Readings and prayers: 3rd October 2021

Readings and Prayers: October 3rd 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: An audio service of Morning Prayer can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/lR1qKdsELuA

Services this week, all at 10am, are:

Normanton-Le-Heath -  Harvest

Packington – Baptism

Swepstone – Harvest and Holy Communion

Snarestone – Harvest

Do look at the website for a very appropriate @Vicars View message from Rick, the Readings and Prayers and a thank you message from Vivien.

As you can see, it is Harvest season. As in previous years, during the services we will be receiving your gifts of tinned or packet goods (no perishables, please). These will then be collected by the Marlene Reid Centre for distribution for needy families in our area.

It's a new month, so why not try something new? Join us at 9am any morning between Tuesday and Friday for Morning Prayer on Zoom. It lasts about 20 minutes. There's no need to take part, although you can if you want, just listen in and see whether it's for you. You don't have to commit to joining every day, just when you feel like it. Ask Rick, Wilma or Brian if you'd like to know more. here is the Zoom link:

Woodfield Team Morning Prayer

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Collect

God, our judge and saviour,

teach us to be open to your truth

and to trust in your love,

that we may live each day

with confidence in the salvation which is given

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Reading - Genesis 2:18-24

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam[a] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[b] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[c] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

 

Gospel reading: Mark 10: 2-16

Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

“What did Moses command you?” he replied.

They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”

“It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’[a] ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,[b] and the two will become one flesh.’[c] So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”

The Little Children and Jesus

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

A suggestion:

  1. How are we welcoming and blessing our children today?
  2. How do we learn to be more open to God’s truth?

 

Prayers for today:

  • For the healing of our world: its people, its living creatures and its plant and sea life
  • For the people of Afghanistan, of the Yemen, of Hong Kong and Myanmar; for all who find themselves refugees with nothing to call their own
  • For the men and women of violence who seek their ends by bullet, bomb and knife to learn the way of peace
  • For the leaders of powerful nations for whom economic concerns and self-interest may militate against peace
  • For those parts of our world suffering the effects of natural disaster – for Haiti, India, Madagascar
  • For Rick and the ministry team and wardens.
  • For the villages and people served by the Woodfield Team
  • For the 7 schools served by the Woodfield Team and for how we can engage with the schools
  • For the Fun afternoon on Saturday that we can engage and re-engage with the youngsters of our Parishes
  • For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved
  • For our own healing of body, mind and spirit