Sunday, 28 August 2016

29 August 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Monday 29 August 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 145

This psalm praises and blesses God for all the great acts of creation, mercy, salvation, awesome acts, steadfast love, compassion, and might. What God has done proclaims the glory of the kingdom. That kingdom will endure forever.

On a more personal level God is faithful, gracious, upholds people while they are falling, raises up people who are oppressed. God provides as required, in time and with justice. God hears, saves and watches us. We will praise the Lord and all living things will bless God forever.

2 Chronicles 34: 29 – 35: 8

King Josiah calls everyone together at the temple and read the Book of the Law out loud. Josiah commits himself wholeheartedly to fulfil the covenant and asks others to do the same. He removes all sites of worship other then the temple and expects all to worship God. He then arranges for the ark to be properly housed in the temple, the restoration of the order of priests and Levites and a great Passover feast.

Acts 23: 12 – 24

Forty Jews plot to assassinate Paul. One of Paul’s relatives hears and reports to Paul in prison. Paul calls the centurion and asks that the relative be allowed to speak with the tribune. The tribune, hearing the plot, tells the young man to tell no-one that he talked with him. The tribune orders the centurion to prepare soldiers, spearmen and horses for Paul to leave that night for Caesarea and take Paul safely to the Governor, Felix.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Flying skateboarder
Deniliquin NSW  L Osburn
Holy and mighty Lord you love us, support us and protect us when we turn to you, when we put you at the centre of our lives and welcome you into our heart. Be with us today in all we do so that we step out in courage and faith to do your will and love those you love through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday 29 August 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 147

This psalm rejoices in singing praise to a gracious God. God builds up the community, gathers the outcasts, heals the broken-hearted and binds their wounds. This is the same God who created the stars. Sing to God.

God brings the rain that produces grass and feeds the animals and allows birds to sing. God isn’t interested in who is the fastest or strongest but in our reverence.

The city of the faithful is charged to praise the Lord: for itself, the safety of the children, the peace. This God who controls all the weather looks after us. No other God is like our God.

Tobit 11

Tobias nears home. Raphael urges him to go ahead and prepare his family for the arrival of everyone and to bring the gall for Tobit’s eyes. Anna sees them coming. Tobias uses the gall on Tobit’s eyes and removes the cataracts. Tobit can see and praises God. He goes out to the gate of Nineveh and greets and blesses his daughter-in-law Sarah. There is great praise, blessing and rejoicing.

1 John 1

The writer begins by saying that what is written is evidence-based, directly experienced, so that we may have fellowship with these Christians and with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

The key message is that God is light: pure and clear. If we keep sinning but say we live our lives with God we are have no truth. If we live lives according to God we are in fellowship with each other and are washed clean of sin through Jesus’s sacrifice for us.

We are deceived if we say we have no sin. But when we confess our sins Jesus is faithful and just, forgives us and clears us.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Sanctuary Island
Deniliquin NSW  L Osburn
Wonderful God in ancient times you healed and supported your faithful people. You have helped them pass on examples of right behaviour, prayer and trust in you. How much more is our joy that you sent your Son Jesus so that we may be restored to your presence and live with you? As we reflect on today help us now to bring to you our concerns and failures so that we may lives our lives with you this night and forever more through Jesus Christ our Lord and redeemer. Amen

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