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Readings & Prayers

While the church is closed due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the weekly Collect, Epistle and Gospel readings will be here for easy access along with prayers and intercessions.

May God bless each and everyone of us.

29th March ~ Passiontide begins

The Collect:  

Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: Grant that by faith in Him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of His victory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen

The Epistle is written in the 6th verse of the 8th chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the Romans:

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

This is the Word of the Lord All: Thanks be to God

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John:

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for Him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with Him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray Him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord: Praise to You, O Christ

Prayers

Lord God, you are the Father of all people and we come before you today with our prayers knowing that you will hear us, and guide us.

We pray for communities in our country and across the world as we struggle with the fight to beat the Coronavirus. Give people courage, hope, compassion and strength. Be with all who are working around the clock to keep us safe, especially the police, ambulance crews, doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. Keep them safe and well as they put themselves at risk to help and protect us.  Amen

Our thoughts go out to those who find themselves confined to flats and apartments with no garden to sit in and are feeling very isolated. We also ask your blessing on those who are homeless and sleeping on our streets. Bless all those who take food and warm drinks to them and help to find safe places for them to sleep. Keep all volunteers safe, those assisting the NHS, the police and those helping at food banks. Uphold and protect them all in your loving arms. Amen.

Father, despite our current concerns and worries, we have so much to be thankful for. As the days get longer, the rain is warmer and the sun is brighter at your command. Seeds burst into life, bird song fills the air and new lambs run and leap in fields. The whole world of nature echoes your praise. Amen.

O God, each day and every moment comes from you as a gift. Enable us to live fully in the present, cherishing the moment that is ours. Calm our fears about the future and give us the gift of inner peace. Your son, Jesus, told us not to be anxious about the needs of each day, for your loving care is with us.  Amen.

Thank you for the joy of family, good friends and neighbours. Protect those who we love and are separated from us. Guide them if they are lonely or afraid and bless them with the warmth of your presence. Thank you that neither time nor distance can cut us off from the love we have for each other and you. Amen.

Bless the week ahead. May its challenges not overwhelm us, Circumstances not discourage us, and in all things, may we remember you are with us on our journeying.  Amen

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