Readings and Prayers: November 15th 2020

 

 

      The Waiting Time

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.

  You can find a service of Morning Prayer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_M-S1HXFSc&feature=youtu.be  and of Communion here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnSwrjUAZQA&feature=youtu.be

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The Collect.

Heavenly Lord,

you long for the world’s salvation:

stir us from apathy,

restrain us from excess

and revive in us new hope

that all creation will one day be healed

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The epistle: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety’, destruction will come on them suddenly, as labour pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Suggestions:

Read the passage slowly and prayerfully a couple of times. Paul is talking about how we are to wait for the coming of the Lord Jesus again, but his words can apply to how we wait for anything. What word or phrase stands out for you?

Reflect: meditate on the morsel that stood out for you; let it roll around your mind; look at it from this way and that. Taste the goodness. Take it to Jesus in prayer. If you have questions, take those to him in prayer and the listen out for his response in the coming days.

Prayers for today:

  • The people of the USA as the fallout from their election is resolved
  • Those negotiating the Brexit deal that a deal will be done that is to the benefit of all
  • The Prime Minister and his ministers and advisers; the Houses of Parliament
  • Those working on Covid vaccines and treatments
  • Those suffering from recent natural disasters and poverty who are so often forgotten
  • Teachers and children in our local schools
  • Those who work in our medical centres, in our hospitals and those who are carers going into people’s homes
  • That we work to stay together as Church Together at Home whilst welcoming others to come along to our Zoom and recorded services
  • For those who are ill and bereaved

 


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