Weekly Readings and Prayers

7th March 2021 The Third Sunday of Lent 

Collect of the Day
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; 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 Exodus 20.1-17
Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.  You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.  Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work — you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.  You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour. 

Psalm 19. 7–14
The law of the Lord is perfect reviving the soul; : the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the simple. 
The statutes of the Lord are right and rejoice the heart; : the commandment of the Lord is pure and gives light to the eyes. 
The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; : the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 
More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, : sweeter also than honey dripping from the honeycomb. 
By them also is your servant taught : and in keeping them there is great reward. 
Who can tell how often they offend? : O cleanse me from my secret faults! 
Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins lest they get dominion over me; : so shall I be undefiled and innocent of great offence. 
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, : O Lord my strength and my redeemer. 
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 Corinthians 1.18-25
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. 

Gospel John 2. 13–22
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. 

Post Communion Prayer
Merciful Lord, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers for the Week

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all, making my prayer with joy.  Philippians 1:3-4  

Here at St Jude's we believe that prayer is at the centre of everything we do. In our prayers we bring our deepest feelings to God and share them. To pray is to express our most profound longings. To be continually awe-struck by the world is to pray, in that it helps our souls to fly. To be aware of our failings is to pray, in that it helps our souls to grow. To be thankful is to pray, in that it helps our souls to shine. Below is a list of our prayer subjects this week for the Church, for people, for our community and the world. 

Every day this week we pray for the leaders of our Church throughout the world during this season of Lent. We pray for those who live in Clarence Drive, Cooper's Hill Lane and Corby Close.


Sunday 7th March
Father God, we pray for the health workers tending the seriously ill, for the scientists working on new vaccinations and for the re-searchers analysing data and identifying trends.

Monday 8th March
Gracious God, at this time of the worldwide Pandemic  we especially  pray for the leaders of our countries, states, and cities, as they seek to help manage the challenges of the economic impact of the virus, in travel, manufacturing, hospitality, energy or so many other industries.

Tuesday 9th March 
Holy God, help us always to acknowledge our faith openly and to take every opportunity to live and preach the Good News.

Wednesday 10th March
Creator God, we pray that we may learn to live simply and place value not on material wealth but upon the really important things, such as the love of our friends and family.

Thursday 11th March
Loving God, we thank you for our families, friends and neighbours and for the people with whom we work or share our daily lives. We pray for those who are lonely, those isolated because of Coronavirus and those who find it difficult to make friends or be accepted.

Friday 12th March
Merciful God, we pray for those who have no security and depend upon the giving of charities and aid agencies, who are finding it increasingly difficult to raise funds for important causes around the world where life is endangered.

Saturday 13th March
Living God, as we continue our Lenten journey make us mindful of our potential for good and for growth, as we strive for perfection in your sight despite our human failing and imperfections. 

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.


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