Thursday, 8 September 2016

9 September 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Friday 9 September 2016 
Morning Prayer

Psalm 22: 1 – 22

This portion of the psalm is a solemn prayer for deliverance from a dreadful illness. It is an illness that has detractors circling the psalmist. The psalmist feels alone and separated from God but is reminded of all the times God was there in the past for the Israelites. The psalmist is humble, asks to be saved not just from the illness but also from any temptation.

2 Chronicles 36: 15 – 23

This passage tells how the people mocked and scoffed at God’s messengers and continued to be unfaithful. As there was no hope for them they were invaded, most were killed and those not killed were taken into captivity. During the time of exile it was as if Jerusalem caught up on all the Sabbaths it had missed. Eventually Cyrus the King of Persia was moved by God to allow the people to return and rebuild the temple.

Acts 28: 1 – 16

The shipwreck survivors find they are on Malta. The people are welcoming and generous. While building a fire Paul is bitten by a snake. The Maltese people expect him to die and decide he must have been a murderer. They wait and watch for him to die. When nothing happens they decide he must be a god. The leader of the area gives the survivors accommodation in his home. His father is sick and Paul heals him. Thereafter many people come to be healed. The people are grateful and after 3 months the group set sail for Rome. They stop on the way and meet communities of believers. When Paul arrives in Rome he is permitted to live by himself with the soldier who was guarding him.

Collect for Morning Prayer

The Old Wharf
Eucla WA  L Osburn

Great and mighty God, even when our lives and communities are a shipwreck you bring us through to safety. Be with us today and help us to be healers for others by calmness, gladness, trust in you and our prayers through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and your Holy Spirit alive in our hearts. Amen.

Friday 9 September 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalms 22: 23 – 32 and 23

The second section of the psalm, calls for all people who respect and honour God to give praise, glorify and stand in awe! God has delivered the psalmist from deadly illness and this evidence shows that all God’s promises are secure. The Lord rules in all places and future generations will continue God’s praise.

This is the well-known 23rd Psalm. The Lord is compared to a shepherd who makes sure the sheep are well pastured, have clean water, are at peace and have nothing to fear. God makes us holy (anoints us) and gives us good things our whole life long even in the valley of the shadow of death and in the presence of enemies.

Judith 16: 1 – 12

This is the song of Judith praising God and recounting her story. “O Lord, you are great and glorious, wonderful in strength, invincible” (v.13).

2 John

This is a brief letter encouraging the readers to continue in loving God and loving each other and to be wary of false teachers who deny Jesus’s life as a human. The writer calls the denial of Jesus’s humanity the work of the devil. We are not to welcome these people into our homes as teachers because we would be participating in spreading the evil. The writer ends saying he hope to visit soon and sends greeting from another group of believers.

Collect for Evening Prayer

The Travellers' Cross
Eucla WA  L Osburn
Awesome God, you are invincible. Our hearts can take courage and be strong knowing your wonderful deeds and great love that brought Jesus to live as one of us and to die for us all. Be with us this night and open our hearts so that we may recall all the victories won by you today in our lives and in joy and gladness give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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