10 July 2006
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 10 July 2016
The sky in silence, every day and every night shows us that God is magnificent. God’s commandments are magnificent. They are right, they delight the heart, they are simple, they are more precious than gold. And the commandments warn us – but can we ever truly detect all our own faults? David asks for help so that he does not commit presumptuous sins*. He finishes with:
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord my rock and my redeemer.”
Colossians 2: 16 – 23
Paul counsels the people to focus on the core of our belief and not to get caught up in rules about what to eat, drink, festivals, new moons or anything but to see that these are human generated rules that will pass, and none of them are successful in treating self-indulgence. The most important thing is that the substance, our substance belongs to Christ.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|From Mt Buffalo|
Vic L Osburn
Jesus Christ our rock and redeemer through whom the magnificence of the creator is revealed, you are all compassion and know we try our best. Help us keep our focus on you and our actions and thoughts in line with God's great commandments so that the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts are acceptable to you and are part of your everlasting choir of praise through the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen
Sunday 10 July 2016
Amos 5: 14 – 24
Seek the Lord and seek justice for all. If not, the only sounds will be those of people wailing and mourning in the cities and in the farms. Amos’s message from God to those who come to seek him in this time is – it is all too late. Justice is going to rain on them and righteousness like a flowing river. They are about to be destroyed and exiled. They are not behaving better than any neighbouring country; they have set up idols and are worship other Gods.
Psalm 25: 1 – 10
This psalm is a plea for protection from personal enemies. The psalmist asks for guidance and forgiveness and to be taught God’s way and truth.
Luke 9: 37 – 50
A man in the crowd calls to Jesus to heal his son. The son has dreadful convulsions and the disciples have been unable to heal him. Jesus lets everyone know they are faithless and perverse, rebukes the evil spirit in the boy and heals him. And, while everyone is still amazed Jesus tells the disciples he will be handed over and betrayed but at the time, the disciples are afraid and cannot bring themselves to ask what he means.
Then an argument breaks out among the disciples about who is the greatest. Jesus brings a little child to his side and says, "Whoever welcomes this child welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest" (v. 48). John asks about people casting out demons in Jesus name who are not in the disciples' group. Jesus says, for them not stop the person for those who are not against us are for us.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Beside the Blackwood River|
WA L Osburn
Holy Lord, you alone are good leading us through humility and steadfast love. Help us to be open to you, to seek you, to be taught, to wait in patience and to recognise that we are no better than anyone else or any other nation. Help us to avoid betraying you. Strengthen us to recognise the tiny child and to value and nurture that child within all of us so that we welcome you always through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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*Presumptuous sins are:
1. When we do know better
2. When we deliberately plan to do it or keep nurturing the thought about doing it, or have built up a habit of a particular sin
3. Sinning to show total disregard for God
4. Thinking that we are immune from a particular type of sin because we are strong or “able to manage it”. This is risky.
And, “I’ll repent tomorrow…” presumes a tomorrow.
From Rev. C. H. Spurgeon 1857