Monday, 7 November 2016

8 November 2016


Prayers developed from the daily readings 

Saturday 8 November 2014
Morning Prayer

Psalms 20 and 21: 1 – 7 (8 – 13)

The first psalm begins as a bidding prayer asking that the King’s prayers be heard and answered. God is the one in whom the community trusts, not men or chariots. The second psalm takes this theme of the power being with God and the King’s dependence on God in all things.

Jonah 2

Jonah having been cast into the sea and now in the belly of the fish prays to God. Written in the text is his prayer of thanksgiving for his deliverance. The Lord speaks to the fish and it spews Jonah out on to dry land.

Matthew 23: 1 – 15

Jesus tells the crowd that the scribes and Pharisees know their Mosaic Law and have their position because of it. The people are to listen to them and learn but not follow all the minute interpretations that tie up people in knots. Instead the people are to listen and pray and take their instruction from the Messiah. Jesus laments the scribes and Pharisees whose behaviour effectively does the opposite of their intentions – it harms widows instead of caring for them and blocks from kingdom of heaven the Pharisees and those who follow them.

Collect for Morning Prayer

Look! Through the brush - the Cross.
The Abbey Benedictine Community
Jamberoo NSW  L Osburn
Wonderful, gracious and mighty God you deliver us when we call on you even when we are heading in the wrong direction or full of pride. By your grace you break through our stubbornness. Today Lord break through into our lives and turn us around so that we face you, serve you and do so with love and compassion for all so that all who contact us are enabled, encouraged and supported to enter your kingdom through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord and Your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.

Saturday 8 November 2014
Evening Prayer

Psalms 24 and 26

The Lord of hosts is the King of glory, is the focus of this psalm. The world and everything in it is God’s. Those who aspire to heaven are the pure and righteous.

The second psalm is from a person who is faithful and has integrity and who has been falsely accused. The psalm asks God to look inside and to bring redemption.

Bel and the Dragon 23 – 42

The Babylonians also have a dragon that they worship. The king challenges Daniel saying that he cannot deny that the dragon is alive – a living god. Daniel promises to kill the dragon without sword or club. He feed the creature pitch, fat and hair. The creature bursts open and people can see it is just a creature not a god.

The Babylonians are angry and accuse the king of becoming Jew. They threaten the king and his household unless he hands over Daniel. They put Daniel in a den of lions.

Meanwhile in Judea, Habakkuk a prophet makes a stew and is visited by an angel telling him to feed the stew to Daniel in the lion’s den. Habakkuk admits he does not know where that is so the angel takes him there. Daniel is fed. The king comes on the seventh day to the lion’s den and finds Daniel alive. He releases Daniel, praises God and has those who challenged him put into the den where they all perish.

Revelation 3: 7 – 13

John is to write to the church in Philadelphia. Jesus knows they are small and faithful and struggling with a difficult synagogue. As a result of the Philadelphians’ patient endurance they will be protected in the trials to come. They are to hold fast to what they have and by doing so be conquerors, named for God and their city named for the new Jerusalem.

Collect for Evening Prayer

The stream in the dark gully
The Abbey Benedictine Community
Jamberoo NSW  L Osburn
Holy and almighty God, you provide redemption, deliverance and steadfast love to your faithful people everywhere especially those facing distress, threats to their lives and challenges to their beliefs. Hear the prayers of the faithful, deliver them so that your people may hold fast in their beliefs and be conquerors by your grace through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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