26 September 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Monday 26 September 2016
Psalms 65 and 70
Psalm 65 is a glorious hymn of praise to God, who forgives us, saves us, satisfies our souls and creates the world and everything in it. In particular it gives praise for the food we receive at harvest time.
Psalm 70 is a plea for help in time of urgent need. It asks for those who seek harm to be confused and turned back and those who seek God to rejoice and give praise.
Joel 2: 25 – 3: 8
Joel speaks of the end times when the sun goes dark, the moon turns blood red, God judges all the nations and all the Jews are returned from slavery and their slavers are sold on to others.
Matthew 9: 1 – 13
Friends carry a man who is paralysed to Jesus. Jesus recognises the man’s faith and forgives his sins. The scribes complain that this is blaspheming. Jesus then and shows them he has been given the authority to forgive sins since he can heal whole bodies. He tells the man to get up and walk which he does. The people rejoice that such authority is given to a human.
Jesus sees Matthew in the tax booth and says, “Follow me”. Later when he is eating with the tax collectors, the Pharisees complain. He replies that those who are well do not need a physician and quotes scripture as their lesson “I desire mercy, not sacrifice” (v.13). Jesus then states his mission is to those who sin.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Lake Mulwala NSW L Osburn
Monday 26 September 2016
A great song of praise to God: “Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth” (v 1). The psalmist lists the gifts of God and particularly that prayers are answered. God is a God of steadfast love.
1 Maccabees 3: 27 – 41
King Antiochus is enraged by the defeat so sets up a system to fund an army then realises he does not have the treasury to sustain it. He previously abolished laws that made the land productive and his income was depleted. He delegates half his forces to Lysias to defeat the Maccabees. Antiochus travels across the Euphrates to the northern territories to raise the funds. A massive army goes to the plain of Emmaus and slave traders attend the site with their fetters ready to take the captured Jews away.
Colossians 1: 1 – 8
Paul greets the community at Colossae and recognises their faith and hope found from hearing the gospel from Epaphras, a faithful minister of Christ.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Ovens River Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Holy and awesome God, you answer our prayers, and you give us hope when we face overwhelming opposition and when we are starting out new communities of faith with you. Keep our hope, faith and love alive and strong so that we, through our actions, may be your faithful ministers and make known your love in the Spirit through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.