Reading and Prayers - 2nd January 2022

Reading and Prayers: 2nd January 2022 – The 2nd  Sunday after Christmas                                   


Good morning and a Blessed New Year to all.

An audio service of Morning Prayer can be accessed here:


Services this week: The 2nd Sunday after Christmas

10.00 Snarestone  – A Service of Holy Communion

10.00 Donisthorpe – A Service of Holy Communion

10.00 Swepstone – A service of Morning Prayer

On Tuesday 4th January at 7.15pm we have our next Everyday Faith session, continuing to look at how we might live a more Christ like life. Do join us. The link is on the attached course sheet and also at the end of this email.

Wilma Colley is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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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.

Collect for Sunday 2nd January 2022

God our Father,

in love you sent your Son

that the world may have life:

lead us to seek him among the outcast

and to find him in those in need,

for Jesus Christ’s sake.



The New Testament Reading for 2nd January 2022 - 1 John 4:7-16 NIV


Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.


Prayers for today:


  • Dear Lord, you sent your son to guide your people, just as you sent a star to guide the Wise Men to worship him. We pray that you will send your Holy Spirit to guide our parishes as we begin this New Year. This coming year will bring challenges and changes; however, we pray that you will be present as we take each step of our journey of faith with you.
  • For those who are suffering in body, mind or spirit.
  • All who will seek out our places of worship whether on line or in person.
  • For the healing of our world: its people, its living creatures and its plant and sea life
  • For the people of the world who find themselves refugees with nothing to call their own
  • For Christians throughout the world, and especially for those who are persecuted because of their faith in you. We ask for your protection for them, and strength and guidance for all individuals and organisations, which seek to help them.
  • 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 Rick as he recovers from his operation and for the ministry team and wardens.
  • For our homes, our friends and families, our villages, our children and the businesses that support our communities.
  • For the 7 schools served by the Woodfield Team and for how we can engage with the schools
  • For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved
  • For our own healing of body, mind and spirit