Readings and Prayers: 26th September

Readings and Prayers: September 26th 2021

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.

A service of Morning Prayer can be accessed here:  https://youtu.be/_YkwURjU9hM

Services this week, all at 10am, are at Measham (Holy Communion), Appleby (Harvest), Normanton (Holy Communion) and Donisthorpe (Harvest).

There is also a Zoom service at 5pm. Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84209828483?pwd=SjdLclZNbktKbi8rV1UvRzdRdmFUQT09

Collect

Almighty God,

You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless

till they find their rest in you.

Teach us to offer ourselves to your service, that here we may have your peace,

and in the world to come may see you face to face;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord

Amen.

Gospel: Mark 9:38 – end

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man who was driving out demons in your name, and we told him to stop, because he doesn't belong to our group.”

39 “Do not try to stop him,” Jesus told them, “because no one who performs a miracle in my name will be able soon afterward to say evil things about me. 40 For whoever is not against us is for us. 41 I assure you that anyone who gives you a drink of water because you belong to me will certainly receive a reward.

42 “If anyone should cause one of these little ones to lose faith in me, it would be better for that person to have a large millstone tied around the neck and be thrown into the sea. 43 So if your hand makes you lose your faith, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a hand than to keep both hands and go off to hell, to the fire that never goes out. 44 [a] 45 And if your foot makes you lose your faith, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a foot than to keep both feet and be thrown into hell. 46 [b] 47 And if your eye makes you lose your faith, take it out! It is better for you to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to keep both eyes and be thrown into hell. 48 There ‘the worms that eat them never die, and the fire that burns them is never put out.’

49 “Everyone will be purified by fire as a sacrifice is purified by salt.

50 “Salt is good; but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again?

“Have the salt of friendship among yourselves, and live in peace with one another.”

A suggestion:

  1. How is your salt today?
  2. What could you do to keep it fresh?

Prayers for today:

  • For the healing of our world: its people, its living creatures and its plant and sea life
  • For the people of Afghanistan, of the Yemen, of Hong Kong and Myanmar; for all who find themselves refugees with nothing to call their own
  • For the men and women of violence who seek their ends by bullet, bomb and knife to learn the way of peace
  • For the leaders of powerful nations for whom economic concerns and self-interest may militate against peace
  • For those parts of our world suffering the effects of natural disaster – for Haiti,  India, Madagascar
  • For Rick and the ministry team and wardens.
  • For the villages and people served by the Woodfield Team
  • For the 7 schools served by the Woodfield Team and for how we can engage with the schools
  • For the Fun afternoon on Saturday that we can engage and re-engage with the youngsters of our Parishes
  • For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved
  • For our own healing of body, mind and spirit