Readings and Prayers: October 4th 2020

 

 

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 audio services for Morning Prayer at https://youtu.be/Pus4qhfQhCQ and Holy Communion at https://youtu.be/s2F_IWjxWa0 . There is material for families and children at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eHyny6zKE4&feature=youtu.be

The Collect.

Almighty God, you have made us for yourself,

and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:

pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,

and so bring us at last to your heavenly city

where we shall see you face to face;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen

The Gospel: Matthew 21:33-end

Jesus said: Listen to another parable: there was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall round it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

35 ‘The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them in the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son,” he said. 38 ‘But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.” 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

40 ‘Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ 41 ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,’ they replied, ‘and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.’

42 Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures:’ “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes”?43 ‘Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.’

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 46 They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.

A suggestion:

  1. Read Isaiah 5:1-7 as well for the setting for this parable from Jesus
  2. They feel harsh words from Jesus addressed to the religious authorities of his day but where do we hold back from giving God the good fruit of our lives? Where do we keep all that we have received to ourselves?
  3. Talk to Jesus about what you do not understand.

Prayers for today:

  • That we seek to give Jesus first place in our lives
  • For our churches in the Woodfield Team that we work ever closer together
  • For greater unity between the countries of our world
  • For the presidential elections in USA which impact the whole world
  • For those conducting Brexit negotiations
  • For those who fear unemployment and the ending of their businesses
  • For our government and for the media to all be responsible in their actions, decisions and reporting
  • For those who suffer in body, mind or spirit. For the recently bereaved

 

As we enter this time of harvest, you may like to prayer this prayer of General Thanksgiving:

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us.

We thank you for the splendour of the whole creation,

for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life,

and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends,

and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts,

and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures

that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ;

for the truth of his Word and the example of his life;

for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation;

for his dying, through which he overcame death;

and for his rising to life again,

in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit,

that we may know him and make him known;

and through him, at all times and in all places,

may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

Prayer of General Thanksgiving, BCP New York 1979


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