Reading and Prayers: 8th May 2022 - The Fourth Sunday of Easter

 Good morning everyone,

How blessed we are to be alive today.

 

We have a Woodfield Team Service this week at 10.00am:

Holy Communion - Measham.

Today is Rev’d Wilma’s last day with the Woodfield Team.

There will be a team service in St Laurence’s Measham, followed by a Bring and Share lunch in Measham Church Hall. Do come along if you can.

 

We are no longer producing a regular recorded service of Morning Prayer but do check out the Cathedral services here which you can join on-line if you would like to: http://leicestercathedral.org/services/

 

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 8th May 2022

Risen Christ,

faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:

teach us to hear your voice

and to follow your command,

that all your people may be gathered into one flock,

to the glory of God the Father.

Amen

 

Reading 8th May 2022 - The Fourth Sunday of Easter: Luke 24:36-49

  Jesus appears to the disciples

     

 

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.’

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, ‘Do you have anything here to eat?’ 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44 He said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, ‘This is what is written: the Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’

 

  Prayers for today:

God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill your Church with faith and hope.

We pray:

 For those in despair and darkness, that they may find the hope and light of Christ

 For the people of the world who find themselves refugees with nothing to call their own

For Prisoners and captives

 For The people of God, that they may proclaim the risen Lord

For God’s creation, that the peoples of the earth may meet their responsibility to care

 For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved

 For our own healing of body, mind and spirit

 As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever.