Challenge – Praying from home – All Saints’

This weeks word of the week is CHALLENGE!

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There are enough things to do – one for every day if you so wish.

NDCYS have a few of these Script or Scripture Videos so check them out! It’s a really good challenge to see if you can spot which are from the Bible and which aren’t.

Loads of us have been loving the Tik Tok challenges during lock downs, learning the dancers in particular.

Take a look at this compilation of our fantastic NHS workers doing the ‘Oh Na Na Na Challenge.’

Why not give it a go with some of your family at home and then have a think about some challenges you have faced during these challenging times.

How have you overcome them?

So many charities help people overcome challenges each day. Have a look at this video of the work the charity UNICEF do in Madagascar, helping local children.

What challenges have they helped these children over come?

 

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

This is the whole of Chapter 17 in the book of Samuel, which may seem very long but it allows you to see the whole picture of what is happening. It is the story of David and Goliath, and is an incredible example of challenges and overcoming adversity.

 

A reading from the book of Samuel

Goliath Challenges the Israelites

The Philistines gathered for battle in Socoh, a town in Judah; they camped at a place called Ephes Dammim, between Socoh and Azekah. Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in Elah Valley, where they got ready to fight the Philistines. The Philistines lined up on one hill and the Israelites on another, with a valley between them.

A man named Goliath, from the city of Gath, came out from the Philistine camp to challenge the Israelites. He was over nine feet tall and wore bronze armor that weighed about 125 pounds and a bronze helmet. His legs were also protected by bronze armor, and he carried a bronze javelin slung over his shoulder. His spear was as thick as the bar on a weaver’s loom, and its iron head weighed about fifteen pounds. A soldier walked in front of him carrying his shield. Goliath stood and shouted at the Israelites, “What are you doing there, lined up for battle? I am a Philistine, you slaves of Saul! Choose one of your men to fight me. If he wins and kills me, we will be your slaves; but if I win and kill him, you will be our slaves. Here and now I challenge the Israelite army. I dare you to pick someone to fight me!” When Saul and his men heard this, they were terrified.

David in Saul’s Camp

David was the son of Jesse, who was an Ephrathite from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and at the time Saul was king, he was already a very old man. His three oldest sons had gone with Saul to war. The oldest was Eliab, the next was Abinadab, and the third was Shammah. David was the youngest son, and while the three oldest brothers stayed with Saul, David would go back to Bethlehem from time to time, to take care of his father’s sheep.

Goliath challenged the Israelites every morning and evening for forty days.

One day Jesse said to David, “Take a half-bushel of this roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and hurry with them to your brothers in the camp. And take these ten cheeses to the commanding officer. Find out how your brothers are getting along and bring back something to show that you saw them and that they are well. King Saul, your brothers, and all the other Israelites are in Elah Valley fighting the Philistines.”

David got up early the next morning, left someone else in charge of the sheep, took the food, and went as Jesse had told him to. He arrived at the camp just as the Israelites were going out to their battle line, shouting the war cry. The Philistine and the Israelite armies took positions for battle, facing each other. David left the food with the officer in charge of the supplies, ran to the battle line, went to his brothers, and asked how they were getting along. As he was talking with them, Goliath came forward and challenged the Israelites as he had done before. And David heard him. When the Israelites saw Goliath, they ran away in terror. “Look at him!” they said to each other. “Listen to his challenge! King Saul has promised to give a big reward to the man who kills him; the king will also give him his daughter to marry and will not require his father’s family to pay taxes.”

David asked the men who were near him, “What will the man get who kills this Philistine and frees Israel from this disgrace? After all, who is this heathen Philistine to defy the army of the living God?” They told him what would be done for the man who killed Goliath.

Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard David talking to the men. He became angry with David and said, “What are you doing here? Who is taking care of those sheep of yours out there in the wilderness? You smart aleck, you! You just came to watch the fighting!”

“Now what have I done?” David asked. “Can’t I even ask a question?” He turned to another man and asked him the same question, and every time he asked, he got the same answer.

Some men heard what David had said, and they told Saul, who sent for him. David said to Saul, “Your Majesty, no one should be afraid of this Philistine! I will go and fight him.”

“No,” answered Saul. “How could you fight him? You’re just a boy, and he has been a soldier all his life!”

“Your Majesty,” David said, “I take care of my father’s sheep. Any time a lion or a bear carries off a lamb, I go after it, attack it, and rescue the lamb. And if the lion or bear turns on me, I grab it by the throat and beat it to death. I have killed lions and bears, and I will do the same to this heathen Philistine, who has defied the army of the living God. The Lord has saved me from lions and bears; he will save me from this Philistine.”

“All right,” Saul answered. “Go, and the Lord be with you.” He gave his own armor to David for him to wear: a bronze helmet, which he put on David’s head, and a coat of armor. David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor and tried to walk, but he couldn’t, because he wasn’t used to wearing them. “I can’t fight with all this,” he said to Saul. “I’m not used to it.” So he took it all off. He took his shepherd’s stick and then picked up five smooth stones from the stream and put them in his bag. With his sling ready, he went out to meet Goliath.

David Defeats Goliath

The Philistine started walking toward David, with his shield bearer walking in front of him. He kept coming closer, and when he got a good look at David, he was filled with scorn for him because he was just a nice, good-looking boy. He said to David, “What’s that stick for? Do you think I’m a dog?” And he called down curses from his god on David. “Come on,” he challenged David, “and I will give your body to the birds and animals to eat.”

David answered, “You are coming against me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the Israelite armies, which you have defied. This very day the Lord will put you in my power; I will defeat you and cut off your head. And I will give the bodies of the Philistine soldiers to the birds and animals to eat. Then the whole world will know that Israel has a God, and everyone here will see that the Lord does not need swords or spears to save his people. He is victorious in battle, and he will put all of you in our power.”

Goliath started walking toward David again, and David ran quickly toward the Philistine battle line to fight him. He reached into his bag and took out a stone, which he slung at Goliath. It hit him on the forehead and broke his skull, and Goliath fell face downward on the ground. And so, without a sword, David defeated and killed Goliath with a sling and a stone! He ran to him, stood over him, took Goliath’s sword out of its sheath, and cut off his head and killed him.

When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they ran away. The men of Israel and Judah shouted and ran after them, pursuing them all the way to Gath and to the gates of Ekron. The Philistines fell wounded all along the road that leads to Shaaraim, as far as Gath and Ekron. When the Israelites came back from pursuing the Philistines, they looted their camp. David got Goliath’s head and took it to Jerusalem, but he kept Goliath’s weapons in his own tent.

The Word of the Lord

R:/ Thanks be to God

We end with the Sign of the Cross.
We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Our first suggestion is a beautiful and simple song. The song repeats the same lyrics multiple times (and so is fairly easy to pick up if you want to learn it!) but those lyrics have such deep and heartfelt meaning. It’s all about God’s love, and how it surrounds us when we are facing our challenges. Let us know if you like it in the comments below!

 

Our second song is by Elevation Worship and is called Overcome. Need we say more about it’s link to challenges?

We end with the Sign of the Cross.
We start with the Sign of the Cross.

As this week is all about challenge, that’s what our activities are this week; a series of challenges! See how many you can complete and let us know in the comments below.

  1. Name 3 apostles of Jesus.
  2. Help somebody in your house without being asked at least twice.
  3. Make a poster to say thank you to all our key workers.
  4. Read the Gospel for the day and reflect on it – what can you learn?
  5. Write your own prayer for others and pray it each day.

The 5-Day Prayer Challenge

Day 1 – Headline prayers

Open any newspaper or a magazine and circle a headline. Write a prayer for those people who are effected  by the events that have taken place.  What do the people need? It could be a number of things:

  • Guidance
  • food
  • shelter
  • love
  • support

Day 2 – Sensory prayers

Think back over your day and thank God for something you can see, smell, touch, hear and taste. What is it?

For example, last week I thanked God for the crunching of leaves as I walked in my back garden, I thanked him for the frosty air on my face, I thanked him for the warmth in my house and the sun shining down.

What did you do today and how can you use it to thank the Lord.

 

Day 3 – Lollipop prayers

At the beginning of the day, put a jar of lollipops (or pieces of paper in a jar) on your kitchen island or table. On the lollipops or pieces of paper write down either the name of a person who you think needs your families prayers, or a situation you think needs prayers or even something personal you would like help with and you would like your family to remember in their personal prayers.

Let your family know that they can grab a lollipop or piece of paper any time during the day as a prayer request.

 

Day 4 – Colouring prayer

Most people think praying means closing your eyes and folding your hands. But our hands can be busy creating—words of praise to God, names of God, pictures of those they’re praying for–while their thoughts are busy talking to God

Take sometime today to get create and create a prayer for your family that can be stuck up on the fridge or anywhere you can all enjoy seeing and reading it!

 

Day 5 – Scripture prayers

A Prayer for the Ephesians

Ephesians 3:14-21

14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

Do you know of anyone who is struggling at the moment and needs to be remonded of God’s love for them.  Offer up a prayer from them today.

Dear God,

I pray that ____ (fill in the blank with the name of the person you’re praying for) would have power to understand how wide and long and high and deep God’s love is.

May _______ know God’s love, that’s so huge it’s beyond understanding.

Amen. 

Celebrate completing your five day prayer challenge with a family walk  as you pray for family and friends.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.
We start with the Sign of the Cross.

This video is really inspiring, talking about having difficulties, facing challenges, and the love of God. Watch the video and spend some time afterwards reflecting in quiet on the challenges you have faced.

 

Dear Lord,

I pray that You will build my faith so strong that I can stand up to any adversity in my life with great confidence. I know I do not walk alone. I ask for every impossible situation in my life to be turned around. I ask to be empowered with Your faith so that I may see the possibilities instead of the appearances. I turn my attention to You instead of the problem. I center my faith in the solution instead of negativity and I believe in You with my whole heart. I pray this day will be a spiritual one where understanding increases and my faith grows.
Amen
We end with the Sign of the Cross.
We start with the Sign of the Cross.

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