Weekly Readings and Prayers

Sunday 22nd May 2022 Sixth Sunday of Easter

Collect
God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; 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.

First Reading Acts 16.9-15
During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptised, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us. 

 

Psalm 67 
1 God be gracious to us and bless us • and make his face to shine upon us, 
2 That your way may be known upon earth, • your saving power among all nations. 
3 Let the peoples praise you O God; • let all the peoples praise you. 
4 O let the nations rejoice and be glad, • for you will judge the peoples righteously and govern the nations upon earth. 
5 Let the peoples praise you O God; • let all the peoples praise you. 
6 Then shall the earth bring forth her increase, • and God our own God will bless us. 
7 God will bless us, • and all the ends of the earth shall fear him. 
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 Revelation 21.10,22-22.5
And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honour of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practises abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever. 

Gospel  John 5. 1-9
After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids-blind, lame, and paralysed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, 'Do you want to be made well?' The sick man answered him, 'Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.' Jesus said to him, 'Stand up, take your mat and walk.' At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. Now that day was a sabbath.

Post Communion Prayer
God our Father, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life: may we thirst for you, the spring of life and source of goodness, through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

Please take this sheet home and keep it close by for the week ahead

This week we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. We pray that as God's people here at St Jude's we may continue to discover more of what it means that Jesus calls us to make disciples for him. 

On the news, a teacher in Ukraine is asked, "What should they be taught now?" She responds, "Always to keep hope alive."     

 

Every day this week we also pray that the Holy Spirit will fill us all with hope. We pray for those who live in Priest Hill, Prospect Lane and Prospect Place.

 

Sunday 22nd May 
Gracious God, we pray for the Church, both here in Englefield Green and worldwide that we may go forward together in unity and strength. Help us to respect the beliefs of others even if we do not share them, to celebrate what we have in common and to accept our differences. Guide us all in our ministries as we live each day.

Monday 23rd May
Father God, we pray for governments and world leaders, for all who are powerful, that they may be guided by the Spirit of Truth that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations. We continue to pray for an end to the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Tuesday 24th May
Creator God,  we celebrate and give thanks for all that we receive directly from you as source: the ability to create, to research and discover the resources you provide for ourselves and our world. 

Wednesday 25th May
Generous God,  we pray for all who grow, harvest and prepare the food we eat and for those who cook it and serve it; For all who share with the less fortunate through foodbanks and charities.

Thursday 26th May
Everlasting God, you made the world and everything in it, we pray with one voice, proclaiming your presence to all the earth.  Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you and give thanks for all wonders of your marvellous creation.

Friday 27th May
God of freedom and justice, we pray for prisoners and those held captive — either those held 
physically due to war and unrest, or those who are trapped in situations and cycles such as debt, addiction,  poor mental health, abuse and other things that may be only known to you.

Saturday 28th May
We pray to you for all those who are struggling with rising prices, those struggling to pay the rent, those struggling to feed their families and for those for whom the future looks bleak. Help them to put their trust in you and to hold fast to hope.

We lift all our prayers to a God who loves us and is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. In the name of Christ our Saviour.

 

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