Saturday, 4 June 2016

4 June 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 4 June 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 80

This psalm is a prayer for deliverance from national enemies. It compares Israel to a vine. It asks for God’s hand to be on the one at God’s right hand, to give us life, to restore us and to save us.

Ezekiel 30: 20 – 31: 12

Ezekiel receives the word from God that Egypt has been weakened and will not be able to defend against Nebuchadrezzar. Then begins the eulogy of Egypt outlining how fair and wonderful she was and how proud she was – far over-reaching and therefore she has been handed over to a terrible nation who has cut her down and destroyed her.

Acts 7: 54: 8: 3

Stephen, the first deacon, falsely accused and is before the council who become enraged at being called stiff-necked. Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit gazes up. He sees the glory of God and Jesus at God’s right hand. He speaks out aloud what he sees. The council members cover their ears, drag him outside of the city and stone him. One of the witnesses is the young man Saul. Stephen prays as he is being stoned, “Lord receive my spirit.” He kneels and cries in a loud voice, “Lord do not hold this sin against them.” He dies. Saul approves and participates in persecuting Christians entering houses and dragging men and women to prison. Devout people bury Stephen and lament. The disciples scatter and the apostles stay.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Wonga Pigeon
Harrietville Vic  L Osburn
 Holy God you are there at the planting, the reaping and the receiving. Through all the trials we experience help us pray to you, to call on you for deliverance and to forgive those who cause us harm and pain so that we are forever warm and soft-hearted for you and for all your people and so that others, no matter how powerful or full of pride, can see our faith and our trust in you all our days through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Saturday 4 June 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 81

The psalm begins with praise and thanksgiving. It moves on to remembering the gifts of God and how God saved and delivered the people. Finally there is a lament that the people’s hearts are hard, that they are not listening and until they do they will be besieged. God wants to feed us with fine things. The choice is left open.

Deuteronomy 19

In setting up the community the people are instructed to set up 3 cities a reasonable distance from the main population centres so that those who commit manslaughter (not murderers) can flee to for refuge. Murderers will be handed over from these cities – it is only for those where the death is accidental. As the population and territory expands set up three more cities.

If someone commits murder it is a capital offence. And if someone brings false witness and is found to have done so their punishment is to be what they were asking for the accused. The community and the judges need to be firm for those who bear false witness: an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

2 Corinthians 6: 14 – 7: 1

Paul counsels not to be mismatched with an unbeliever. Righteousness and lawlessness is no match just as darkness does not match light. There is no agreement between the temple of God and idols. The Lord wants us to be separate from the unbeliever focusing on God and not the unbelief or the idols. When we do we are God’s children and welcomed. Since we have this promise, let us clear ourselves of defilement in our body and spirit and make ourselves holy in our reverence for God.

Collect for Evening Prayer

A haven and refuge
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Wonderful caring God you have established a refuge, protection for the innocent and justice. You want to feed us with good things and to have us as your children and you give us the choice to accept this offer. Help us see that we will always be besieged until our hearts shift and our focus turns to you so that we may clear our souls, make ourselves holy and accept your loving offer through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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