Readings and Prayers for May 17th



Jesus says: ‘I will not leave you as orphans’

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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.

  You can find an audio service of Morning Prayer at and Holy Communion at

 There is material for families and children at

The Collect.

God our redeemer,

you have delivered us from the power of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:

grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,

so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord Amen

  On this the 6th Sunday of Easter, we are approaching the time of the Ascension. Jesus has been with his disciples but not in the same way as prior to his passion. It would be lovely if we had a record of all his resurrection appearances but we don’t. They probably thought he would be around in the same way for ever but now alongside them, we are prepared for his ascension. So the gospel takes us back to that upper room and Jesus promises that although he will leave, he will send his Holy Spirit and we will not be left as orphans. He will come to us today as he did to his followers all those years ago.

Today’s gospel is John 14:15-21.  

15 ‘If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you for ever – 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me any more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.’

A suggestion: read the passage slowly and prayerfully a couple of times. John isn’t always the most straightforward to understand but what word or phrase stands out for you?

  1. Reflect: meditate on the morsel that stood out for you; let it roll around your mind; look at it from this way and that. Taste the goodness.
  2. Respond: when your reflection comes to a natural end, move into prayer from what you have read and thought. It may mean saying thanks, or sorry; it may be telling God you want to do something; you may want to argue with him. Just take it to him in prayer.
  3. Rest: be still with Jesus and rest with him in quietness.
  4. Return:  you may want to return to the passage and repeat this process later in the day.

Prayer: do pray for

  • The needs of the parishes in which we live, and which we are placed here to serve.
  • Our openness to the work of the Holy Spirit in us and in the churches
  • Our daring to share this wonderful good news that Jesus is with us
  • All to show common sense as freedom from Lockdown is worked out for some, if not all
  • God’s kingdom to come – for the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer days from Ascension to Pentecost
  • Those whose work is hard and puts them at risk
  • Those we know who are ill or bereaved at this time
  • Our loved ones, near and far

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