Readings and Prayers: May 30th 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzQO8Fuccjc  and Communion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YutotPVoSI

 There is material for families and children at https://www.facebook.com/woodfieldchurcheschildrenswork/

 

 

The Collect

Holy God, faithful and unchanging:

enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,

and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,

that we may truly worship you,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen

Gospel: John 3:1-17

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.’ Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again’ ‘How can someone be born when they are old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!’Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no-one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, “You must be born again.” The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.’ ‘How can this be?’ Nicodemus asked. 10 ‘You are Israel’s teacher,’ said Jesus, ‘and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven – the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.’ 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

A suggestion:

  1. Parts, perhaps not the whole, of this passage are very familiar but read it all slowly. What word or phrase stands out for you?
  2. Read the collect with its prayer that our minds are enlarged with the knowledge of God’s truth and that we are drawn more deeply into the mystery of his love. How is this speaking to you today? Can you make that prayer your own?

Prayers for today:

  • For all Christians that we might enlarge our vision of God and serve him more faithfully
  • For children and families on half term break
  • For the media in their power of influence over hearts and minds that they might show wisdom in their reporting
  • For us all that we may reflect and think deeply on the issues of the day and not be swayed unthinkingly by public opinion
  • For the people of the Middle East
  • For the people of India and Pakistan still facing huge problems in the face of Covid
  • For the villages and people served by the Woodfield Team
  • For the Prime Minister, his cabinet and Parliament
  • For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved