Reading and Prayers - 9th January 2022 - The Baptism of Jesus

Reading and Prayers: 9th January 2022 – The Baptism of Jesus            


Good morning,

An audio service of Morning Prayer can be accessed here:


Services this week:

10:00 Measham Church - Holy Communion

10:00 Packington Church - Holy Communion

10:00 Appleby Church - Morning Prayer


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.

Collect for Sunday 9th January 2022


Heavenly Father,

at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:

may we recognize him as our Lord

and know ourselves to be your beloved children;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.



The New Testament Reading for 9th January 2022 - Mark 1.4-11

And so, John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”


Prayers for today:

  • Dear Lord, you sent your son to guide your people. We pray that you will send your Holy Spirit to guide our parishes. This coming year will bring challenges and changes; however, we pray that you will be present as we take each step of our journey of faith with you.
  • All who will seek out our places of worship whether on line or in person.
  • 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 Christians throughout the world, and especially for those who are persecuted because of their faith in you. We ask for your protection for them, and strength and guidance for all individuals and organisations, which seek to help them.
  • 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 as he recovers from his operation at home and for 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 our own healing of body, mind and spirit