Readings and Prayers: April 25th 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=mAcHqUgIQ30 and of Communion here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOaJ_GCzRmw

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

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The Collect

Risen Christ,

faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:

teach us to hear your voice

and to follow your command,

that all your people may be gathered into one flock,

to the glory of God the Father. Amen

Gospel: John 10: 11-18

Jesus said: ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 ‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.’

A suggestion:

  1. What word or phrase speaks to you? Is it challenge or comfort? Talk to Jesus about what you notice.
  2. Look back over your life, how has Jesus been the good shepherd to and for you?
  3. What might he be asking of you now as his sheep?

Prayers for today:

  • For the Queen and Royal Family and all who have been recently bereaved
  • For the people of Afghanistan as American and NATO troops are withdrawn
  • For the people of the Yemen and all who live in the midst of war and civil strife
  • For the people of the United States following the recent court verdict on the killing of George Floyd.
  • For the villages and people served by the Woodfield Team
  • For all the people of this diocese as radical change approaches; for the Shaped  by God process
  • That we may draw others into Jesus’ flock
  • Those who are lonely and isolated
  • For those we know who are ill


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