Daily Reading and Prayer – Sunday, January 17

Genesis 1-9 (selected verses)

1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

2:8 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Prayer

Father, you are the one true God

whom to know is life eternal, whom to serve is joy and peace.

You have created all that is.

The whole universe testifies to the majesty and power of you, its Maker.

We praise you, God of all creation!

We praise you, Lord God,

for you have come to us in Jesus Christ, your Son, 

bringing salvation through a new covenant entered by faith.

We praise you, God of our salvation!

We praise you, Lord God, for you continue to come to us 

by the Holy Spirit, your presence in the world, 

and our comfort and source of faith.

We praise you, God of our renewal!

We praise you, Lord God,

for you continue to come to us through the Scriptures,

The Old and New Testaments witness to your mighty acts.

Through them, you reveal your holy love, and lead us to Jesus Christ.

We praise you, God of revelation!

This day and all days, from churches, homes and hospitals, 

apartments and care centres, with the one church universal, 

we praise and worship you as one God, eternal Trinity, 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

three in one, one in three, equal in power and glory;

the Father to whom we come,

the Son through whom we come, the Spirit by whom we come.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be!

As we enter your presence, Father, 

we are conscious of our unworthiness before you; 

We confess that we are sinners.

We do not care for the world as we should.

We do not fulfill our calling to serve You.

Our lives do not reflect our Creator’s love.

Our failure is sin, a rebellion against You, our God,

an insistence that we be god in our own lives.

We do not love you, our God, without reserve; 

nor do we love our neighbour as ourselves.

Forgive us our sins, we pray.  Hear our silent prayers, O Lord…

Amen. 

Hear the Good News!

While all people fall short of God’s standards and need salvation.

God’s way to salvation has been revealed in Jesus Christ.

Through the death and resurrection of Christ our sins are forgiven.

Salvation means life, forgiveness, healing, wholeness.

It comes from God’s grace received through faith in Christ alone.  Thanks be to God!