Readings and Prayers: October 11th 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=-WD1K-0Yn1U&feature=youtu.be and Holy Communion at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mCyNNC9d80&feature=youtu.be . There is material for families and children at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eHyny6zKE4&feature=youtu.be

The Collect.

Almighty and everlasting God,

increase in us your gift of faith

that, forsaking what lies behind

and reaching out to that which is before,

we may run the way of your commandments

and win the crown of everlasting joy;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen

 

The Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.‘Then he sent some more servants and said, “Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.”‘But they paid no attention and went off – one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, ill-treated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

‘Then he said to his servants, “The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.” 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 ‘But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, “How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?” The man was speechless.13 ‘Then the king told the attendants, “Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”14 ‘For many are invited, but few are chosen.’

A suggestion:

  1. Read this a couple of times slowly. What word or phrase speaks to you? Are there words that frighten you? Jesus seems to be very black and white
  2. Talk to Jesus about what you do not understand, knowing that he gave his life for us that we might be put right with him.

Prayers for today:

  • For all those in our country and in our world whose lives are being most impacted by Coronavirus
  • For our own district as infection rates rise
  • For local schools where the children and staff are becoming very tired
  • For all the  churches in the Woodfield Team
  • For the presidential elections in USA which impact the whole world
  • For those people who live under the constant threat of violence and war
  • For those conducting Brexit negotiations
  • For those who are so very anxious in the present time
  • For all doctors and medical staff, for the local hospitals and medical units
  • For our government and for the media to all be responsible in their actions, decisions and reporting
  • For those who suffer in body, mind or spirit. For the recently bereaved

 

As we give thanks at this time of harvest, you may like to prayer this prayer of General Thanksgiving:

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us.

We thank you for the splendour of the whole creation,

for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life,

and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends,

and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts,

and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures

that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ;

for the truth of his Word and the example of his life;

for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation;

for his dying, through which he overcame death;

and for his rising to life again,

in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit,

that we may know him and make him known;

and through him, at all times and in all places,

may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

Prayer of General Thanksgiving, BCP New York 1979