Readings and Prayers: September 12th 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/Ss2Uvwa-qJc

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

The Collect

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:

grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel

that, always abiding in you,

they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen

 

Gospel: Mark 8:27-end

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, ‘Who do people say I am?’

28 They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’

29 ‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’

Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah.’ 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. ‘Get behind me, Satan!’ he said. ‘You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.’

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.’

A suggestion:

This stage in Jesus’ story is a real turning point. From now on the cross casts its shadow as Jesus heads for Jerusalem.

  1. How would you answer Jesus’ question ‘who do you say that I am?’ It’s a question each of us is called to answer.
  2. How do you react to Jesus’ teaching in this passage? Here is no Jesus gentle and mild. Talk to him about your reactions

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, Greece, India, Madagascar
  • For all the changes in the Woodfield Team as Vivien approaches retirement. For Rick and the ministry team and wardens. For Vivien’s farewell service next week
  • For the villages and people served by the Woodfield Team
  • For the 7 schools served by the Woodfield Team as staff negotiate the return from Lockdown; for our resumption of assemblies in those schools
  • For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved
  • For our own healing of body, mind and spirit