Readings and Prayers: July 18th 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmvy2gsfYTc  and of Communion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLsBNwIWosw

 There is material for families and children at https://www.facebook.com/woodfieldchurcheschildrenswork/

The Collect

Generous God,

you give us gifts and make them grow:

though our faith is small as mustard seed,

make it grow to your glory

and the flourishing of your kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Gospel: Mark 6: 30-34; 53 –end

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 53When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54 When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55 and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

A suggestion:

  1. What impression do you get of Jesus from this passage? What response would you like to make to him?
  2. As Jesus is God ‘in the flesh’, does the way Jesus does things change your idea of God?

Prayers for today:

  • For a greater love and desire for Jesus
  • That we may be willing to share Jesus with others
  • For commitment to the task of protecting our planet from pollution
  • For wisdom for all following July 19th and reaching Step 4 of the government’s roadmap
  • For the people of Afghanistan as western troops leave
  • For the Shaped by God Together process as many work on a final possible model for future ministry
  • For all the changes needed to be put in place in the Woodfield Team as Vivien approaches retirement.
  • For the villages and people served by the Woodfield Team
  • For all who work in healthcare, for social workers; for all who simply keep our society going
  • For those we know who are ill and for the recently bereaved