Reading and Prayers: 9th June 2024

Hello everyone,

Elections are now underway to Diocesan Synod – a decision-making forum which meets two or three times a year to discuss and vote on key issues within the diocese, the Church of England, and our communities.

The Diocesan Synod is an important way in which our parishes have a say in shaping the future of our diocese and supporting the flourishing of our mission and ministry. A new Synod will be elected this summer. You can stand for election if you are nominated by two members of your Deanery Synod before 14th June and are:

  • A priest or deacon who is a member of a deanery synod.
  • A lay person who is 16 or older, is on the electoral roll of a parish, and attends church services reasonably regularly.

For more information, visit https://www.leicester.anglican.org/news/stand-for-election-for-diocesan-synod.php, or speak to your church’s Deanery Synod representative.

Services this week:

This Sunday we have Morning Worship at Packington, lay led Morning Prayer at Measham, Holy Communion at Donisthorpe at the Halfway House Pub, and Holy Communion with Kids Kingdom at Appleby, all at 10.00am. Later at 4.00pm Norton with close the Open Flower Weekend with a special Songs of Praise service at 4.00pm. 

 

Looking ahead:

Activeage meet at 11.00am in Measham Church Hall on Wednesday.

Packington & Normanton Ladies Group are going out for Afternoon Tea at 2.30pm also on Wednesday.

Kids Kingdom Baby & Toddlers group meets on Thursday from 9.00 to 11.00am in Appleby Church Hall.

Next Sunday (16th June) at 10.00am we have Holy Communion at Normanton, Norton, and Swepstone, Breakfast Church at Measham, and Donisthorpe have a lay led service at the Halfway House Pub.

Further ahead, on Saturday 22nd June from 2.00 to 4.00 pm, Measham has a Fun Afternoon with parachuting teddies (weather permitting), bouncy castle, crafts, refreshments and more. All children's activities are free. More details here: https://www.stlaurencechurchmeasham.org.uk/about-us/latest-news/june-fun-afternoon.php

 

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 9th June – The Second Sunday after Trinity

Faithful Creator,

whose mercy never fails:

deepen our faithfulness to you

and to your living Word,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

Reading for 9th June – 2 Corinthians 4.13 - 5.1 New International Version (UK)

13 It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Awaiting the new body

5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

 

Prayers for today:

We pray:

Eternal Lord, you are our creator and sustainer. We bring before you the needs of our church, our world, our communities, and ourselves.

  • Loving God, we pray for our church and for all those who live and work around us. We pray for our diocese and for the elections to Diocesan Synod now underway, that we will listen well to each other and find ways to be fruitful. We pray also for the ongoing Minster Communities process, and for all those who are anxious and cannot see the way forward in this time of uncertainty and change.
  • Creator God we pray for our world which seems to be forever caught up in violence and conflict. Through the news we are witnesses to violence in so many parts the world. As we continue to pray for peace and goodwill towards all people, we also pray for the innocent victims and their families caught up in conflicts which are not of their making.
  • We pray for our world leaders, for the Royal family, for our community leaders and those in public office dealing with difficult situations. We also pray for the upcoming General election: for honest, generous debates which enhance people’s understanding, for the safety and wellbeing of all candidates and our communities, for wisdom and compassion amongst voters, and for those who are elected to lead with humility, courage, justice and mercy.
  • Father, bring healing in mind, body and spirit to all who are troubled. In lives afflicted by pain, illness, distress or grief bring comfort, hope and the courage they need for today and every day.
  • We pray for those who face the pain of grief at the loss of a loved one. Help us to support all those who mourn, both with our prayers and with practical help both this day and in the days and weeks to come. We remember before God those who have died and ask that those bereaved by their passing are aware of the light of Christ which eternally shines and brings so much hope.
  • Lord, we ask you to lead us into the coming week. Help us to believe that you are close by us, keep us from making mistakes, and help us not to disappoint you. When we face hard decisions or difficult work andwhen we enjoy ourselves and have fun with others, may we know that you share all these times with us.

Amen.

 

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