1 December 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Thursday 1 December 2016
This psalm is one of community lament. Enemies have come and destroyed the city, the temple and everything that gives identity to the people. An appeal is made to God using stories of creation and provision for the people. The enemy ridicules and the soul of the people is at risk of being destroyed. The psalmist asks to Lord to rise up for the people’s sake.
Isaiah 3: 13 – 4: 6
The Lord will judge the elders and princes who have taken what belongs to the poor and crushed them. The women of Jerusalem will lose everything, their pride, belongings, beauty and honour. So many men will die in battle that seven women will seek marriage by the same man. They will not claim sustenance from him but provide for themselves: at least they are married.
The righteous will remain and prosper once the city has been cleaned. Then God will establish a protective canopy over Mount Zion and its places of assembly.
Mark 5: 21 – 43
Again the crowd gathers. A leader of the synagogue, Jarius approaches. Jarius’ daughter is sick he asks Jesus to some and place his hands on her. On the way a woman with faith who had been haemorrhaging for 12 years touches his garment. Jesus notices that individual touch, stops, asks who did it and receives the woman, calling her daughter and stating that her faith has made her well.
Meanwhile, news comes that Jarius’ daughter is dead. Jesus says to Jarius “Do not fear, only believe” (v. 36). On arrival at the house the mourners are present and wailing. Jesus sends them out saying that the girl is sleeping. He ushers the parents and a small group of disciples into the room, takes the girl’s hand and gently tells her to get up. She gets up, walks around. Jesus tells them to feed her.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Cleansing and restoring water|
Beedalup National Park WA
Thursday 1 December 2016
Psalms 75 and 76
The first psalm begins with praise and moves on to describe God as judge: putting down the boastful wicked and lifting up the righteous.
In second psalm God is portrayed as a mighty warrior who protects the poor and oppressed against foes, even armies of nations. When human wrath results in a response from God then it brings us all to thanks and praise to God.
Isaiah 41: 17 – 29
Isaiah puts God’s case that the poor, the parched, the desolate will be given water and the earth reshaped – trees will grow where there was wilderness. God challenges the other gods to show their capacity and sees there is nothing: they are nothing. God will raise up someone from the north and conquer the land and free it but there is no one in Jerusalem to receive this good news – no one to hear and pass it on.
1 Thessalonians 3
Paul, persecuted, knew he could not leave Athens so sent Timothy to the Thessalonians to check how they are bearing up under the persecution. Everyone knew persecutions would occur. Timothy’s report is good news of the Thessalonians' faith and love and that gives Paul immense encouragement and hope that he will get to see them again. He blesses them.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|What a great "back yard"|
Around Porepunkah Vic L Osburn
Holy Lord you have held us in your loving embrace and warrior strength throughout all time. Humans besieged and persecute each other but those who are faithful and steadfast in your love have the capacity to hear the good news, to have hope and be encouraged. In the quiet now, open our ears and hearts to you so that we hear your good news, take it in, and pass on your message of hope, love and restoration through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.