Readings and Prayers for May 10th

 

Jesus says: ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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 an audio service of Morning Prayer at https://youtu.be/VNjZ-656Prw and of Communion at https://youtu.be/7Acg4ODzkj8

The Collect

Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life:

 give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve,

to the glory of God the Father. Amen

Today’s gospel is John 14:1-14.  Jesus is speaking to his disciples just prior to his own death:

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.’

Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’

Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

A suggestion: read the passage slowly and prayerfully a couple of times. It’s a familiar passage. What might God have for you today that is new?

  1. What word or phrase stands out for you?
  2. Reflect: meditate on the morsel that stood out for you; let it roll around your mind; look at it from this way and that. Taste the goodness.
  3. Respond: when your reflection comes to a natural end, move into prayer from what you have read and thought. It may mean saying thanks, or sorry; it may be telling God you want to do something; you may want to argue with him. Just take it to him in prayer.
  4. Rest: be still with Jesus and rest with him in quietness.
  5. Return:  you may want to return to the passage and repeat this process later in the day.

Prayer: do pray for

  • The needs of the parishes in which we live, and which we are placed here to serve.
  • The Cabinet as announcements are made today as to the way ahead, and for a wise receiving of those decisions
  • Those countries who do not have the resources to support or protect their citizens
  • The richer west that it doesn’t close its heart or coffers to the needs to the wider world
  • Our knowing that we are held by our Lord in all this
  • Those we know who are ill or bereaved at this time
  • Our loved ones, near and far