Faith – All Saints’

Alleluia!  He is Risen!

We are in the 3rd week of Eastertide in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

The Liturgical colours are white and gold.

The Word of the Week this week is…

Faith

In the season of Eastertide, we celebrate and reflect on our faith in the risen Lord and the eternal life this gives. Having faith can be hard. It requires us to believe in things that we cannot prove and see. St Thomas is famous for seeking truth and confirming his faith. St Thomas’ questioning of the risen Lord reminds that even for Jesus’ disciples and closest friends, having faith wasn’t always easy. Faith is a gift from God and if we can find it and hold on to it, faith gives us strength, comfort, hope and hope.

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.

As we broke up, we celebrated the Triduum, which culminated in the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday.  The Resurrection is the summit of our faith. 

Let’s recap: 

Alleluia!  He is Risen!

We are in the 3rd week of Eastertide in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

The Liturgical colours are white and gold.

The Word of the Week this week is…

Faith

In the season of Eastertide, we celebrate and reflect on our faith in the risen Lord and the eternal life this gives.  Whilst the shop shelves are so quickly cleared of Easter eggs and decorations, the Easter celebrations continue in the Church.  Our Faith helps us to share the joys of the resurrection for a long time, as Easter is the second longest Liturgical season, after Ordinary time. The Church celebrates Eastertide for 50 days and will finish with the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday 19th May. 

Having faith can be hard. It requires us to believe in things that we cannot prove and see.  St Thomas is famous for seeking truth and confirming his faith.  St Thomas’ questioning of the risen Lord reminds that even for Jesus’ disciples and closest friends, having faith wasn’t always easy.  Faith is a gift from God and if we can find it and hold on to it, faith gives us strength, comfort, hope and hope.

Since Easter is a time of celebration, new life and sharing joy.  Share some of the joys of your Easter break…

(Spend a few moments sharing some.)

…Let’s now give thanks for these, in prayer:

For the time we were given to rest…Lord, we thank you.

For the time we spent with family…Lord, we thank you.

For the time we spent with friends…Lord, we thank you.

For the time you guided us, Lord…Lord, we thank you.

For the gift of the risen Christ…Lord, we thank you.

We bring together these and all the prayers in our hearts, as we pray the prayer that Jesus 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.

Discuss things that you find easy or difficult to understand or question, things that put your faith to the test.

How can we support one another in knowing that God will be there to guide us, if we just keep the faith?

Add some thoughts to the comments box below.

Let us pray:

Lord, when we find things hard, let us know your peace.  When we worry, give us comfort.  When we feel like our faith is weak, give us strength.  When others need reassurance that you are there, help us to be witnesses to your strength, courage, peace and love.

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.

As a Church, there are many signs and symbols of our faith.

In prayer, we begin with the sign of the cross, which should be made confidently as a central sign of our faith.

     

Faith is often a very personal thing to each of us, yet it is not a private matter, despite the fact that we may ask ourselves: What does my faith have to do with the Church?

Anyone who wants to believe must be able to say both “I” and “we”, because a faith you cannot share or communicate would be irrational.  It is from the Church that we have received this faith. 

At Baptism, promises are made in this faith, which we renew at the Easter Vigil.  Very often, anyone who is being baptised or welcomed, is received into the Church during this Mass.  In addition to their parents and Godparents making the promises of baptism, we, as a Church family, renew our promises too:

The Church has handed the faith down through centuries. Believing is therefore participation in a common conviction.  The faith of others supports us, just as the passion of our own faith will strengthen and support others.  The Church emphasises the “I” and the “We” in our profession of faith.

For the early Christians, it was their intention to summarise the most important facts of the faith in twelve points.

Saint Augustine once said: “Let the creed be like a mirror for you.  Look at yourself in it and see whether you really believe all that you claim to believe.  And rejoice every day in your faith.”

We invite you to now listen to and think about the words of the Apostles’ Creed, one of our professions of faith:

Think today about the ways that you profess your faith and how you put it into action as witnesses to the faith of our Church.

Lord, help me to be a beacon of Christ’s light and of the faith He taught us, through my actions, thoughts and words.  Help us, as one body in Christ, to work together to bring the faith to those who have not yet seen this light, so that they may walk from the darkness into the light of the risen Christ.  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.

Over the next few weeks, we will join our friends across the Diocese of Nottingham in sharing in and celebrating the richness of the prayer, the Our Father. 

Let’s begin by praying this together now:

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 invite you, as a form, to discuss and pray this special, central prayer that Jesus gave to us, and to create as many A4 versions of the prayer as you can.

We would love to see the prayer in every language, so invite you to create beautiful copies of the Our Father in every language spoken in your family home.

We also invite you to create modern-day interpretations of the prayer, using words that explain the lines in today’s spoken language.

Over the next few weeks, we will come and take photographs of the prayer and invite you to bring your designs to the chaplaincy office so we can photograph and display them collectively.  

Any entries will receive achievement points for taking the time to focus on this special prayer and for celebrating and sharing in our Faith.

Start your design on a piece of A4 paper today and, as you do, play these musical interpretations of the Our Father, to help you reflect: 

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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