Wednesday, 13 July 2016

14 July 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Thursday 14 July 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 34

This is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise and one that teaches people to love and fear the Lord, to avoid evil and to seek peace. The psalmist teaches, “the Lord redeems the life of his servants” (v22).

Amos 3

Amos explains that all things are connected and God has shown the prophets that Israel will be destroyed with only tiny remnants remaining.

John 6: 1 – 15

Jesus goes to the other side of the Sea of Galilee and sees a great crowd of people following firstly because it was near Passover and secondly because they had heard of his healing. He shares a few barley loaves and fish among the crowd, and all are fed with much left over.

Jesus goes further into the mountains alone when he realises the people want to make him King.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Desert Church
Silverton NSW  L Osburn
Generous and faithful God, you provide for us when we call on you. You have provided prophets and scripture and ultimately your Son for our guidance and salvation. Keep our eyes and ears open to you today so that we share what we have, know and can do so that more and more people benefit from the abundance of your love through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Thursday 14 July 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 119: 17 – 40

In this section of the psalm is the plea to be taught and to be shown how to live out the commandments daily and how to read and understand scripture. There is a plea for protection against ridicule or harm by others because of our desire to be with and know God.

Ezekiel 21: 8 – 27 (28 – 32)

Ezekiel prophesies total destruction of Jerusalem and of the Ammonites. There is no way out now and the King will be deposed. All that will be left is a ruin.

Galatians 6: 11 – 18

Paul signs off the letter in his own handwriting. Paul does not boast in how many converts he has made but only of the cross of Christ. Being circumcised or not, Jew or not, isn’t a relevant issue. What is relevant is the new creation won by Christ and from that comes peace and mercy for all. Paul does not want to be upset by disputes like those the Galatians have endured. He carries the marks of persecution for being Christian on his body. He knows the risks of being Christian. Paul blesses the Galatians.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Outback shed
Silverton NSW  L Osburn
God of relationship and connection, we no longer need to seek you in a temple or in a holy city. Through your new creation you are available to us all wherever we call on you in humility, faith and praise. Through your word we learn and know you better. We need no more to fear separation from you since you are the God who comes to us. Be with us as we reflect on our day: how may we make it easier for others particularly those who are unwell to come to you and, how may we extricate ourselves from disputes that are not part of your new creation? Help us discern your will so that we may build and strengthen all your faithful people through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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