Readings and Prayers for September 13th 2020

 

 

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.

  You can find audio services for Morning Prayer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xncU8_U3YMA&feature=youtu.be and Communion at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btSPPUuR4a4&feature=youtu.be

There is material for families and children at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eHyny6zKE4&feature=youtu.be

 

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,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen

 

Another week when Jesus brings us back to the challenge of how we humans are to live at peace one with another. Forgiveness he says is the key.

The Gospel. Matthew 18: 21-35

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ 22 Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23 ‘Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 ‘At this the servant fell on his knees before him. “Be patient with me,” he begged, “and I will pay back everything.” 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, cancelled the debt and let him go.

28 ‘But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. “Pay back what you owe me!” he demanded.

29 ‘His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, “Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.” 30 ‘But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 ‘Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said, “I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.35 ‘This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.’

A suggestion:

  1. Read the passage slowly and prayerfully a couple of times. What word or phrase stands out for you?
  2. What does the call to forgive from Jesus mean to you? How do you respond?
  3. Think of a time when someone has hurt you. How did you respond? Is forgiveness a possibility?

Prayers for today:

  • For Joanne as she starts on secondment in the Whitwick benefice and seeks a parish of her own
  • For Wilma on this day of her priesting as she continues in her curacy
  • For the all who live in our parishes that they might come to know Jesus
  • That we may be those who model forgiveness
  • For those conducting Brexit negotiations
  • For all scientists working on Covid vaccine and for the outworking of recent changes in rules about gatherings
  • For a discovery of the way ahead that God has for his church, not exempt from the effects of economic downturn; for the ‘shaped by God together’ process initiated by Bishop Martyn
  • For those who suffer in body, mind or spirit. For the anxious and fearful. For the recently bereaved