26 August 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Thursday 25 August 2016
This psalm is a song of praise and thanksgiving to God. Calls upon the priestly tribes of Israel to praise the Lord.
There is a warning too, those who follow the idols of silver and gold will be like them: have eyes yet not see, have ears yet not hear, and have mouths yet not breath.
Prayer of Manasseh
This is a beautiful, heartfelt prayer of repentance ending in a promise to praise God continually, all the days of our lives.
Acts 21: 40 – 22: 16
Paul, under arrest in Jerusalem is permitted to speak to the crowd, which he does in Hebrew. The crowd listens and he tells his story, admitting to persecuting the Christians. He proclaims that all need to be baptised in Jesus.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Central Adelaide SA L Osburn
Compassionate and merciful God, you alone hear us. You hear us when we come to you in repentance and humility and you hear us when we proclaim your word and your saving grace. Our hearts break open in praise and thanksgiving and join all the hosts of heaven to sing your praise. Keep our hearts open and praise to you on our lips and in our prayers so that we too carry your love and compassion throughout this world through Jesus Christ and Your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Thursday 25 August 2016
This psalm proclaims God’s greatness and enduring love. Here we praise the overwhelming, overflowing, generosity of God.
Tobit 6: 9 – 12 and 7: 1 – 15
Tobias and Azariah (the angel Raphael) enter Media and Azariah insists they spend the night in Raguel’s home. Raguel is a kinsman who has a daughter who is sensible and for Tobias is an appropriate husband.
They go to Raguel’s home, are welcomed, identify their family connections and successfully negotiate a marriage contract. Both parents bless the union.
Romans 15: 22 – 33
Paul tells the Romans that he is on his way to Jerusalem to share the resources of the new believers in other countries with the poor Christians in Jerusalem. He asks for their prayers to be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea and to be able to come to Rome. Paul blesses them.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Barossa Valley SA L Osburn
Merciful and compassionate God, your love is overflowing, generous and life-preserving. You bless us and bring us into the presence of those who will make our lives richer. Preserve the lives of your faithful people so that they may do your will to your glory, particularly for those suffering oppression, war, pestilence, imprisonment, poverty and depression so that we all through your grace may continue to do your will, bring glory to your name and hasten your kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord and redeemer. Amen.
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