Weekly Readings and Prayers
Sunday 17th October 2021 — Luke the Evangelist
Almighty God, who called Luke the physician, whose praise is in the gospel, to be an evangelist and physician of the soul: may it please you that, by the wholesome medicines of the doctrine delivered by him, all the diseases of our souls may be healed; through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Acts 16.6-12a
They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 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.
Alleluia. How good it is to make music for our God, : how joyful to honour him with praise.
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem : and gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted : and binds up all their wounds.
4 He counts the number of the stars : and calls them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; : his wisdom is beyond all telling.
6 The Lord lifts up the poor, : but casts down the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; : make music to our God upon the lyre;
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 2 Timothy 4.5-17
As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing. Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will pay him back for his deeds. You also must beware of him, for he strongly opposed our message. At my first defence no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
Gospel Luke 10.1-9
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”
Post Communion Prayer
O Lord God, the source of truth and love, keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, united in prayer and the breaking of bread, and one in joy and simplicity of heart, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Weekly prayers for the week beginning 17th October 2021
This week we are praying for all who live in Kingsley Avenue, Laburnum Place and Larchwood Drive
"The Kingdom of God is near you" (Luke 10:9)
Sunday 17th October
Heavenly Father we give thanks for the life and ministry of your servant St Luke. Bless us as we worship together today and give us the same boldness as he had to spread the love of Jesus.
Monday 18th October
Heavenly Father, we give thanks for Luke's compassion in recording the realities of suffering and loss and the hope which is ours in Jesus. We pray for those who grieve today, remembering especially the family attending the funeral service of a loved one in church this afternoon.
Tuesday 19th October
Heavenly Father, we thank you for Luke's faithful record of all that he had learned of Jesus and of the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the early church. Help us to be faithful witnesses to what God is doing among us today.
Wednesday 20th October
Heavenly Father, we thank you that Luke proved a loyal companion on life's journey. We thank you for those who walk alongside us on our own journeys through life. Help us to be constant and reliable friends to those who especially need our companionship this week.
Thursday 21st October
Heavenly Father, we thank you that Luke was able to use his medical skills to the benefit of others. We pray today for those who serve as doctors within our community.
Friday 22nd October
Heavenly Father, we thank you for Luke's testimony to the healing power of Jesus. We pray for those who are unwell at this time; most especially for those known and dear to us.
Saturday 23rd October
Heavenly Father, we thank you that Luke's writings have been preserved for us in your Holy Word. As tomorrow we celebrate Bible Sunday we pray that you will rekindle in us a desire to read your Word and to grow in knowledge of your ways.
Heavenly Father, please accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.