Prayer and Meditation for April
Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain. He that for three days in the grave had lain.
Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen: Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.
"Go to the brothers and tell them I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God."
(John 20: 17)
Sunday 18th April
3rd Sunday in Easter, Year B
Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope: strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
1st Reading: Acts 3.12-19
When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, ‘You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. ‘And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,
Gospel: Luke 24.36b - 48
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you. ’They were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
Please pray for those who are unwell in our parish:
Patrick Crowe, Bob White, John Crocker, Marcia, Annie and Andy, Chris Sterry, Edna Poole, Baby Ibrahim, Jennie Hall, Peter, Michael, Theo and Mother Hilary
Please pray for the recently departed:
HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh,
Patricia Burdon, Margery, Timothy Wilson and Sr. Dorothy Masibera of the Society of the Child Jesus (Gweru, Zimbabwe).
And for those in our Year’s Mind: Dora Tucker (21st), and Dorothy Stock (22nd)
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;
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