Reading and Prayers: 11th February 2024

Hello everyone,

This Sunday is Poverty Sunday, so we are invited to pray for:

  • all who lead in local and national government
  • wisdom and compassion in decision-making and for a fairer sharing of resources
  • churches and charities and all who offer practical help
  • those struggling at this time, that their voices may be heard.

Services this week:

This Sunday at 10.00am we have services of Holy Communion at Appleby and Donisthorpe (at the Halfway House Pub), Morning Prayer at Packington and lay led Celtic Morning Prayer at Measham. Appleby also have Kids’ Kingdom Sunday School from 9.45am.

 

Looking ahead:

There are Ash Wednesday services at 10.00am at Packington, and 7.00pm at Measham.

Also on Wednesday, Activeage is at 11.00am in Measham Church Hall.

Packington Ladies’ Group next meet at 2.30pm on Wednesday in church where Sue Paton will give a talk for Valentine’s Day inviting us to ‘Say it with Flowers’.

Our Lent course ‘Broken’ will be running at 10.30 on Thursday mornings during Lent (15th February to 21st March) in Measham Church Hall. Based on the BBC TV series of the same name starring Sean Bean as a priest, the course explores some of the big issues affecting our society and personal challenges that many people face. It asks how we are to engage with the realities of life and how they can be framed by faith in Jesus Christ. There are six themed sessions looking at:

  • Beauty in the ordinary
  • Loving the unlovable
  • Guilt and shame
  • Impossible situations
  • The power of Holy Communion
  • Is the Church still relevant and needed today?

Kids Kingdom Baby & Toddler group meets in Appleby Church Hall on Thursday from 9.00-11.00am.

On Friday, Little Fishes pre-school group meet in Measham Church Hall at 10.00am.

Next Sunday (18th) there will be Breakfast Church at Measham, Holy Communion at Normanton, Norton and Swepstone, Sunday People at Appleby, and Donisthorpe have a lay-led service at the Halfway House Pub, all at 10.00am.

 

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 11th February – The Sunday next before Lent

Almighty Father,

whose Son was revealed in majesty

before he suffered death upon the cross:

give us grace to perceive his glory,

that we may be strengthened to suffer with him

and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen

 

Reading for 11th February – Mark 9.2-9 New International Version (UK)

The transfiguration

2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

5 Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’

8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

 

Prayers for today:

We pray:

Eternal Lord, you are our creator and sustainer. We bring before you the needs of our church, our world, our communities, and ourselves:

  • Faithful God, we thank you for our church leaders and PCCs. We pray for all those involved in making decisions as we grapple with uncertainty and new ways of working. Help us to listen to your voice putting aside our own fixed ideas of how things should be and trusting in your plans for us; help us to be more open to transforming and renewing your Church.
  • Heavenly Father, your Son Jesus was wonderfully transfigured in front of his disciples high upon the holy mountain, and at that time he asked them to keep it a secret.  Help us not to keep the secret, but to proclaim it to all that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Give us strength to live the Gospel in order that the world to come to know him in the same, personal way as we do. We pray that the people of the world might lift up their eyes and come to see your light; that rulers and kings, drawn to the brightness of your truth, might rule with justice and mercy.
  • Creator God, you gave us a beautiful world to live in and to care for. We know that in many areas our stewardship has not been what it should. Yet, through the victory of Jesus Christ, we know also that you can transfigure and restore all things in creation. We pray, earnestly, for a change of heart and attitude, an awakening to a better way of living, and the courage to reject wrong principles and decisions throughout the world.
  • Loving God, we pray for those in need in our own community, the sick and the dying, the elderly, the housebound and those in care homes, hospitals and hospices and for the work and devotion of those who care for them. 
  • Merciful God, we raise before you those whom we love who are already transformed in likeness to your glorious body.  You turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life. Comfort those who grieve in their sorrow and those who are worried about how they will cope on their own. Give them a patient faith in this time of darkness and strengthen them with the knowledge of your love and reassurance that you will never leave them to carry the burdens of life alone.
  • Lord God, we offer you our prayers and ourselves, that we may play our part in your response. Fill us with grace and truth to follow him who showed us the way. In the name of your Son Jesus Christ, we pray,

Amen.