Readings and Prayers: September 6th 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=54WW53YI9cs&feature=youtu.be and communion at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_w3QsuNTF4&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,

who called your Church to bear witness

that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:

help us to proclaim the good news of your love,

that all who hear it may be drawn to you;

through him who was lifted up on the cross,

and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen

 

Our readings this Sunday again focus on how members of the body of Christ (his church) are to be together, how they are to live together and how they are to work at that difficult commandment – to love your neighbour as yourself.

The Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20

15 ‘If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that “every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

18 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

19 ‘Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.’

The epistle: Romans 13:8-end

 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ 10 Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law.

11 And do this, understanding the present time: the hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

A suggestion:

  1. Read both passages: Jesus own words and then St Paul’s in his letter to the church at Rome slowly and prayerfully a couple of times.
  2.  What word or phrase stands out for you?
  3. Prayerfully roll that word or phrase around in your mind? How does it prompt you to react and do?
  4. How does it challenge you as an individual and as a member of church?
  5. What might it be saying to us as the Woodfield team today?

Prayers for today:

  • For the all who live in our parishes that they might come to know Jesus
  • For wisdom for the leaders of our nation and of the world
  • For those conducting Brexit negotiations
  • For local schools as children return to school, giving thanks that most have returned.
  • 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 us to become more truly the church that Christ longs for us to be
  • For those who suffer in body, mind or spirit. For the anxious and fearful. For the recently bereaved