Friday, 11 November 2016

12 November 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 12 November 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 33

This psalm is a great hymn of praise to God citing evidence including creation, oversight of nations, strength beyond that of people or war-horses, the steadfast love that delivers our souls from death. The psalm ends saying our souls wait for the Lord, our hearts are glad because we trust and with an appeal for God’s steadfast love to be with us.

Susanna 34 - 64

The two judges bring Susanna to court and lay their hands on her head to give evidence against her. They accuse her of knowingly sending her maids away, and being intimate with a young man who was hidden in the garden. The judges say the young man escaped when they tried to restrain them both. Susanna, crying prays to God and says aloud that this is false evidence. The community sentence her to death. However Daniel, a young boy, cries out that he will not be part of killing someone who is innocent and that the elders need to examine the witnesses. The elders stop and listen. Daniel instructs them to separate the witnesses and asks each separately under what tree the intimate act took place. They each answer a different tree thus proving their evidence a lie. The judges are bith executed, Susanna is freed and Daniel’s reputation for wisdom is established.

Matthew 24: 15 – 31

When the disciples and people see the desecrating sacrilege in the holy place they had best flee – taking nothing. It will be a dreadful time. Pregnant and nursing women will have the worst of it. The suffering will be greater than anything seen until now. But it will be cut short else all the elect would perish. At that time we are not to follow false Messiahs in the desert or the cities. The sun will be darkened, the moon give no light, stars will fall from heaven and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear. People will mourn. Angels will sound a loud trumpet and the elect will be collected.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Sometimes even in 4WD the going gets tough
Savernake NSW  L Osburn
Holy Lord, you are the ultimate power and you love and care for us all. Evil and even the great calamities at the end of time will have limits. Like Daniel, we are not to be passive but work to bring your justice and to achieve safety as far as possible. Be with us today in whatever we encounter. Guide us to do your will and to trust and hope in your steadfast love through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord and Your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Saturday 12 November 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 31

This powerful psalm is on the theme of taking refuge in God and has the words “Into your hand I commit my spirit”. The second part asks for God’s grace and the final part praises God and encourages us to love the Lord, “be strong and let your heart take courage” (v. 24).

Wisdom 3: 1– 15

The death of the righteous will seem to the ungodly to be a disaster. But they will be safe, visited by God and shine. Those who trust God will understand the truth and the faithful will be with God. The ungodly will find their works come to nothing of substance.

Women who cannot have children and eunuchs both of whom lived good lives will be blessed and have a place of delight with God.

Revelation 6: 1 - 11

The Lamb opens the first five seals. Seal one is a white horse – irresistible conquering power. The second is red symbolising war and bloodshed. The third is red symbolising the famine that follows war. The fourth is pestilence and death but not total destruction of the earth. The fifth is the prayers of all those martyred for the sake of Christ. The martyrs ask how long? They are given pure white robes to wear and are told that more will be martyred before this is over.

Collect for Evening Prayer

At the end of the day
Boomanoomana NSW  L Osburn
Holy Lord you and only you know what lies ahead. Help us to remain faithful and calm assured of your love and care even though wars, pestilence and destruction surround us. Help us to continually seek, to commit our spirits to your grace and to care for others in these times to your glory through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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