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Faith Daily | 30 November 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p464

Almighty God,

give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness

and put on the armour of light,

now in the time of this mortal life

in which your Son Jesus Christ came among us

in great humility,

that on the last day,

when he shall come again in his glorious majesty

to judge the living and the dead,

we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.


GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 4: 18-22


18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.


GOSPEL REFLECTION: Rev’d Jan


In this week of the Diocesan Ordinations, the call of Andrew and his brother Peter, is very appropriate. Right up front, though, I need to say, the call of Andrew, the call of Jane, the call of myself …. Is no more important to God than the call on each of our lives, through our baptismal promises. Each of us is significant, special, unique and loved, by God, who created each of us, and asks us simply to respond to God with love.


In our baptism the Holy Spirit is called upon to be present (as happens in each service of sacrament), and our understanding is that we, the baptized, as marked as Christ’s own forever, will listen daily to his call on our lives. Above all calls. However our path of life goes, the Holy Spirit call is about discovering and claiming the gift of our life that God needs for God’s kingdom. The way of life of Christ.


In this week of Ordination of those called for Holy Orders in God’s Church, we give God great thanks for Jane’s response to God’s call on her life. And great thanks for her family – Dimitri, Jake, Sophia, Alex and Sam who love and support her in this call. We also give great thanks for the vocation of our Archbishop Phillip, and for 21 years of devoted and dedicated service to the people of this Diocese. ++Phillip will lay his staff on the altar of the Cathedral this Saturday in the conclusion of that service amongst us.


And it is the last day of Spring! Happy St Andrew’s Day.


FINAL PRAYER Collect Prayer for St Andrew A Prayer Book for Australia p.623


Everliving God,

whose apostle Andrew heard the call of your Son

and followed, bringing his brother with him:

inspire us, like him,

to offer ourselves readily for your service

and to tell others the good news of your kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit

one God, now and for ever.

Amen

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