Reading and Prayers - 21st November 2021

            Reading and Prayers: 21st November 2021

                                                      

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.

A service of Morning Prayer can be accessed here: An audio service of Morning Prayer can be accessed here:   https://youtu.be/IoKgGXCq7dU

Services this week: Sunday before Advent

 

Collect for Sunday 21st November 2021

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved

Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth,

divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most

gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for

ever.  Amen.

 

The New Testament Reading for 21st November 2021

 

Revelation 1:4-8
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

 

The Gospel

John 18:33-37
Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?" Pilate replied, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here." Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."

 

Prayers for today:

  • As the shepherd who cares for the flock, O God, guide us in all our ways.
  • For the healing of our world: its people, its living creatures and its plant and sea life
  • For the people of the world who find themselves refugees with nothing to call their own
  • For the men and women of violence who seek their ends by bullet, bomb and knife to learn the way of peace
  • For the leaders of powerful nations for whom economic concerns and self-interest may militate against peace
  • For those parts of our world suffering the effects of natural disaster.
  • For Rick and the ministry team and wardens.
  • For our homes, our friends and families, our villages, our children and the businesses that support our communities.
  • For the 7 schools served by the Woodfield Team and for how we can engage with the schools
  • For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved
  • For those who gave their lives for us.
  • For our own healing of body, mind and spirit