Prayers and readings for Sunday March 22nd

Sunday 22nd March 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.

March 22nd is both Mothering Sunday and Lent 4. So there are 2 collects (set prayers) which can be used today:

Mothering Sunday:

God of love,

passionate and strong,

tender and careful:

watch over us and hold us

all the days of our life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Lent 4 (which can be used for the whole of this week)

Merciful Lord,

you know our struggle to serve you:

when sin spoils our lives

and overshadows our hearts,

come to our aid and turn us back to you again;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

Bible reading: Colossians 3:12-17   (from The Message)

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offence. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

A suggestion: read the passage slowly and prayerfully a couple of times.

  1. What word or phrase stands out for you?
  2. 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.
  3. Respond: when your reflection comes to a natural end, move into prayer from what you have read and thought. It may mean saying thanks, or sorry; it may be telling God you want to do something; you may want to argue with him. Just take it to him in prayer.
  4. Rest: be still with Jesus and rest with him in quietness.
  5. Return:  you may want to return to the passage and repeat this process later in the day.

Prayer:  do pray for –

  • parents, children and families at this time when children are not at school; pray for those parted from their mothers for whatever reason; and those whose children are far away.
  • couples whose wedding plans have been thrown up in the air this year.
  • and for all else that you want to bring to our Lord in prayer

 

 


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