Readings and Prayers: November 22nd 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 a service of Morning Prayer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXgEMkE6oKg&feature=youtu.be   and of Communion here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPa_gmYjzLA&feature=youtu.be

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

This Sunday is the last in the church’s year and we celebrate the festival of Christ the King. Also known as Stir Up Sunday. Next week, New Year starts with Advent Sunday.

The Collects.

God the Father,

help us to hear the call of Christ the King and to follow in his service,

whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, one glory. Amen

 

Stir up, O Lord,

the wills of your faithful people;

that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Epistle: Ephesians 1:15-end

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Suggestions:

Read the passage slowly and prayerfully a couple of times. St.Paul here has the most amazing prayer for the people of Ephesus but it is a prayer for us today too. What stands out for you from the passage?

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. Take it to Jesus in prayer. If you have questions, take those to him in prayer and the listen out for his response in the coming days.
  • What does this passage say to you about who Jesus is? Let that encourage you and perhaps be open to understand Him more and love him better?

Prayers for today:

Pray to our heavenly Father who created all things in heaven and on earth. He knows our needs and the needs of the world and reaches out with love and forgiveness to reconcile all things to himself.

  • for the church throughout the world asking God to forgive us for the divisions that separate us and to heal the wounds that those divisions have caused
  • that the church, Christ’s body, may be united and strengthened by Christ himself who holds all things together and has first place in everything.
  • for all who hold the power and responsibility that comes with authority: that the spirit of Christ the King will teach them humility and a willingness to stand alongside those who depend on them for leadership.
  • for all who suffer pain and mental distress through illness or through the cruelty of others: that God’s power and spirit will strengthen them and bring them the healing and peace that belong to Christ’s kingdom.
  • for the saints who have gone before us and now live in God’s eternal light, giving thanks for their witness and encouragement and praying that we will share in their inheritance within the kingdom of God’s beloved Son.

Heavenly Father, you have rescued us from the power of darkness. Help us to walk in this world as citizens of your kingdom of light where Christ reigns as King in glory for ever and ever.  Amen.