Readings and Prayers: June 14th 2020

 

 

Jesus and the 12 disciples

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.

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The Collect.

God of truth, help us to keep your law of love

and to walk in ways of wisdom, that we may find true life

in Jesus Christ your Son. Amen

The Gospel:  Matthew 9:35-10:8

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’

10 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and illness.These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Heal those who are ill, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

    A suggestion: read the passage slowly and prayerfully a couple of times. Ask yourself:

  1. What word or phrase resonates with or challenges me? What is my response? What am I called to do?
  2. What word or phrase resonates with me as regards the church? What needs to be our response? What are we called to do in 2020?

Prayers for today:

  • For the parishes we serve: for the lonely, the confused, those facing loss of job, for those with the energy to bring change
  • For the church that we may learn what is His will for the way we are to serve Him
  • For church council meeting to wrestle with risk assessments and the way forward towards reopening of church buildings.
  • For a healing of divisions between those of different race, colour and creed, between the haves and the haves not
  • For our government and governments across the world
  • For those facing Coronavirus in other countries who do not have the resources we do
  • For schools as they work on the best way ahead for all pupils
  • For those who suffer in body, mind or spirit.