Monday, 8 August 2016

9 August 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Tuesday 9 August 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 89: 39 - 53

The psalm is about a descendant of David for whom there has been losses in battle, destruction of the city and removal of the office of King. It laments the withdrawal of the support and protection of God. This is an appeal to God to remember the promises to David.

Hosea 13: 1 – 14 (15 – 16)

Hosea says Israel has rejected God and worships Baals. Even though God fed them in the desert still their hearts are proud. Their lack of recognition of God will bring destruction. Their actions will come back to them and dry up any chance of relief. Destruction will come.

Acts 16: 11 – 24

Paul and Silas are in Philippi, which is in Macedonia and at the time a Roman colony. They go to a place of prayer and meet Lydia. Lydia listens, is baptised as are all her household. Paul and Silas stay in her home.

There is a slave, a girl who follows Paul and Silas telling everyone they are prophets of the Most High God and are bringing salvation to all. She does this for many days. Paul orders the spirit of divination from her. She then can no longer make money for her owners. The owners become angry and take them before the magistrate.

Paul and Silas are charged with being Jews in a Roman colony, stripped, flogged and gaoled with their feet held in stocks.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Bogged backwards
Mulwala NSW  L Osburn

Bogged forwards
Mulwala NSW  L Osburn
O Lord, how precious are your people and the communities, though small, that remember and recognise that you are the Most High God. Be with all of us when hope dries up and when we see oppression and persecution, to not stay in that muddy place, but to come to you, to seek you, and to be washed clean so that we, your people may through your spirit of truth, draw others to you and to the freedom that comes from your steadfast love and grace through Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer. Amen

Tuesday 9 August 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 91

This psalm is one of reassurance and comfort about the care and protection the faithful have from God. “For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (v.11)”. This is a reminder of God’s loving protection and deliverance to those who call for salvation.

Lamentations 4: 12 – 22

The destruction of Jerusalem is unbelievable. It is brought by the corruption of priests and prophets. The people are scattered, hunted and trapped. They die in hunter’s pits.

There is a warning: Edom too will suffer like this.

Romans 9: 14 – 24

God has the right to have mercy where God chooses to have mercy. God too can harden the hearts of those God chooses (like Pharaoh). God, like a potter, has the right to shape the clay any way and to use that clay to offer people a path to salvation. God has offered mercy and the riches of the kingdom to people of all nations.

Collect for Evening Prayer

Barooga NSW  L Osburn
God of mercy, healing, forgiveness and redemption, by your grace we are kept from harm. Help us to be alert to subtle hardening of our hearts and questioning your steadfast love for us. Remind us that we have been given the path to salvation through the death and resurrection of your Son. Remind us that we are blessed. Guide us to reach out, to include others, to rescue the hunted and trapped and pass on your mercy and grace so that they too may be blessed through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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