Daily Bible Reading and Prayer 

Whilst we are all separated due to the Coronavirus, I thought that one way to be united might be to read the same bible passage each day. I thought between now and Easter we would read some of Mark’s Gospel, then after Easter we would look at Act’s together and learn from the first disciples.
Each day I suggest you read the passage for the day using the Lectio Divina method set out below. If you feel God is saying something to you that is an encouragement for the whole church then you could post it on our WhatsApp group or St James’ facebook page or email to our church group.
Each day you will see there is also a suggested topic for prayer and a prayer from common worship to finish.
Lectio Divina:

  • Read the passage through twice slowly and carefully. Notice any particular verses that stand out.
    • You might like to put yourself in the shoes of different people in the passage, imagine what they might be thinking and feeling.
  • Meditate on any verses that have particularly stood out for you.
  • Pray. What do you want to say to the Lord in response to the Word spoken to you? Enter into this loving conversation with God.
  • Contemplate. Rest in Gods presence. 
  • Action. Note down anything you feel God is saying to you today.

You can download a booklet of readings and prayers up to Easter Here

24th March - Mark 3: 1-6 Jesus heals on the Sabbath
Pray for: The One Can Trust supporting families with food parcels
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
and keep me in your care. Amen
25th March - Mark 4:1-20 parable of the sower
Pray for: Doctors, nurses and all the people involved in maintaining our health and curing the sick
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. Amen
26th March - Mark 4: 35-41 Jesus calms the storm
Pray for: Heights Nursing Home
I am giving you worship with all my life,
I am giving you obedience with all my power,
I am giving you praise with all my strength,
I am giving you honour with all my speech.
I am giving you love with all my heart,
I am giving you affection with all my sense,
I am giving you my being with all my mind,
I am giving you my soul, O most high and holy God.
Praise to the Father, Praise to the Son,
Praise to the Spirit, The Three in One. Amen
27th March-  Mark 5: 21-42 Jesus heals Jairus daughter and the woman with bleeding
Pray for : all members of St James’ church and thank God for the fellowship that we cherish
O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide,
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
28th March - Mark 6:7-13 Jesus sends out the 12 disciples
Pray for: All those who struggle with mental health problems in our church and community
Be with us, Lord, in all our prayers,
and direct our way toward the attainment of salvation,
that among the changes and chances of this mortal life,
we may always be defended by your gracious help,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
SUNDAY 29th March   Living Gods Love when it hurts- John 11: 1-45, Romans 12: 9-21 see service for today

Heather Graham, 23/03/2020