Monday, 11 July 2016

12 July 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 12 July 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 33

This psalm is a great hymn of praise to God citing evidence including creation, oversight of nations, strength beyond that of people or war-horses, the steadfast love that delivers our souls from death. The psalm ends saying our souls wait for the Lord, our hearts are glad because we trust and with an appeal for God’s steadfast love to be with us.

Amos 1: 11 – 2: 5

Amos continues prophesying punishment for Judah and Israel and the surrounding nations some for atrocities against humans.

John 5: 19 – 30

Jesus says he models what he does on God, through his relationship with God. God loves Jesus and shows him what God is doing. God will show greater works than Jesus has done so far. Raising the dead – giving life – and judging are two main things Jesus has been given to do. Whoever does not honour Jesus does not honour the father.

Those who hear Jesus’s voice and truly believe pass from death to life.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Like a tug
Gladstone Qld  L Osburn

Holy Lord your generosity is beyond measure. You gave us your son Jesus to bring us to life eternal with you and to take on the judgement of all. Be with us this day as we encounter the challenges of life and difficult interactions with people who do not honour you. Help us to hand all judgement to Christ, to be calm and patient and keep our focus on you so that we demonstrate your love in our response through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday 12 July 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 31

This powerful psalm is on the theme of taking refuge in God and has the words “Into your hand I commit my spirit”. The second part asks for God’s grace and the final part praises God and encourages us to love the Lord, “be strong and let your heart take courage” (v. 24).

Ezekiel 20: 18 – 38

Ezekiel continues to list all the times the people have worshipped idols, followed other cult practices including sacrifice of children. He says to those who come to consult God that God will no be consulted by people who do these things.

Galatians 5: 16 – 26

If we live by the spirit law does not bind us. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t be law abiding. A life of the spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control there are no laws against these. We focus on God’s spirit, not on the things that lead us to be being jealous or angry or quarrelling or wasteful – there are laws against all those. If we focus on things that lead us to behave badly we are focusing on things “of the flesh” – not of the spirit.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Reflections in Tronoh Lake
Harrietville Vic  L Osburn
Holy and wonderful God, you are the source of peace, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, generosity, faithfulness and self-control. Be with us as we reflect on this day and help us be aware when our focus shifted from you. Give us insight to know what we could have done differently so that we refocus on you and step out again tomorrow in faith, hope, courage and love to be your people through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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