Sunday, 5 June 2016

6 June 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 6 June 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 86

The psalmist approaches God in humility and reverent recognition asking for assistance. Praise and honour are awarded to God and the psalmist asks to walk in truth and to have a heart for God alone. Thanks are given to God for steadfast love.

Ezekiel 32: 1 – 16

Ezekiel is told to lament over Pharaoh: Pharaoh who thinks of himself a lion but is really a water dragon. The net will be cast he will be captured and killed. The country will be destroyed. Women will chant the lament. All over Egypt they will chant the lament.

Acts 8: 4 – 13

The believers scatter. Phillip (one of the first deacons) goes to Samaria, telling the good news and healing people. Simon, a magician in that place, has a large following but they believe Phillip and are baptised. Simon believes too, is baptised and stays with Phillip.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Imprint of a bird that flew into the window
(the bird was unharmed)
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
God of wonders and constant love, you bless us, forgive us and bring us to new life through baptism. When bad things happen, and they happen to us all, lead us to have a heart for you alone and go out and do what we can to heal, to bring your love to others – even to our enemies – so that our lives are a testament to your glory and your love through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday 6 June 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 88

This is a prayer of a faithful person who has been seriously ill since childhood and now believes they are close to death. The prayer asks God to listen. The psalmist is bold with God. “Is your steadfast love declared in the grave…?” (v.11). The only sense of hope in this psalm is in God’s response.

Deuteronomy 21: 22 – 22: 12

Here follows a set of instructions for living. First, if you see something belonging to someone else especially livestock wandering, don't ignore it. Do something to keep the thing safe and have it returned to the owner. If you don't know who the owner is keep the thing safe and well until the owner appears. Second, don't get involved in another belief's rituals where people cross-dress. Third, if there's a bird with fledglings you can take the fledgling but not the parent bird. Fourth, when you build a flat roof house have a parapet for safety. Fifth don't sow two different kinds of seed in the same field you may lose both crops. Sixth, don't yoke together different types of animals like an ox and a donkey. Seventh, don't mix natural fibres like wool and linen together. Eighth, wear tassels on your cloak.

2 Corinthians 7: 2 – 16

Paul asks the Corinthians to have space in their hearts for him since he has wronged no one.  He reinforces that they are in his heart and united with him. His time in Macedonia has been difficult and comforted by the arrival of Titus and his news that the Corinthians want to set things straight and be seen as united with Paul. Paul rejoices not because they felt grief but that they earnestly repented and want to confirm they are being faithful. As a result they have proved themselves guiltless.

Paul says he boasted to Titus about the Corinthians and Titus’s visit confirms the boasting to be true. Titus’s heart goes out to the Corinthians since they welcomed him in fear and showed their faith and obedience. Paul has total confidence in them.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Tiny mushrooms in a hollow
of the elm tree
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Holy and gracious God when we are faithful and follow your commandments we feel confident in experiencing your presence and in opening ourselves to your love. We may be ill, in transition or just reviewing our day. Help us to stop a moment, recognised ourselves and what we are doing and consider you so that we hear the direction you set us, and faithfully and diligently follow, knowing we can only do this through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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