that God knows. It is as bad as being part of the crowd who had Jesus killed. For the rest, be patient – like a farmer that waits for the crop to grow- do not grumble about each other, have instead the endurance of Job. Be honourable and reliable: let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No” be “No”. If you are suffering, pray. If you are cheerful sing songs of praise. If you are ill, call for the elders and be anointed. Confess your sins to each other, pray for one another and be healed because the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.
Finally if any of you wanders from the truth and is brought back, then that friend has saved their soul from death.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Bringing in the catch|
Fremantle Harbour WA L Osburn
Almighty, generous and loving God you listen to our prayers and give us the power to save each others' souls from death. Be with us now. Take away the obstacles, our blindness, our idols, our impatience, our frailty and our fears so that we may examine our own lives, turn ourselves around and be a good friend to someone else and bring them back to you through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
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