Reading and Prayers for Sunday 17th October 2021

   Readings and Prayers: 17th October 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: An audio service of Morning Prayer can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/FMkRv8FJFcE

 

Services this week, all commencing at 10am, are:

Donisthorpe – Baptism

Normanton – Holy Communion.

Swepstone – Morning Prayer

 

Collect for Sunday 17th October 2021 - The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

God, the giver of life,

whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church:

by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ

and make us eager to do your will,

that we may share with the whole creation

the joys of eternal life;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The Gospel Reading for today: Mark 10:35-45

              New International Version

The Request of James and John

35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

39 “We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”

41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

A suggestion:

  1. If you were there, when the above conversations were taking place, how would you have reacted?
  2. How are we serving others today?

 

Prayers for today:

  • For the healing of our world: its people, its living creatures and its plant and sea life
  • For the people of the world 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, India, Madagascar
  • For the world leaders who are attending the COP26 to discuss climate change.
  • For Rick and the ministry team and wardens.
  • For the villages and people served by the Woodfield Team
  • For the 7 schools served by the Woodfield Team and for how we can engage with the schools
  • For Ready Steady Stick.
  • For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved
  • For our own healing of body, mind and spirit