Reading and Prayers: 7th July 2024

Hello everyone,

This week please pray for our local schools as they break up for the summer holidays, and especially for those children in Year 6 who will be leaving primary school and moving up to ‘big’ school, and Years 11 and 13 who have left secondary schools and sixth form after their exams. May God bless them all on the next steps of their journey.

Our team vicar, Rick Tett, is on leave so please direct general enquiries to woodfieldteamoffice@gmail.com until 10th July. The team office will then close for two weeks for holiday.

Services this week:

This Sunday there will be 10.00am services of Holy Communion at Measham, Swepstone, and Normanton led by Archdeacon Claire Wood, and Breakfast Church at Packington. 

 

Looking ahead:

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

Packington & Normanton Ladies’ Group meet at 2.30pm on Wednesday for a talk on Canine Partners assistance dogs.

On Friday, there is Lunch in Packington Church from 12.00noon to 2.00pm with donations welcome towards Church funds.

Next Sunday (14th July) we have services of Holy Communion at Appleby and Donisthorpe at the Halfway House Pub, and Morning Prayer at Measham, all at 10.00am.

 

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 7th July – The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Creator God,

you made us all in your image:

may we discern you in all that we see,

and serve you in all that we do;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

Reading for 7th July – Mark 6.1-13 New International Version (UK)

A prophet without honour

6 Jesus left there and went to his home town, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

‘Where did this man get these things?’ they asked. ‘What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him.

4 Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honour except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.’ 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few people who were ill and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Jesus sends out the Twelve

Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.

8 These were his instructions: ‘Take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.’

12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed with oil many people who were ill and healed them.

 

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.

  • Gracious God we pray for our churches in the Woodfield Team, for our ministry team, and all the volunteers who do so much to make our churches beacons of welcome and worship. Help us, your people, to work together to build a community which is as open and generous as your love.
  • 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.
  • Father God, we pray for our schools at the end of the academic year this week. We pray for all the children, especially those who will not only be moving up classes as they grow, but whose turn it is to move up schools, or go on to college, university or work. We pray that their teachers and school staff will have a restful break over the holidays and be ready for the next cohort in September.
  • Loving God, we pray for healing in body, mind and spirit for all who are in need. We pray that in lives darkened by any kind of pain, distress or grief the light of Christ will bring comfort, hope and a sense of your all-encompassing love.
  • Compassionate God, your love reaches beyond the grave. At the end of our days on earth be with us, with those we love, and with those whom we love and have gone before us.   We pray now for those who have recently died and those bereaved by their passing.
  • Faithful God, we offer you these prayers for ourselves and for others. As we look forward to the week to come, we pray for an awareness of your love and support in all we do.

Amen.

 

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