Reading and Prayers: 1st May 2022 - The Third Sunday of Easter

 Good morning everyone,

Welcome to this God given day.

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

Services this week, all at 10.00am are:

Holy Communion - Snarestone

Morning Prayer - Swepstone

You will be very welcome at any of these services.

We are no longer producing a regular recorded service of Morning Prayer but do check out the Cathedral services here which you can join on-line if you would like to: http://leicestercathedral.org/services/

 

The Woodfield Team as a group want to appoint an administrator to help with the ever increasing tasks that need to be carried out. Information about this is on the websites (look under latest articles). Do you know of anyone who might be interested?

 

Sunday May 8th is Rev’d Wilma’s last day with the Woodfield Team. There will be a team service in St Laurence’s Measham, followed by a Bring and Share lunch in Measham Church Hall. Do come along if you can.

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 1st May 2022

Almighty Father,

who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples

with the sight of the risen Lord:

give us such knowledge of his presence with us,

that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life

and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen

 

Reading 1st May 2022 - The Third Sunday of Easter: John 21.1-19

Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish

14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Reinstates Peter

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

 

  Prayers for today:

God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill your Church with faith and hope.

We pray:

 For those in despair and darkness, that they may find the hope and light of Christ

 For the people of the world who find themselves refugees with nothing to call their own

 For Prisoners and captives

 For The people of God, that they may proclaim the risen Lord

 For God’s creation, that the peoples of the earth may meet their responsibility to care

 For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved

 For our own healing of body, mind and spirit

 As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever.