Readings and Prayers: May 2nd 2021



May 2nd 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:  and Communion:

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Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The Collect

Almighty God,

who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ

have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires,

so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect;

through Jesus Christ our risen Lord. Amen

Gospel: John 15:1-8

Jesus said ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

A suggestion:

  1. What word or phrase speaks to you? Is it challenge or comfort? Talk to Jesus about what you notice.
  2. What questions does it raise for you? Discuss them with someone else or ask Jesus to show you

Prayers for today:

  • For the people of India and Pakistan facing astronomical problems in the face of Covid; and that the rest of the world will show generosity in aid
  • For the people of Afghanistan as American and NATO troops are withdrawn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 villages and people served by the Woodfield Team
  • That we might draw closer to Jesus and follow him more lovingly and more faithfully in today’s world
  • For all the people of this diocese as radical change approaches; for the Shaped  by God process
  • For Joanne Dyer and her family settling into their new home and parish
  • For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved

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