Reading and Prayers for the 1st Sunday after Christmas

Reading and Prayers: 26th December 2021 – The 1st Sunday after Christmas

                                        

There is no in person service on Boxing Day but we do have an on-line Morning Prayer here: https://youtu.be/00d9beoJ7YI

And why not check out the Cathedral services here https://leicestercathedral.org/christmas/

Vivien has sent us a Christmas greeting which you can read here https://www.stlaurencechurchmeasham.org.uk/church-at-home/rectors-ramblings/adventchristmas-greetings-from-vivien.php

Next week on January 2nd, we have services at Donisthorpe (HC), Snarestone (HC) and Swepstone (MP) all at 10.00am.

Please pray for Rick as he goes into hospital this week.

Wilma is having a few days off but will be back at the weekend.

Lastly on behalf of the Woodfield Team can I wish you all a very Blesséd Christmas and New Year.

                                                

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 for Boxing Day can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/00d9beoJ7YI

 

Collect for Sunday 26th December 2021 – The 1st Sunday after Christmas

Almighty God,

who wonderfully created us in your own image

and yet more wonderfully restored us

through your Son Jesus Christ:

grant that, as he came to share in our humanity,

so we may share the life of his divinity;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The New Testament Reading for 26th December 2021 – The 1st Sunday after Christmas

Colossians 3:12-17 - New International Version

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

Prayers for today:

  • Those we know, including ourselves, whose lives have been and continue to be turned upside down this year.
  • For those who are suffering in body, mind or spirit this Christmas.
  • All who will seek out our places of worship whether on line or in person this Christmas time.
  • 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 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 awaits his operation and 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