Readings and Prayers: September 27th 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 Holy Communion here https://youtu.be/5UOm5nz_9js and Morning Prayer here https://youtu.be/LoEcDy7Bv4c.

There is material for families and children at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eHyny6zKE4&feature=youtu.be

The Collect.

Lord of creation, whose glory is around and within us:

open our eyes to your wonders,

that we may serve you with reverence

and know your peace at our lives’ end,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

The Epistle: Philippians 2:1-13

 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.

 

A suggestion:

  1. Read the passage slowly and prayerfully a couple of times. What word or phrase stands out for you?
  2. Take that word or phrase and talk to Jesus about it. Ask him what it means for you.

Prayers for today:

  • For the Shaped by God Together process
  • That we focus on Jesus and continue to spend time with him
  • For an awareness of the grace of God at work even in these uncertain times
  • For those conducting Brexit negotiations
  • For those who fear unemployment and the ending of their businesses
  • For Coronavirus to lose its virulence
  • For all scientists working on Covid vaccine and for the outworking of recent changes in rules about gatherings; for those with responsibility for ‘managing’ the pandemic
  • For all who serve us: police, doctors, nurses and carers, social workers, refuse collectors, postal workers and so many more
  • For those who suffer in body, mind or spirit. For the recently bereaved


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