Readings and Prayers: September 5th 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=YM9-Bl7ZDtk

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

The Collect

Almighty God,

whose only Son has opened for us

a new and living way into your presence:

give us pure hearts and steadfast wills

to worship you in spirit and in truth;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.  Amen

Gospel: Mark 7:24-end

24 From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25 but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” 30 So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. 31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34 Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

A suggestion:

Here we focus on Jesus’ healing ministry. Imagine yourself as that woman. Imagine yourself as the deaf man. What do you hear Jesus saying to you? What would you want to say to him?

Prayers for today:

  • For the healing of our world: its people, its living creatures and its plant and sea life
  • For the people of Afghanistan, of the Yemen, of Hong Kong and Myanmar; for all 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 Haiti, Greece, India, Madagascar
  • For all the changes in the Woodfield Team as Vivien approaches retirement. For Rick and the ministry team and wardens. For Vivien’s farewell service next week
  • For the villages and people served by the Woodfield Team
  • For the 7 schools served by the Woodfield Team as staff negotiate the return from Lockdown; for our resumption of assemblies in those schools
  • For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved
  • For our own healing of body, mind and spirit