Wednesday, 16 November 2016

16 November 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Wednesday 16 November 2016
Morning Prayer

Psalm 38

The psalmist is dreadfully ill, so much so that friends stand a bit further away and people who seek harm spread rumours. The psalmist stays quiet, trusting God, praying and asking for God’s salvation.

Zechariah 10: 6 – 11: 3

Both Israel and Judah will be saved and redeemed from Assyria and Egyptian control. The people will go through the sea of distress but its waves will abate. The tyrants around: Lebanon, Bashan and the Thickets of Jordan shall lose their power.

Matthew 25: 14 – 30

The kingdom of heaven is as if a man gives varying amounts of resources to his slaves in the proportion 5, 2 and 1. The one with 5 traded and made 5 more. The one with 2 traded and made 2 more. The one with 1 buried it. On return the man returns and settles accounts with the slaves. Those who increased the resources are praised and put in control of many things. The one who buried explains that he knows the man profits from things he doesn’t do so kept the resource safe and hands it back in full. The man becomes angry calling the slave lazy and wicked. At least he could have handed the resource to someone and gained interest. The resource the slave had is given to the one who has 5 portions.

For those who have something more will be given and those who have nothing even that will be taken and the worthless one will be cast out into darkness where there will be weeping and distress.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Briefing before tall-ship training
Busselton WA  L Osburn
Holy and generous God, you give those you anoint the capacity to do your will and become renowned. You redeem and restore your chosen people and you generously give us life and many abilities. Help us to be faithful to you today, to dedicate our tasks to you and to take the risk: to use all we are and all we have for your service and to your glory through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord and Your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Wednesday 16 November 2016
Evening Prayer

Psalm 39

The psalmist is mortally ill and perceives his illness to be punishment from God. He decides to be calm and quiet in the presence of people who would bring him more grief. He asks to know how much time he has left. Humans are like passing guests, aliens. The psalmist asks for a little relief so that he can smile before he dies.

Wisdom 6: 1 – 16

The kings and rulers of nations are warned that their rule, whether they acknowledge it or not, is given by God and under God’s watch. So, if they fail to be lawful and rule according to God’s purpose there will be a consequence for them – a more strict inquiry will be make of those who rule so they are wise to learn wisdom and observe holy things for their defense.

And wisdom can be found quietly. Those who rise early and seek her out easily discern her finding understanding in every thought.

Revelation 8

“When the Lamb opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour” (v.1). The angels are given 7 trumpets, censers of incense and the prayers of the entire saints rise. The fire in the censers is thrown on earth resulting in thunder and lightning. At the first trumpet a hail of fire and blood burns up 1/3 of the world. At the second, something like a great mountain of fire falls into the sea. At the third, a star falls from heaven and makes the water poisonous and bitter. At the fourth, the sun moon and stars are hit and their lights dull. An eagle cries “Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants of earth” (v. 13) prefacing the blasts that the last three angels will blow.

Collect for Evening Prayer

How much more are we cared for?
2000 year old Thrombolites
WA  L Osburn
God of power and might beyond our understanding and yet grace and gentleness beyond measure. Help us this night to consider the worries and troubles that assail us and to tell those concerns how great our God is. In the morning Lord, help us to seek your wisdom so we gain understanding and are guided to do your will and bring your peace to earth through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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