Friday, 23 September 2016

24 September 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 24 September 2016 
Morning Prayer

Psalms 56 and 57

The first psalm speaks of trust in God who is our salvation and who is with us when we fear the actions of other people. It ends in praise and commitment to faith.

The second psalm again is an appeal for aid against enemies who are compared to lions. The psalm shifts to praise. The psalmist wakes each morning to sing God’s praise, to uplift the soul and to ask God to be exalted in the world: to let God’s glory shine.

Joel 2: 12 – 24

The people are called to repentance, to rend their hearts not their clothes. They are called to fast from the smallest baby to the highest priest. God answers with a remission of the plague and the coming of early rains so that food, oil and wine production can begin again.

Matthew 8: 23 – 34

Jesus gets in a boat and while on the lake a storm front hits. Jesus is asleep but the disciples, afraid for their lives wake him. He tells them they have little faith – since he is with them. Gets up and tells the storm to stop. It stops. The disciples are amazed.

On the shore two people who live around the tombs and possessed by demons recognise Christ as the Son of God and recognise his power. The demons ask to be released from the humans and put into the grazing pigs. The pigs rush down the slope and drown themselves. The herder runs to town to report the event and the townspeople beg Jesus to leave.

Collect for Morning Prayer

The Yurt - Listening with the ears of our heart
The Abbey Benedictine Community
Jamberoo NSW  L Osburn
Powerful and compassionate God you love us and protect us from plagues, storms, and demons: nothing is too great for you. And you ask us to open our hearts to you, to be calm and confident in our relationship with you: you are with us. Keep our hearts open to you today so that we in build and strengthen our relationship with you through Jesus Christ our Lord, companion and friend. Amen.

Saturday 24 September 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalms 60 and 61

The disaster has struck. The people of the country are suffering. God has set up a banner for the faithful to rally behind. This psalm is an appeal to God to be with us in the challenge ahead. The psalm ends with “With God we shall do valiantly” (v.12).

The second psalm is a prayer for protection. God is describes as a rock, a shelter, a hiding place and a great bird under whose wings we are protected.

1 Maccabees 3: 1 – 26

Judas Maccabeus takes command of the army, puts on a breastplate and begins a campaign to rid the land of those who break the Law and those who trouble the faithful people. He wins a battle against Apollonius governor of Samaria and though greatly outnumbered, with the aid of God wins a great battle against Seron the commander of the Syrian army. “It is not the size of the army that victory in battle depends, but strength comes from heaven” (v.19).

Ephesians 6: 10 – 24

Paul advises us to put on the armour of God and to know that our enemies are not flesh and blood people. The enemies are the cosmic powers of darkness and spiritual forces of evil: not people. Our armour therefore is the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes to proclaim the gospel, a shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. We are to pray in the spirit at all times and pray for fellow Christians everywhere.

He ends asking for prayers for him and introducing Tychicus who will bring the letter to them and blesses the Ephesians.

Collect for Evening Prayer

A place to reflect
The Abbey Benedictine Community
Jamberoo NSW  L Osburn
Holy and Almighty God you protect us and want us to be united with you and each other. You call us to the great campaign. This night, help us review our armour: that we read and know your truth, that we love you and love others as you love us, that we are willing to proclaim your gospel, step out in faith confident in the salvation you won for us and in the strength of your Holy Spirit, so that we may in the days to come faithfully do your will and bring your peace and glory to our world through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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