28 June 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Tuesday 28 June 2016
Psalms 143 and 146
The psalmist is in hiding in a cave and sounds depressed yet, he is still reaching out to God; he is still trusting and obedient.
The next psalm is one of praise to God who is trustworthy – more than princes: more than mortals.
2 Chronicles 17: 1 – 13 and 18: 1 - 8
Jehosophat succeeds Asa his father as king of Judah. He fortifies the towns and follows the commandments of God. He is courageous for God and sends officials and priests to teach throughout Judah since they have a copy of the book of the Law of the Lord.
The neighbouring countries respect him, do not cause wars and give him gifts. He builds cities and an army.
Jehosophat makes a marriage alliance with Ahab, king of Israel. Ahab asks Jehosophat to join him in battle against Ramoth-gilead. Jehosophat agrees providing that God is consulted through the prophets. Prophets are called and they proclaim victory but Jehospohat asks whether these are all the prophets. Ahab responds that there is one Micaiah, he doesn’t like because he never says anything positive about Ahab. Jehospohat has Micaiah summoned.
Acts 14: 8 – 18
In Lystra, Paul notices a man who from birth could not walk, listening intently and having faith to be healed. Paul tells him to stand and he is healed. The people decide that Paul and Barnabas must be Greek gods. The priest at the temple of Zeus prepares oxen and brings garlands of flowers. When Paul and Barnabas hear they are so distressed they run into the crowds and tear their clothes. They say that they are mortals, that there is only one God who has allowed the Greeks to live by providing rains in their season and that the Greek gods are worthless. Even though Paul says these things the crowd can barely be restrained from worshipping them.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|The fast rushing stream|
The Ovens River Harrietville
Tuesday 28 June 2016
Psalm 119: 153 – 176
This portion of the psalm is a plea for preservation of life from someone who is devout “my soul keeps your decrees” and who admits he has gone astray.
Ezekiel 8: 1 – 15
The elders of the temple are with Ezekiel at his home. He has a vision where he is lifted up and encounters a sense of pure jealousy. He then is shown people he knows, including elders of the house of Israel and places he knows where they are worshipping other gods in secret or crying over vegetation gods who have withdrawn in the winter months.
Paul instructs Titus to teach sound doctrine and right behaviour consistent with the times and culture to the elders, women, young people and slaves. We are to renounce impiety and worldly passions, to live lives that are self-controlled upright and godly while we wait for Jesus.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Tullibigeal Anglican Church - rural remote|
Holy and compassionate God you are the one who is constant and we are the ones who go astray. Send us excellent teachers and church leaders who will guide your elders, men, women, young people, volunteers and low-paid workers in our communities. Walk with us, pull us back to you, and give us your calm peace in our souls through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.
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