Readings and Prayers: June 6th 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:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3ONGx-CrJs  and Communion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-awW7muzNM  

 There is material for families and children at https://www.facebook.com/woodfieldchurcheschildrenswork/

The Collect

God of truth,

help us to keep your law of love

and to walk in ways of wisdom,

that we may find true life

in Jesus Christ your Son. Amen

 

Gospel: Mark 3:20-end

Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind.’ 22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.’ 23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: ‘How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.’ 30 He said this because they were saying, ‘He has an impure spirit.’ 31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting round him, and they told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.’ 33 ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ he asked. 34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle round him and said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.’

A suggestion:

Not one of the easiest passages. Read it carefully. Jesus was drawing the crowds but that meant also opposition. What challenge is there here for us today?

Prayers for today:

  • For the Shaped by God Together process; that we engage constructively but also express our views
  • For children returning to school
  • For the media in their power of influence over hearts and minds that they might show wisdom in their reporting
  • For the people of the Middle East
  • For the people of India and Pakistan still facing huge problems in the face of Covid
  • For the villages and people served by the Woodfield Team
  • For our local medical centres and care staff
  • For local businesses recovering from Lockdown
  • For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved