Monday, 29 August 2016

30 August 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 30 August 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalms 148 and 149

These two psalms call on every part of creation to praise and glorify God.  Parts call for dance and celebration of victories over enemy nations.

2 Chronicles 35: 10 – 27

King Josiah’s Passover is described in detail. Even those watching the gates of the city are helped to participate.

The chapter ends with king Josiah’s death in battle against Neco of Egypt – a battle that was not his. Josiah’s death is lamented and recorded in the Book of Kings.

Acts 23: 25 – 24: 9

The tribune writes a letter to the governor explaining all that has transpired and why he is sending Paul, a Roman citizen to him. The governor keeps Paul safe and Ananias high priest, some elders and Tertullus the lawyer come to explain their case against Paul. They accuse Paul of being a pest, a member of the Nazarene sect and profaning the temple. They ask the governor to examine Paul. Their whole group asserts that the accusations are true.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Pink Frangipani
Mandurah WA  L Osburn
God of the Passover, who protects your people of faith, look upon us in times of conflict where our faith is shaken and we are tempted to join battles that are not ours. Help us to enable others to seek you, your examination and your justice. Keep all your children safe so that we may find refuge in you and exult and bless your name through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen

Tuesday 30 August 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalms 144 and 150

The first psalm is of a king who has prepared for war, he calls on God to be the strong deliverer. He expresses humility not just for himself but all people, asks for God to be with them in routing the enemy. The psalmist will sing praises, the youth and the land will flourish, there will be peace and all happiness will be restored once the battle is won.

The last psalm is of joyful and exuberant praise – instruments, dancing. “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord” (v6).

Tobit 12

Tobit and Tobias resolve to give Raphael half of all they have brought back with them since none of it would have been possible without him. Raphael calls them, instructs them to praise and bless God for everything that has occurred and not to hide it. They are to give alms and continue to be faithful and generous. He reveals that he is an angel; that it was he who heard Sarah and Tobit’s prayers and took them to God. The instruction is to bless God every day and sing his praises. Raphael ascends, they see him no more.

1 John 2: 1 – 11

The writer encourages us not to sin but if we do we have an advocate: Jesus Christ. If we say we are faithful but do not obey the commandments we are liars, there is no truth in us and we are in the darkness. If we obey then we should walk as Jesus walked.

If we say we are “in the light” but hate a fellow believer we are in the darkness, we are blind and do not know where we are going.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Quietly in the garden
Mandurah WA  L Osburn

Holy and mighty God, when we consider all you have done and all the blessings you have provided for us our hearts can only respond in praise and thanksgiving. When things are tough you want us to walk in mercy and love with you to turn from hate and turn to your love and grace. Help us this night to sit in quiet awe and give you thanks and praise for all the blessings you have poured on us and especially for the gift of your son Jesus Christ who died for us all. Amen.

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