Reading and Prayers: 30th June 2024

Hello everyone,

It’s the end of another month already, where does the time go? This week we are invited to pray for the ordination of deacons and priests taking place this weekend in our diocese.

Our team vicar, Rick Tett, is on leave after Sunday so please direct general enquiries to woodfieldteamoffice@gmail.com until 10th July.

Services this week:

This Sunday there will be a United Team service with Holy Communion at Appleby at 10.00am. 

 

Looking ahead:

A slightly quieter week this week:

On Wednesday, Activeage meet again at 11.00am in Measham Church Hall.

Kids Kingdom Baby & Toddlers group meets on Thursday from 9.00 to 11.00am in Appleby Church Hall.

Next Sunday (7th July) there will be 10.00am services of Holy Communion at Measham, Swepstone, and Normanton led by Archdeacon Claire Wood, and Breakfast Church at Packington.

 

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 30th June – The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Almighty God,

send down upon your Church

the riches of your Spirit,

and kindle in all who minister the gospel

your countless gifts of grace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

Reading for 30th June – Mark 5.21-43 New International Version (UK)

Jesus raises a dead girl and heals a sick woman

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.’ 24 So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed round him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realised that power had gone out from him. He turned round in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’

31 ‘You see the people crowding against you,’ his disciples answered, ‘and yet you can ask, “Who touched me?”’

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.’

35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. ‘Your daughter is dead,’ they said. ‘Why bother the teacher anymore?’

36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’

37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.’ 40 But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha koum!’ (which means ‘Little girl, I say to you, get up!’). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.

 

Prayers for today:

We pray:

Eternal Lord, you are our creator and sustainer. We bring before you the needs of our church, our world, our communities, and ourselves.

  • Faithful God, we pray for all people who seek to follow your way in their lives. Let your church speak your word of truth with confidence and in unity so that those who are searching and listening will be able to see and hear clearly your message of love and peace. We pray especially for those in our diocese being ordained deacon and priest this weekend; may they be a light to others and show your grace in their lives.
  • Creator God, as we see the brokenness of our world we pray for healing among the nations, for freedom where there is oppression, for joy where there is pain, and that your love may bring peace to all.
  • God of justice, we pray for the upcoming General election: for honest, generous debates which enhance people’s understanding, for the safety and wellbeing of all candidates and our communities, for wisdom and compassion amongst voters, and for those who are elected to lead with humility, courage, justice and mercy.
  • Gracious God, we pray for people we know who are ill, anxious or bereaved, and for those that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens. We pray that you will lead them, and us, in peace towards healing and wholeness of mind and spirit.
  • Merciful God, we remember before you those whom we love but see no more, and those who grieve their loss.  For those who are mourning, immerse them in your love and lead them through this darkness into the light and comfort of your tender embrace.
  • Loving God, we offer ourselves to you in faith and confidence. Show us as we go out into the world this week how we can best be part of your response to our prayers.

Amen.

 

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