11 September 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 11 September 2015
This psalm tells of the joy and gladness we experience as we enter the house of the Lord with a prayer for safety and peace in Jerusalem. The temple brought the tribes of Israel together. For the sake of the house itself we will support it. And for our relatives and friends we pray for peace within each of them.
Luke 19: 28 – 48
Jesus sends two of the disciples to get a colt from a village. Jesus rides on the colt from the Mount of Olives to the Temple in Jerusalem. People shout blessing and peace. Some Pharisees ask Jesus to instruct the people to be quiet and Jesus says that if he did “even the stones would shout out” (v.40). As Jesus approaches Jerusalem he weeps over the city for its blindness to the way of peace. He prophesies the destruction of the city. He enters the temple and drives out people who are selling things. He teaches in the temple. The people are attentive to his words.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Eucla WA L Osburn
Sunday 11 September 2015
Jeremiah 19: 1 – 2 and 10 – 15
Jeremiah condemns the people for worshipping idols, for live sacrifice of their children to other Gods. He prophesies destruction and exile to Babylon. When he is punished and publicly humiliated by a temple officer he renames the man “Terror-all-around” and prophesies that the officer and his family will be captive and die in exile.
Psalm 51: 10 – 19
This is a psalm of penitence and has the words, “Create in me a new heart, O God and put a right spirit within me” (v.10). Once restored the psalmist wants to respond: “Lord, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise”.
God's joy is not in sacrifice but in our humble and contrite hearts. Our Jerusalem, our place for worshipping God is restored and then we will give acceptable sacrifices of praise and thanks.
Colossians 3: 12 – 21
As God's people we are to clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. We are to bear with each other, forgive and bind to each other in love. We are to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, be thankful, teach with wisdom, sing with gratitude and praise and do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ giving thanks to God through Him.
In these instructions of how we behave with each other God’s rule comes first. There is no instruction to be obedient to sinful or harmful actions by anyone. Those in position of power are to show love and mercy and know that God will pay back wrongs done, impartially.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Gum blossom and bee|
Milawa Vic L Osburn
God of restoration and peace when we come to you with humble and contrite hearts you restore in us that holy place where we can worship you with our whole being. Open our hearts to you. Help us to be fully contrite and humble so that our hearts are able to let the peace of Christ rule and so that all our actions speak of your love: compassion, kindness, thanks, wisdom unceasing praise and gratitude in all we do through the power of your Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
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