27 July 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Wednesday 27 July 2016
Psalm 68: 1 – 20
A psalm of praise to a practical God, our God. We are provided with the practical necessities homes, care for orphans and widows, water, food, crops, protection, peace and God’s presence – relationship.
Hosea 2: 14 – 3: 5
God proposes to win Israel back to sow the fields again, to have pity and to call Israel his people.
Hosea is required to buy his wife and care for her but not have intercourse with her.
God, having restored Israel will leave her without a king or leadership for a while and then Israel will seek God and a King of David’s house.
John 9: 1 – 17
Jesus and the disciples encounter a blind man. The disciples ask whose sins cause the man to be blind his own or the sins of his parents? Jesus answers neither. The man is blind so that God’s glory can be revealed. Jesus heals the man. People who know him question him and take him to the Pharisees to verify the healing. In questioning the man who now sees says that Jesus is a prophet.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Esperance WA L Osburn
Wednesday 27 July 2016
Psalm 68: (21 – 23) 24 – 35
This section of the psalm moves first to the fierce protection God provides for his people and then to a procession and celebration of God and the people of Israel, united in Jerusalem at the temple.
Ezekiel 37: 15 – 28
God tells Ezekiel to get two sticks and on one write the houses of Judah and the other the houses of Israel, and join them together to make one stick. Ezekiel is to explain that God will reunite Israel and Judah under God’s rule and one Prince of the house of David.
Romans 5: 1 – 11
Paul reminds us that our faith brings peace and access to God’s grace. Our sufferings and concerns build our capacity for faith and hope. Hope does not disappoint. We are reconciled to God through the death of Jesus and that happened while we were separated, enemies, before we ever repented. So, now we are reconciled we are saved and that is something to celebrate.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Esperance WA L Osbun
Gracious God, you have done everything to enable us to be united with you. As we come to you in faith, prayer and hope fill us with the joy of reconciliation so that we may live our days celebrating your love through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
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