Prayer and Meditation for December & January
God of perfect peace, violence and cruelty can have no part with you.
May those who are at peace with one another hold fast to the good will that unites them; may those who are enemies forget their hatred and be healed.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
(2 Thessalonians 3:16)
Sunday 17th January
Epiphany 2, Year B
Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
1st Reading: 1 Samuel 3.1-10
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So, he went and lay down. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore, Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening”.’ So, Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’
Please pray for those who are unwell in our parish:
Patrick Crowe, Patricia Burdon, Glyn Jenkins, Maddie, Bob White, Andy and family, John Crocker, David Ratcliffe, Joe, Chris, Marcia, Annie and Andy, Andrew McManus, Chris Sterry, Mark Lawson-Jones, Edna Poole, Elly Martin, and Baby Ibrahim
Please pray for the recently departed:
Jill Locock (Priest)
And for those in our Year’s Mind: Mildred Spencer (20th), Samantha Williams (21st) and Doreen Hardwick (23rd)
HORFIELD PARISH PRAYER
Lord, help us to love one another as you love us:
Send your blessing upon this parish and community of Horfield,
That your wisdom and your love may flow into our hearts,
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
And that your will be done, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
David Wells; Brian Blancharde; Freddie Leaworthy; Mandy; Sophia Vryoni-Dickson; Becky Goodwin; Glyn Jenkins
David & Pauline Perkins, Bill Thorn, Margaret Willey, Michael Crocker; Liz Dunmall; Eryl Lloyd Parry
Terry Lee; Marylou Thonger; Andy & Family; Martin Nicholls; Nevil Brind; David Staynings; Kathie Wright; Anna George; Frank
Robin & Maureen Wooton; Sister Sue; Andy Hill; Geoff Stock
Anne Hepper, Annie Prosser & Andy; James Wilson' Kathy Seaman; Thomas Otterstad; Cliff Haynes
Gospel: John 1.43-51
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’