13 August 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Saturday 13 August 2016
Psalms 101; 102: 1-11
The first psalm is a statement of commitment to justice and to work hard to live a righteous life. The portion of the second psalm is a lament. The psalmist is unwell and in great pain unable to eat or sleep and tormented by others who suggest God has deserted him.
2 Chronicles 28: 1 – 15
King Ahaz reigns for 16 years in Judah. He is not faithful to God. His kingdom is invaded by Aram. The people are taken to Damascus. Then Israel invades, kills thousands, takes booty and begins to take the people to Samaria but other God-fearing Israelites argue that Israel as a nation is already guilty and at risk of punishment from God. The prisoners are reclothed, their belonging returned and they are escorted to Jericho.
Acts 17: 22 – 34
Paul addresses the Areopagus. He notes the Greeks are a religious people and tells them he saw the altar to the unknown God. He proclaims this God, the creator who made one ancestor from whom all humans come. God fashioned humans to seek God and to find God. In God we have our being. Greek poetry acknowledges that we are God’s offspring. God is not stuff and does not need stuff. God realises we are not informed and wants us to repent. Paul proclaims that Christ, the resurrected one will be our judge. Some scoff when Paul speaks of the resurrection; others believe. The council agrees they wish to hear more from him.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Saturday 13 August 2016
Psalm 102: 12-28
This second portion of the lament turns into a hymn of prayer and praise to God. God will look after us; hears our prayers and is eternal.
Song of Songs 3
The woman dreams about searching for her love and finding him. She again warns women everywhere not to awaken love until it is ready. She then describes Solomon the King on a litter coming out of the desert. There is a wonderful perfume and the opulence of his carriage and guard. She calls women to come and see Solomon crowned by his mother as on his wedding day.
Romans 11: 1 – 12
Paul appeals to all to offer themselves as a living sacrifice to God – to worship by being transformed and renewed. We are to be consistent in our love and honour for each other, to be joyful in our hope, patient in our suffering, pray consistently, be generous and hospitable and to bless our enemies.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Old bark peels off new smooth bark|
Tawonga Gap Road Vic L Osburn
Holy and mighty Lord, greater than any king, give us the will and zeal to seek you continually by prayers, openness to you, joy, patience and generosity. Help us to look forward to being transformed and renewed by you so that in all our days and all we do, we worship you through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen
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