Weekly Readings and Prayers

Sunday 16th May 2021  The Seventh Sunday of Easter (Sunday after the Ascension)

 

Collect 
O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you,  in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

 

First Reading  Acts 1.15-17,21-26
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred and twenty people). He said, ‘Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus – for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry. So one of the men who have accompanied us throughout the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us – one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.’ So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.’ And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles. 

Psalm 1
1 Blessed are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, •  nor lingered in the way of
sinners, nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.
2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord • and they meditate on his law day and night.
3 Like a tree planted by streams of water bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither, • whatever they do, it shall prosper. 
4 As for the wicked, it is not so with them; • they are like chaff which the wind blows a way.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not be able to stand in the judgement, • nor the sinner in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, • but the way of the wicked shall perish.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son • and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning is now • and shall be for ever. Amen.

Second Reading 1 John 5.9-13
If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 

Gospel John 17.6-19
Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed: ‘Father, I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.’ 

Post Communion Prayer
Eternal God, giver of love and power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom: confirm us in this mission, and help us to live the good news we proclaim; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Prayers for the week

Lord, marvellous, generous, compassionate and creating, hear our prayers

 

Every day this week we pray for the people of India and the surrounding countries as they continue to suffer the ravages of the pandemic. We pray for those who live in Middle Hill, Northcroft Close and Northcroft Gardens.

 

Sunday 16th May
Everlasting God Your son Jesus' Ascension into heaven marked the culmination of the Paschal Mystery. May we live life in the same way as his disciples did at that time, knowing no sense of abandonment but patiently awaiting the promised gift of the Holy Spirit.

Monday 17th May
Creator God, help the people of your world make the best use of science and technology in order to achieve a better life on this planet.  We especially pray for the fair distribution of the Coronavirus vaccine to the whole needy world.

Tuesday 18th May
Father God, protect people of third world countries from being exploited and underpaid for their labour just so that we can enjoy cheap luxury goods at their expense.

Wednesday 19th May
Eternal God, your Son remained with his disciples after his resurrection, teaching them to love all people as neighbours. Thank you for our families, friends and fellow Christians and for the people with whom we work or share our daily lives.

Thursday 20th May
Gracious God, open our eyes to see You acting in our lives and our  hearts to understand not only what you do for us but what you call us to do to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Friday 21st May
Holy God, as we go out into the world make us mindful that we should constantly pray for your world and your people just as Jesus, your son, prayed for his disciple before returning to you.

Saturday 22nd May
Everlasting God, we pray for our troubled world its peoples and their leaders. We pray for those caught up in war, and violence, and hatred; especially the innocent victims of these evils and those who are abused because of Christ. May peace abound and righteousness flourish, that we may vanquish injustice and wrong and that the suffering won't last forever.

Heavenly Father, please accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

At all our Church services we pray for those who are sick, in need and for the bereaved by name. Please do let us know if you would like specific prayer for anyone, and they will be included on this prayer list.