Monday, 6 June 2016

7 June 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 7 June 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 90

This is a group lament. The psalmist asks that we be satisfied in the morning with God’s steadfast love so that we may rejoice and be glad everyday.

There is a separation from God and a plea that there be as many days connected to God as there have been separation. The psalmist asks for God’s compassion on the people and that the work of human hands may prosper.

Ezekiel 32: 17 – 32

Ezekiel continues the lament over Egypt and says how the deaths of the people and their great ones will be unrecognised, uncelebrated. As they wrought terror on the earth they will be separated from God hereafter.

Acts 8: 14 – 25

Peter and John arrive and since the people have only been baptised in the name of Jesus, the apostles laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. Simon, the Samaritan who had previously been a magician offers to pay the apostles, Peter and John so that he can get the power to give the Holy Spirit to others. Peter tells Simon he cannot buy this gift with money, that his heart is not aligned to God and that he should repent. Simon asks Peter to pray for him.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Beside still waters
Troth Dredge Hole Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Loving wonderful God you want us to be filled with your spirit rejoicing and happy in your steadfast love and able to testify and speak your word. Examine our hearts and help us have hearts for you alone. Encourage us and support us to repent, to bring our needs for power and agency to you so that we are lead each and every day by you to do your will through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday 7 June 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 119: 89 – 104

The psalmist expresses faith in God’s word – commitment to God and the law. The psalm also shows the effect of the scriptures on the psalmist through meditation, understanding and a guide for life.

“If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my misery” (v.92).

Deuteronomy 24: 5 – 22

Here are a series of commandments:
A newly married man is not to serve in the army but have at least one year with their wife. No one is to take a mill and the upper mill-stone (the capacity to produce food) as a pledge – collateral on a loan since it is taking livelihoods. Kidnapping, enslaving or selling an Israelite is a capital offence. Guard against leprous skin and do as instructed by the priests. When people give collateral for a loan, if it's their cloak – the thing that keeps them warm – give it back before sunset and you will be blessed. Pay poor and needy wages whether residents or foreigners their wages before sunset for their cries will be heard by God. Parents cannot be put to death for their children's crimes or vice versa. You take the punishment for your own crime. Residents, orphans and foreigners have a right to justice. If you are harvesting and leave a sheaf, or olives, or grapes still on the tree or vine, don't go back, leave it for the poor and for foreigners.

2 Corinthians 8: 1 – 15

Paul writes that the church in Macedonia though in poverty, gave even beyond their means to support ministry. Titus now can assist the Corinthians to complete their giving program. Since they are diligent in other matters Paul knows they will excel in this.

He challenges them to give from their means. He does not command them. They are to give in a balanced way not to make themselves poor. He quotes Exodus (16:18) that those who had much did not have too much and that those who had little did not have too little.

Collect for Evening Prayer

What's reflected
Troth Dredge Hole Harrietville Vic L Osburn
God of equity and compassion you teach us that everyone has a right to live and to justice. As your faithful and decent people help us respond to the misery, poverty and injustice in this world with generous hearts and practical action so that we live out your scriptures and so that the cries you hear from the world and from the marginalised are of praise and thanksgiving that we your people acted through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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