Readings and Prayers: August 22nd 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLFKW1NssCw

 There is material for families and children at https://www.facebook.com/woodfieldchurcheschildrenswork/

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,

you are always more ready to hear than we to pray

and to give more than either we desire or deserve:

pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,

forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid

and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask

but through the merits and mediation

of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.  Amen

 

Gospel: John 6:56-69 (we come to the end of Jesus’ teaching following the feeding of the 5000 and people’s reactions to it)

(Jesus said:)56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live for ever.’ 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, ‘This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?’ 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, ‘Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.’

66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.67 ‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.’

A suggestion:

  1. Read this passage slowly and attentively two or three times. What particular word or phrase stands out for you in this passage?
  2. Following Jesus is not easy. Understanding Jesus is not easy. We have never been promised that it would be. How would you answer Jesus words: ‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’

Prayers for today:

  • That more may feed on the bread of life that is Jesus
  • For those being confirmed at Packington Church today
  • For all the changes needed to be put in place in the Woodfield Team as Vivien approaches retirement.
  • For the villages and people served by the Woodfield Team
  • For all children and teachers preparing for the  start of autumn term
  • For the people of Afghanistan, of the Yemen, of Hong Kong and Myanmar
  • For those parts of our world suffering the effects of natural disaster, and the many areas where wild fires are raging – for Haiti, Greece, India
  • For our churches as we work towards becoming Eco-churches; for the leaders of nations seeking ways ahead in light of the climate crisis
  • For local surgeries: the doctors, nurses and all care staff
  • For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved
  • That we may draw closer to Jesus and love him more dearly