Saturday, 6 August 2016

7 August 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Sunday 7 August 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 78: 51 – 70

The psalmist shows how short the memories of humans are and how fickle. The Hebrews in the desert did not remember or take into account the miracles of God that enabled their freedom. They had little faith. God held on and made decisions about the future of the people and who would lead them, for example choosing the line of Judah rather than the line of Joseph: choosing David and Mt Zion.

Hebrews 11: 17 – 27

The writer continues with the list of the faithful who saw God’s future, God’s promise and lived their lives faithfully: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Ore loader
Gladstone Qld  L Osburn
Great planner and architect God, builder of nations and peoples, you have a vision and promise that you share with your faithful people. Open our eyes; open our hearts to see your vision and your promise for us so that we live our lives full of faith and are open to hear you and to respond to you at your choosing through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Sunday 7 August 2016
Evening Prayer

Isaiah 2: 10 – 17 

Run to the rock! Hide in the dust! There will come a day when all are brought low no matter how wealthy, large or immovable. Only God will be exalted on that day.

Psalm 33: 13 – 21

God watches us, fashions our hearts and observes our deeds. None of us are saved by our own efforts and power: not kings or war-horses. God observers those who are reverent and hope in God's steadfast love that delivers our souls from death. The psalm ends saying our souls waits for the Lord, our hearts are glad because we trust and an appeal for God’s steadfast love to be with us.

Luke 12: 31 – 48

Jesus tells parables to help us get ready, be prepared for the coming of the Lord. We need to be dressed for action, lamps lit ready to recognise and respond. Then he tells a story of a set of slaves. The master goes away and one does all the duties required – that one is blessed and will be given authority. Another Knows what the master wants done and does not do it and in fact does the opposite – that one is cut to pieces and put with the unfaithful. A third slave knows what is needed and does not prepare to do it – that one is punished severely. But the one who did not know what was required and did not do it – that one is punished lightly. To those who have been given much, much will be required.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Let fears fall away like water
Gladstone Qld  L Osburn
Loving God you deliver us and want us to inherit your kingdom. Help us attend to our souls and to get rid of the things we no longer need – mostly fear. Help us acknowledge that only through Christ can we be saved, not through our own efforts, so that we focus our hearts and souls on you and on your kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen

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