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Lord, bless all those who are being released from prison today. Grant that their families will welcome them back and help them to re-adjust to society again. Help them to know that not only have they discharged their duty to society but that you accept them as well and want them to hold their heads high and move forward. I ask It in Christ. – AMEN
Lord, bless today all those who are unhappy in their work. If they are forced to do work they dislike, help them to find aspects of it that are pleasant. Help them to form good friendships amongst the people around them. Help them to recognise the advantages their work gives them and to trust you to make it worthwhile. I ask it In Christ. – AMEN
O Lord, let the people who are your disciples be gathered together today to praise and glorify your name. Let those who are weary be strengthened, those who are worried be reassured, those who are afraid be given courage, those who are doubting be deepened in their faith, and those who are strong be joyful. In Christ’s name. – AMEN
“My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations”.
Mk 11:17 GNB
The Old Testament story of the history of God’s dealings with the Israelite begins with the account of God’s call to Abraham. In it God promises to make the Israelites a great nation who will be a blessing to other nations. Along the way this promise was often taken to mean that God would give them special privilege, and that they would be superior to other nations. Gradually there built up a sense of “God for the Jews” and little attention was given to the Gentiles. Their experience in exile in Babylon, however, opened up a wider world. God was still God – even in a foreign country. And there began to dawn the sense that God would one day gather other people to Jerusalem where they would be able to worship him. When the second temple was built towards the end of the sixth century BC it was built in a segregated system. The inner sanctuary was called “the Holy of Holies” and only the High Priest could enter it. Then there was a court of the priests, a court of the women, then a much larger outer court of the Gentiles. It was in this court of the Gentiles that the buying and selling of the animals for sacrifice took place. And this was the part that was desecrated by the commerce to which Jesus took exception. It deprived the Gentile Jews of a sacred place for prayer.
When the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost it directed the apostles to the wider world of the Gentiles for Christ. Christians must always jealously guard this universal embrace of Christ for people of all nations, genders and races.
Lord, thank you for the world-wide love of Jesus.
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