Readings and Prayers: Sunday 19th September 2021

Readings and Prayers: September 12th 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://youtu.be/n1JR1bg2C1I

Collect

O Lord,
we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you;
and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;
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.

Gospel: Mark 9:30- 37

30 Jesus and his disciples left that place and went on through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where he was, 

31 because he was teaching his disciples: "The Son of Man will be handed over to those who will kill him. Three days later, however, he will rise to life." 

32 But they did not understand what this teaching meant, and they were afraid to ask him. 

33 They came to Capernaum, and after going indoors Jesus asked his disciples, "What were you arguing about on the road?" 

34 But they would not answer him, because on the road they had been arguing among themselves about who was the greatest. 

35 Jesus sat down, called the twelve disciples, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all." 

36 Then he took a child and had him stand in front of them. He put his arms around him and said to them, 

37 "Whoever welcomes in my name one of these children, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not only me but also the one who sent me." 

A suggestion:

With Baptisms at 2 of our churches this week (and others coming up), this is a fitting story.

  1. We will welcome these and other children in Christ’s name? How can we show that we really mean it?
  2. How do we react to Jesus’ teaching in this passage? As Vivien said last Sunday, we must learn to live with each other, bonded in Christ’s love.

Prayers for today:

  • For the healing of our world: its people, its living creatures and its plant and sea life
  • For the people of Afghanistan, of the Yemen, of Hong Kong and Myanmar; for all 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, Greece, India, Madagascar
  • 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 those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved
  • For our own healing of body, mind and spirit
  • For Vivien, safely in her new home in Skipton, as she adjusts to her new life.