Reading and Prayers: 4th February 2024

Hello everyone,

Into February now and with Easter early this year, Lent will be starting soon. Please pray for our Team's Ash Wednesday services and the upcoming Lent Course. These might be something you've not tried before, so why not try something new.

Please pray too for our churches and PCCs as they discuss groupings in the next steps of the Minster Communities process this month.

Services this week:

This Sunday we have services of Holy Communion at Measham and Snarestone, and Morning Prayer at Packington and Swepstone, all at 10.00am.

 

Looking ahead:

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

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

On Friday Packington have Soup & Pudding in church from 12.00noon to 2.00pm.

Next Sunday (11th) 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.

Further ahead, there will be Ash Wednesday services on 14th February at 10.00am at Packington, and 7.00pm at Measham.

Packington Ladies’ Group next meet at 2.30pm on Wednesday 14th 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?

 

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 4th February – The Second Sunday before Lent

Almighty God,

give us reverence for all creation

and respect for every person,

that we may mirror your likeness

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

Reading for 4th February – John 1.1-14 New International Version (UK)

The Word became flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

Prayers for today:

We pray:

Father, you invite us to hold the needs of others before you and so, loving our neighbours as ourselves, we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions on behalf of our churches, our communities, and our world:

  • Faithful God, we thank you for our church leaders and PCCs, and for all who keep our churches open supporting our parishes and their communities. 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. 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.
  • Creator God we pray for your world and its peoples with all their needs, questions, and longings.  So often we struggle to understand the reasons behind the many inhumane acts of violence that have already occurred this year; and yet we know that in the midst of such events your love is shown in the acts of bravery, selflessness and compassion which follow. We pray for all who suffer in such dreadful circumstances and for those who are tasked with giving aid in rescue, recovery, reconstruction, and restoration.
  • 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.  We thank you for those whose love and compassion bring both material and spiritual comfort at times of need.
  • Merciful God, be close to those who feel the pain of grief at the loss of a loved one whether recent or as each anniversary passes. Help us to support all those who mourn with our prayers, with words of comfort, and with practical help as they struggle to come to terms with their loss.
  • 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.