Saturday, 30 July 2016

31 July 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Sunday 31 July 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 78: 1 – 15

The psalmist encourages people to tell the stories of God and his relationship with the people to their children, in parables, the old sayings, the history, decrees and miracles so that they will not be stubborn or rebellious.

Hebrews 11: 1 – 12

This is an ode to faith. By faith… and the stories from the faithful in the Old Testament are revisited: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah. From one person, as good as dead, came descendants who are as numerous as the stars in heaven: their faithfulness is remembered.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Harrietville  Vic  L Osburn
Our magnificent and all-powerful God you make things happen that are beyond our understanding; you make the mysterious real. Strengthen our feeble faith so that we celebrate all your gifts of love through the ages and tell others all the instances we recall and have recorded, and so pass on that capacity for faith to your children everywhere through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Sunday 31 July 2016
Evening Prayer

Hosea 12: 2 – 6

Israel the people, owe much to Jacob and his interactions with God. Hosea proclaims they should return to God, to love and to justice.

Psalm 49: 1 – 12

This is a riddle psalm / song.
Why should we worry about persecutors, the wealthy? No one can live forever. The wise and foolish die too. All possessions are left to others. Mortals can’t abide all the pomp of life – we will die.

Luke 12: 22 – 31

Jesus teaches about focusing on our relationship with God and not focusing on stuff, possessions or the future, what will we wear or what will we eat. He teaches us to strive for the things of the kingdom and the rest will be looked after.

Collect for Evening Prayer

A time to reflect
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
God our centre; your son, the prophets and psalmists teach us to focus on you and to care less about the superficial trappings of life. Be with us now as we reflect on our day and recall the times where we did turn our attention to you and your kingdom and away from our cares so that we may be encouraged to do that more and more everyday through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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