Prayer for the Day – Monday 30 November

Collect
Almighty God,
who gave such grace to your apostle Saint Andrew
that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ
   and brought his brother with him:
call us by your holy word,
and give us grace to follow you without delay
   and to tell the good news of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Isaiah 52.7–10
How beautiful upon the mountains
   are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
   who announces salvation,
   who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’
Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices,
   together they sing for joy;
for in plain sight they see
   the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
   you ruins of Jerusalem;
for the Lord has comforted his people,
   he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord has bared his holy arm
   before the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see
   the salvation of our God.

from Psalm 19
The heavens are telling the glory of God
  and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
One day pours out its song to another
  and one night unfolds knowledge to another.
They have neither speech nor language
  and their voices are not heard,
Yet their sound has gone out into all lands
  and their words to the ends of the world.
In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun,
  that comes forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber
     and rejoices as a champion to run his course.
It goes forth from the end of the heavens
     and runs to the very end again,
  and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Andrew
Though Andrew is named among the apostles in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, it is in John’s gospel that most is learned about him. Andrew was a Galilean fisherman, mending his nets, when Jesus called him to follow him, which he promptly did. He then seems to have remained with Jesus until the end. He was there at the feeding of the five thousand and then later, when some Greeks in Jerusalem wanted to see Jesus, Philip brought them to Andrew who told Jesus of their request. Tradition has him travelling on several missionary journeys and eventually being martyred by being crucified on an x-shaped cross.