Readings and Prayers: June 21st 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=sHr0szVVzn8&feature=youtu.be

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

The Collect.

Faithful Creator, whose mercy never fails:

deepen our faithfulness to you and to your living Word,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Gospel:  Matthew 10:24-39 (This passage is part of a long set of instructions that Jesus gave to his first followers as he sent them out to do the same work as he was doing, warning them will face opposition. He tells them not to be afraid. It is not the easiest passage to come to grips with as it is a mixture of comfort, warning and encouragement, alongside the call to love Jesus above all else. See how you go with these sayings)

Jesus said: “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!

26 ‘So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

32 ‘Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

34 ‘Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

‘“a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law –
36     a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.”

37 ‘Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

    A suggestion: read the passage slowly and prayerfully a couple of times. Ask yourself:

What word or phrase resonates with or challenges me? What puzzles me? What is my response? What am I called to do?

Prayers for today:

  • For the parishes we serve and all who live in them that they might now their preciousness to God
  • For the church that we may learn what is His will for the way we are to serve Him
  • For energy for those who feel so very tired and that we hear Jesus’ words ‘do not be afraid’
  • For schools as they work so hard for their students and for the children who have missed months at school
  • For a healing of divisions between those of different race, colour and creed, between the haves and the haves not
  • For our government and governments across the world
  • For those facing Coronavirus in other countries who do not have the resources we do
  • For those who suffer in body, mind or spirit.