31 October 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Monday 31 October 2016
Psalm 83: 1 – 8 (9 – 18)
This plea for protection from enemies comes at a time when Israel is under attack from all the neighbouring peoples. The enemies are enemies of God, making a covenant against God. Direct action from God is requested so that the enemies will come to know the reality and presence of God.
Nehemiah 8: 13 – 9: 5
On the second day of the seventh month the Levites and Ezra gather to study the law. They rediscover the Festival of the Booths. They immediately reinstate the festival and people construct and live in booths in the city. Then the Jews separated from the non-Jewish Israelites and made a great and general confession. During the day the Law is read. At the end of the day the Levites lead the people in blessing the Lord.
Matthew 21: 1 – 13
Jesus arrives at Bethphage on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. He instructs the disciples to collect a donkey and foal. Mounted, he enters the city in the manner that fulfils the prophecy. A crowd gathers spreading their coats and palm branches on the road shouting, “Hosanna”. The city was in turmoil asking, “Who is this?”
Jesus goes to the temple and clears it of corrupt moneychangers and sellers of sacrificial doves. The temple is to be a house of prayer not a den of robbers.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|A pair of Galahs (slang for loveable fools)|
Eucla WA L Osburn
Monday 31 October 2016
The last psalm is of joyful and exuberant praise – instruments, dancing. “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord” (v6).
Daniel 9: 15 – 27
Daniel continues the confessional prayer for the people. Gabriel again appears and tells Daniel what is to come, rebuilding, delays, desecration of Jerusalem and the temple.
Revelation 1: 1 – 8
John begins by explaining that this is a revelation of Christ given to John by an angel. He blesses those who read the book aloud and those who hear. He greets the churches and sends them the grace and peace of Christ and of seven spirits before Christ’s throne.
He praises God and proclaims that Jesus comes on clouds, that every eye will see Him, that all will wail and, God will say “I am the Alpha and the Omega… who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (v. 8).
Collect for Evening Prayer
Armadale WA L Osburn
Holy and almighty God you want us to accept your peace, your generous grace and your presence in our lives. Help us to recognise and praise you for all the times you break through, help us, teach us and enable us to feel your presence in our lives so that we may bring hope and the promise of your kingdom to others through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour and your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.