Epiphany – 2021/22

Our Word of the Week this week is

Epiphany 

2nd week of Christmastide

Welcome back! We hope you had a relaxing and joyful Christmas break! Even though we are back at school we are still in Christmastide. On the 6th of January celebrate the feast of the Epiphany – when the magi from the east brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to the baby Jesus. For us, this feast is an opportunity to think about the gifts we’ve been given and how we use them to serve God. It’s also a chance to give thanks for all those who give so much to us every day.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

Let us bow our heads and pray together…

Intercessions: Think about any prayers you would like to offer to God today…

 

The wise men were guided by the star on their journey and so we pray together that we may also be guided by God on our journey through life:

We pray for all people who have to leave their homes and travel a long way: that they may reach a place of safety and welcome.

Lord, in your mercy…

Response: Hear our prayer

We pray for those who journey to find water, food or healthcare: that with our help their journey may be made easier.

Lord, in your mercy…

Response: Hear our prayer

We pray for our parishes, family and friends: that we may reach out to others who face difficult journeys, even though they are far away, helping them in whatever way we can.

Lord, in your mercy…

Response: Hear our prayer

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

GOSPEL JOHN 1:1-5,9-14

‘The Word was made flesh, and lived among us’

 

A brief summary or fundamental lessons of the Bible

 ‘Scripture is at the centre of everything the church does.  The Word of God shapes our prayer and worship.  The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.’

 

Living God,
you walk alongside us
and speak to us throughout the Scriptures.
Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears
and shows us how to live for one another.
Send us the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds
so that we may be your witnesses throughout the world.

Amen

Our Lady of the Annunciation, Pray for us

St Matthew, Pray for us

St Jerome, Pray for us

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Happy Feast of the Epiphany!

To help us celebrate this brilliant feast we are going to listen to the hymn We three kings by Rend Collective. As you listen to the hymn, have a think about what gifts you can offer others this year to share the light of Christ.

This version of the hymn we three kings reminds us that we are never truly lost even when we feel heartbroken, sad or lonely, there is always the light of Jesus to give us hope, joy and love.

Is there someone you know, or maybe someone you don’t know who might be feeling a bit lost at the moment? Can you make it your mission to share the gift of kindness with them to help them recognise that they are never truly lost, there is always hope.

Let us bow our heads and pray together…

Lord, the sight of the guiding star

brought hope, courage and joy

to those who had journeyed to find you.

When our journey seems long,

when hope seems far away,

when our courage is failing,

fill us with faith and trust;

shine your light on our fears,

lift our hearts with your joy.

Help us to recognise you

in our brothers and sisters throughout the world;

show us how we can work together, 

so that we may all come to share in the life 

promised to us by Jesus, 

the Saviour of us all.

Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

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