Readings and Prayers: 14th and 21st July 2024

Hello everyone,

A double issue of readings and notices for you this week as the Woodfield Team office is closed from Wednesday 10th July for two weeks.

Please pray for those travelling for holidays, that their journeys should be smooth and, for everyone, whether at home or away, that there will be an opportunity to rest and to recuperate this summer.

Sunday Services:

On Sunday 14th July, we have services of Holy Communion at Appleby and Donisthorpe at the Halfway House Pub, and Morning Prayer at Measham, all at 10.00am.

On Sunday 21st July, also at 10.00am there will be Sunday People at Appleby, a Lay led service at Donisthorpe at the Halfway House Pub, Breakfast Church at Measham, Holy Communion at Norton, Morning Worship at Packington, a Baptism with Holy Communion at Snarestone, and Morning Prayer at Swepstone.


Looking ahead:

Activeage meet at 11.00am each Wednesday in Measham Church Hall.

On Wednesday 17th, there will be midweek Holy Communion at Packington at 10.00am.

Also on 17th, Appleby have their next Community Lunch at 12.30pm in the Church Hall.

On Wednesday 24th Packington have a Coffee morning in Church from 10.00am to 12.00noon and Appleby also have Coffee & Chat in the Church Hall from 10.30am to 12.00noon

Toastie Thursdays will be held at Packington Church from 12.00 to 2.00pm on Thursdays 25th July and 1st August.  

On Sunday 28th July, we have services of Holy Communion at Measham and Packington, and Morning Prayer at Appleby and Donisthorpe 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 14th July – 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.



Reading for 14th July – Mark 6.14-29 New International Version (UK)

John the Baptist beheaded

14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, ‘John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.’

15 Others said, ‘He is Elijah.’

And still others claimed, ‘He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.’

16 But when Herod heard this, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!’

17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’ 19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, 20 because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.

21 Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.

The king said to the girl, ‘Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.’ 23 And he promised her with an oath, ‘Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.’

24 She went out and said to her mother, ‘What shall I ask for?’

‘The head of John the Baptist,’ she answered.

25 At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: ‘I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a dish.’

26 The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28 and brought back his head on a dish. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 29 On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.


Collect for Sunday 21st July – The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Lord God,

your Son left the riches of heaven

and became poor for our sake:

when we prosper save us from pride,

that we may trust in you alone;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Reading for 21st July – Mark 6.30-34,53-56 New International Version (UK)

30 The apostles gathered round Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’

32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognised them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.


53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognised Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried those who were ill on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went – into villages, towns or countryside – they placed those who were ill in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.


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.

  • Everlasting God, we pray that all who come into our churches may be enabled to renew their relationship with you and may find in you rest, peace, strength, grace, and most of all awareness of your abiding presence.  Help us to be outward looking that through our fellowship we may share our faith and the Gospel of your Son, Jesus Christ with those whom we love and live amongst.
  • Creator God, we pray for the people of our world who are less fortunate than we are.  Help us to remember those who are weary with the relentless struggle to keep alive; for those who can never look forward to a good meal and a comfortable bed; and those who barely have the necessities of life, much less so many material luxuries which we so often take for granted.
  • Father God, may the needs of our families, friends and neighbours be made clear to us today, and may we find that in our giving to them we grow closer to you. We pray for all the families travelling for holidays now the school summer break is here, that they may have safe journeys and create lasting memories with their loved ones.
  • Healing God, we raise before you those who are sick. We ask that you will ease their pain and heal the damage done to them in body, mind, or spirit. Be present with them through the support of friends and in the care of doctors and nurses, fill them with the warmth of your love now and always.
  • Merciful God, we commend into your hands those whom we have loved and now have lost.  You gave them breath and loved and cared for them throughout their lives.  Receive them now in your eternal kingdom and “May they rest peace and rise in glory”.
  • Faithful God, we dedicate all these people and prayers to your loving care. Give us the strength and courage to walk alongside those in need, to fight for justice for the oppressed, and to allow others to see you in us and in all that we do in the coming weeks.



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