Reading and Prayers: 31st July 2022

Hello everyone,

The heat has abated to more bearable British summer temperatures, and we can see weeks of the holiday season still stretched out before us. Hopefully this means for most that we will get a little time to breathe and break free from our normal routines. This can allow us the opportunity to rest and relax but also to reflect.

We are approaching times of change and it is good now to take a little time for ourselves: to pause and to pray; to think about where we are now, and where we are going; to listen for God’s voice and what it might be saying to us in these quieter moments, free of the noise and busyness of everyday life. As we spend quality time with our loved ones, family and friends, may we also allow ourselves to rest fully in the Father’s love for us that we may be restored and reinvigorated for the days ahead.

 

 

Sunday Services this week:

Please join us this Sunday at our United Team Service at Donisthorpe at 10.00am. This is a good time to get together, to enjoy a wider fellowship than in our own churches and to hear what is happening within our team.

There are no other services in the team this Sunday.

There is also a Deanery Service at 2.00 pm at Christchurch, Coalville, outside if the weather is fine to which we are all welcome.

We are no longer producing a regular recorded service of Morning Prayer but do check out the Cathedral services here which you can join online if you would like to: http://leicestercathedral.org/services/

 

Looking ahead:

Activeage meets in Measham Church Hall at 10.00 am on Wednesday 3rd August.

Also on Wednesday, at 3.15 pm at Bretby Crematorium, is the funeral of Derek Samson.

On Thursday, at 3.00 pm in Measham Church, is the funeral of Della Redfern. There will be no private prayer on Thursday.

On Thursday, at Christchurch, Coalville, from 10.00am until 3.00pm and on Friday from 6.00pm to 9.30pm there is the Ukraine Summer Festival for refugees from the war who are staying in the area. Are you able to help? Volunteers are needed for various tasks on each day. If you can spare a few hours, please let Rick know, so that he can pass on your details.

Little Fishes meet on Friday at 10.00am in Measham Church Hall.

Next Sunday, 7th August, there are services of Morning Prayer at Measham and Norton-juxta-Twycross, and Holy Communion at Normanton-le-Heath and Snarestone, all at 10.00am

Further ahead, on Tuesday 23rd August, from 2.00 – 4.00pm we have Ready, Steady, Stick in Measham Church Hall. This is a Team event, so please publicise this and tell families with children.

Details of all these services and events are on the websites.

 

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 31st July 2022 - The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

Generous God,

you give us gifts and make them grow:

though our faith is small as mustard seed,

make it grow to your glory

and the flourishing of your kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen. 

 

Reading 31st July 2022 - Hosea 11:1-11 New International Version

 

God’s Love for Israel

11 “When Israel was a child, I loved him,
    and out of Egypt I called my son.
But the more they were called,
    the more they went away from me.
They sacrificed to the Baals
    and they burned incense to images.
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
    taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize
    it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
    with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
    a little child to the cheek,
    and I bent down to feed them.

“Will they not return to Egypt
    and will not Assyria rule over them
    because they refuse to repent?
A sword will flash in their cities;
    it will devour their false prophets
    and put an end to their plans.
My people are determined to turn from me.
    Even though they call me God Most High,
    I will by no means exalt them.

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
    How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
    How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within me;
    all my compassion is aroused.
I will not carry out my fierce anger,
    nor will I devastate Ephraim again.
For I am God, and not a man—
    the Holy One among you.
    I will not come against their cities.
10 They will follow the Lord;
    he will roar like a lion.
When he roars,
    his children will come trembling from the west.
11 They will come from Egypt,
    trembling like sparrows,
    from Assyria, fluttering like doves.
I will settle them in their homes,”
    declares the Lord.

 

Prayers for today:

We pray:

Lord encourage us, when we are worried and distracted by many things, to sit and rest in your presence, to hear your words of grace and truth, to know that we are loved and valued as children of God, to be renewed in faith and strengthened for service.

  • Eternal God, you are the author and giver of all good things. We bring before you the needs of our church, our world, our communities and ourselves, trusting in your love which reaches out from before the foundation of the world and that will be with us to the end of the age.
  • We are experiencing so many changes in our communities, our churches, and even our climate. Open our eyes to see the opportunities around us to serve you and to grow in your blessings.
  • Change is hard but we thank you that you do not change - you are ever with us, taking us by the hand and teaching us to walk with you. Help us to trust your plans for us and to be thankful for your steadfast love and guidance.
  • Give us strength in our most challenging times, and bright hope for a tomorrow where we will continue to grow and thrive as your children.
  • May we demonstrate loving kindness to those we meet today without holding back. Fill our hearts with your compassion, and our words and conversations with truth and grace.
  • We pray for those who feel excluded, exploited, or ignored. We pray that as God’s people we may work to build a community as open and generous as God’s love shown to us in Jesus Christ. Inspire generosity and openness in all our hearts to see the needs of our neighbour and act upon those needs.
  • We pray for our brothers and sisters across the world, who face oppression and discrimination because of their faith, or who simply do not share the wealth and privileges we take for granted. Give them refuge under the shadow of your wings that they might have sustenance, shelter, and freedom from persecution.
  • Father, bring healing in mind, body and spirit to all who are troubled. In lives afflicted by pain, illness, distress or grief bring comfort, hope and the courage they need for today and every day.
  • For those who are mourning, lead them gently through this time of darkness into the light and peace of your enduring love.
  • Dear Lord, help us to listen to your voice. Thank you for your loving words, reminding us that you are especially fond of each and every one of us. Strengthen our faith as we learn to depend on you more and more each day as you continue to walk with us. In the name of your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, we pray,

Amen.