Friday, 10 June 2016

9 June 2016

Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Thursday 9 June 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 89: 39 - 53

The psalm is about a descendant of David for whom there has been losses in battle, destruction of the city and removal of the office of King. It laments the withdrawal of the support and protection of God. This is an appeal to God to remember the promises to David.

2 Chronicles 2: 1 – 3: 2

Solomon begins to build the temple. He sends to the King of Tyre for an artisan skilled in metal work, fabric and engraving and for a variety of timbers. Solomon says that his servants will work with the King of Tyre's servants to prepare the timber. Solomon names the contribution he will make for the food of all the servants.

The King of Tyre sends Huram-abi who has the skills required, accepts the contribution for the Solomon's servants' food and promises to send the timbers by rafts to Joppa then Solomon can take them to Jerusalem. Solomon begins to build the temple on Mt Moriah.

Acts 9: 1 – 9

Saul (the one who will become Paul) is uttering threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. He goes to the high priest and asks for a letter to the synagogue in Damascus giving instruction to arrest any who belonged to the “Way” and bring them bound to Jerusalem. Near Damascus, on the road he experiences a blinding light and all hear a voice asking Saul, “Why are you persecuting me?” Saul asks whose voice this is. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” He is told to get up and go to the city and he will be told what to do. Saul is sightless and eats nothing for three days.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Wood fungus
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
God of new beginnings and God of building futures, you select the right person for the job, even when we have other ideas. You motivate people to assist us. You provide the essential resources to support the task at hand. Help us to directly appeal to you and to keep open, to watch what is happening, to trust those you send if we are blind and to keep reflecting on our actions so that we keep aligned to your will through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Thursday 9 June 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 91

This psalm is one of reassurance and comfort about the care and protection the faithful have from God. “For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (v.11)”. This is a reminder of God’s loving protection and deliverance to those who call for salvation.

Deuteronomy 27

Moses charges the people, when they cross into the land God has given them, to set up stones, cover them with plaster and write on them the commandments. On Mount Ebal they are to set up an unhewn altar, make a sacrifice then write the words he gives this day on that altar. On one mountain are stones which constitute a blessing and on another stones that constitute a curse.

The things that are accursed are: idol making, dishonouring parents, stealing a neighbour's land, misleading a blind person or the road, depriving an alien, orphan or widow justice, intercourse with your father's wife or your mother-in-law or sister including step-sisters, bestiality, secretly striking down your neighbour, taking a bribe to shed innocent blood and, not upholding the commandments.

2 Corinthians 9

Paul has told the Macedonians that Corinth and the region she is in are ready to minister to the saints in Jerusalem. The three brothers Paul has sent them are to assist them so that when Paul comes with Macedonians no one is embarrassed. The extent of the gift to the saints is to be what people are willing to give knowing that “if we sow sparingly we reap sparingly”.

God loves a cheerful giver and will ensure they have enough so that they can share in good works. The gift will not only supply the needs of the saints but also bring about great thanksgiving to God and the prayers of those receiving for those who give.

Collect for Evening Prayer

In the garden
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
God of grace, love and salvation you assist us to fulfil your commandments and you reassure us not to doubt that we can with your help remember and keep them. Help us to write your commandments in our hearts and be brave to risk whatever we need to so that we prepare to enter your promised kingdom through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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