‘To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.’ Hebrews 11:1

For the next few months we are going to have mini Acts of Worship in our forms as we can’t get into the Hall. It will either be a recorded Act of Worship or a script for you to read and follow. If it’s a script, open each section in order and read it through, choosing a different person to lead each section! For today’s Act of Worship you will need 5 plain pieces of A4 Paper.

Gather

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.

Today our Act of Worship is all about faith. Having faith can be hard sometimes, especially in a world where society is constantly questioning and changing. To begin our liturgy we are going to listen to a song. Whilst we do this, reflect on the following questions:

How strong do you feel your faith is right at this moment?

Where is your relationship with God at? Is it strong?

Where do you want your relationship with God to be?

Now that we have reflected a little on our faith, we are going to move onto The Word part of our liturgy.

Word

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

Glory to you O Lord

Jesus crossed the lake to the disciples, walking on the water. When they saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and screamed with fear. Jesus spoke to them at once. “Courage!” he said. “It is I. Don’t be afraid!” Then Peter spoke up. “Lord, if it is really you, order me to come out on the water to you.” “Come!” answered Jesus. So Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water to Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he was afraid and started to sink down in the water. “Save me, Lord!” he cried. At once Jesus reached out and grabbed hold of him and said, “What little faith you have! Why did you doubt?”

The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

In this passage we see Jesus testing His Apostles faith. Peter thinks that he has faith in Christ, but as soon as he turns his attention away from Jesus and to the wind, he becomes afraid and his faith weakens. How often in our lives do we become distracted by other things and find our faith in God disappearing? It is easy to be like Peter, easily swayed and unconvinced of Christ’s awesome power. The real test is keeping our eyes on God even when there is a storm around us and the seas are rough, and keeping that faith at the centre of everything that we do.

Response

Now we are going to respond to the scripture that we have heard today. We are going to create a faith acrostic. What we would like you to do is choose a word for each letter of Faith, and create a poster for each one. Once you have done this, stick them up in your form room to remind yourselves to keep your faith. For example, you might choose:

F – Friendship

A – Acceptance

I – Important

T – Trust

H – Happiness

Now we are going to say a prayer together. Let’s take a moment to bow our heads and share any intentions we have before saying together:

O Lord, give us wise, self-controlled, patient, understanding, devout, faithful, and courageous hearts. Fill our souls with devotion to your service, and strength against all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Mission

Your mission today is to try and spread faith to others around you. Remind yourselves of God’s almighty power, and try and spread that message to others around you. Let us know throughout the week how you get on!

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.

This week’s word of the week video is led by our friends at The Becket School…

Let us pray…

Jesus Christ is at the centre of our faith and school community. Today let us pray together the prayer that Jesus himself taught us.

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

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.

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.

On Wednesday, we celebrate the feast of the English Martyrs and we call to mind the 44 priests, lay women and men who were  canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970, we also remember the further 240 lay women and men who were declared ‘blessed’, as well as the many unknown Catholics who died defending their faith in a period of 150 years following the reformation.

If you’re not too familiar with what the English Reformation is, let’s take a little look back in time to find out why the Reformation happened before we learn some more about the English Martyrs and the sacrifices they made for their faith…

Now to learn some more about the Saints who make up the English Martyrs…

 

The men and women who make the English Martyrs knew great suffering. They could have denied their faith and pretended that it did not exist, but their trust in God was so strong that they stood up their faith and shared it with others. They experienced the beauty of having a relationship with God and they wanted others to share and experience that friendship too!

Let us pray…

The 4th May, has been chosen as a special Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse. Today we offer our prayers and ask for the prayers of the English Martyrs for all who have suffered abuse of any kind.

A prayer for healing and reconciliation 

Praise to you Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
the source of all consolation and hope.
Be the refuge and guardian of all
who suffer from abuse and violence.
Comfort them and send healing
for their wounds of the body, soul and spirit.
Help us all and make us one with you
in your love for justice
as we deepen our respect for the dignity of every human life.
Giver of peace, make us one in celebrating
your praise, both now and forever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
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.

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.

This week’s Sunday Gospel reflection is led by Mrs Carroll, P.E teacher, at The Becket School…

Pause for a moment and think about a time when you have taken a leap of faith – for example, this could be trying a new sport in PE and actually quite enjoying it or realising that you’re good at it, maybe this could be volunteering to lead prayer or Liturgy in front of a group, maybe you took a leap of faith signing up for a trip to the Briars and then had a brilliant time.

Put up your hand and share with the class a time that you have taken a leap of faith – did the leap of faith pay off and have a positive result? Did you feel supported when taking the leap of faith? If there an upcoming event or opportunity whereby you’re going to be brave and take a leap of faith?

Let us pray…

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the times when you have carried me through uncertainty, through trials and through the pain of loss.

 Help me keep my focus on you, to have trust in you and to never forget that I am not alone, you are by my side always.

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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