Reading and Prayers: 24th March 2024

Hello everyone,

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and we remember Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the prelude to the world changing events of Easter. Join us during the week as we look at the events of Christ's final days in our services. Pray for our clergy as they minister to us and pray for any visitors to our churches at this season.  

Services this week:

This Sunday we have Palm Sunday Worship for All at Packington, Holy Communion with Kids Kingdom Sunday School at Appleby, Morning Prayer at Measham and Donisthorpe at the Halfway House Pub, and a lay led Palm Sunday service at Swepstone.

 

Looking ahead:

Packington Church have Coffee & Chat in from 10.00am to 12.00noon

Activeage meet at 11.00am also on Wednesday in Measham Church Hall;

On Maundy Thursday (28th) there is a Maundy Supper at Swepstone (booking essential) and a Maundy Service at Packington, both at 7.30pm.

On Good Friday (29th) there will be a service at Appleby and Way of the Cross at Measham both at 10.00am, An Hour at the Cross at Norton at 3.00pm, and Way of the Cross at Packington at 7.30pm.

Easter Sunday (31st) there will be Easter Celebration services at Appleby and Snarestone, Holy Communion at Measham, Normanton, Swepstone and Donisthorpe at the Wesleyan Reform Chapel in Moira, and a Family Holy Communion service at Packington, all at 10.00am.

 

Woodfield Team prayer

God our Father, you long to draw all people into your love.

Increase in number your church throughout the Woodfield Team; deepen us as followers and learners of Christ; and give us courage to share the good news of your kingdom.

We pray this in the power of your Spirit, to the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Collect for Sunday 24th March – Palm Sunday

True and humble king,

hailed by the crowd as Messiah:

grant us the faith to know you and love you,

that we may be found beside you

on the way of the cross,

which is the path of glory.

Amen

 

Reading for 24th March – John 12.12-16 New International Version (UK)

Jesus comes to Jerusalem as king

12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

‘Hosanna!’

‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’

‘Blessed is the king of Israel!’

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written:

15        ‘Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
          see, your king is coming,
          seated on a donkey’s colt.’

16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realise that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

 

Prayers for today:

We pray:

Eternal Lord, you are our creator and sustainer. We bring before you the needs of our church, our world, our communities, and ourselves.

  • Almighty God, as we approach Holy Week, hearing again the story of Christ’s passion, may it help us to truly understand the sacrifice he made for us.
  • We thank you for Christ the servant and ask, in the words of St Ignatius, that you teach us to be generous. Teach us to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that we do your will.
  • We think of Christ at prayer whilst his disciples slept. We recognise that sometimes we put off prayer and thanksgiving as we give way to our human frailty.  We thank you for those who pray with us and for us, especially for our clergy and ministry team.
  • We think of Christ betrayed with a kiss and with denials. Please help us never to abandon someone in their time of greatest need. Help us to forgive those who have wounded and abandoned us in times of crisis. Cleanse our hearts from bitterness and resentment so that we can be more like Jesus, who was abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him.
  • We think of Christ falsely tried, condemned, and executed. We pray for those who do not receive fair justice, and for all prisoners throughout the world. We ask you to be with them in the darkness of their prison cell, in the loneliness of separation from those they love, and in their fear in the face of isolation and even death.
  • We think of Christ’s compassion despite the way he received none himself. Loving God, we pray for all who bring comfort, care and healing and we remember before you those who are in need: the sick, the sorrowful, those who have recently died and those who are bereaved by their passing.
  • Father God, send us out into Holy Week commending everyone we meet, all for whom Christ suffered, to your mercy and protection.

 

Amen.

 

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