Inspire

The word inspire means “filled with the spirit” and there are many times when all of us take inspiration from the events and people around us. St Paul, for example, was inspired by a vision of Christ to change his ways and be a better person on the road to Damascus – we too can be inspired by Christ to change for the better.

Think about who inspires you and the times when you have been in inspired throughout this pandemic? How can we be inspiring to others?

Click on a different tabs below each day and explore the different resources we will be exploring at home and in school this week! There are enough things to do one for every day and more if you wish!

Preparing a prayer space at home or in your classrooms:

Changing the environment and atmosphere that we are in can really help inspire our prayer. There are many ways you can do this, for example, you could move into a different room, clear a space or put away your work to help you have a clear mindset. You could change the lighting or the way you are sitting to help you feel more relaxed or you could have an object or image to look at or hold to help you focus your prayer. 

Liturgical Colour: Green- Ordinary Time 

We are in the second week of Ordinary Time and therefore the liturgical colour is green. The colour green signifies hope, life and growth and during this time we explore the life and ministry of Jesus and search to follow in his footsteps and grow as a church. (If you have a piece of green paper or piece of fabric like a blanket, pillow case or cloth you could use the fabric for a prayer focus in your classroom or homes)

Bible“All scripture is inspired by God…” Timothy 3:16

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.

Candle or electric candle – (you may have a lamp or fairy lights you could use)

A candle reminds us that Jesus brings light to darkness, and Jesus is the light of the world. Just as a candle burns its wick and sacrifices its body to share light, Jesus gave of his body to save us all and bring light to darkness.

Crucifix – For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. John 3:16

The crucifix reminds us the greatest act of love, Jesus’ sacrifice and death that gives us eternal life in the kingdom of heaven.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Let us pray for the courage to be missionary disciples of today, as we say the Our Father…

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.

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We are throwing it back to last year’s word of the week to remind us of some of the people who inspire our community.

Let us know who inspires you in the comments below?

Say a prayer today for all those people who inspire you.

Today we offer all our prayers and thanks to God for those people who inspire us and motivate us to be better people.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Mark 3:13-19

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark, 

Glory to You O Lord

Jesus went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him.  And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message,  and to have authority to cast out demons.  So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);  James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder);  and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean,  and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ 

 

The Twelve were sent out “to proclaim the message”.  What do you think that message is?  – Jesus’s message for people today?  How would you put it into words?  or deeds?

‘Christ has no arms but ours,’ wrote Saint Teresa; ‘no hands, no legs but ours.’  As Christ sent out the apostles then, so too today Christ invites us to use our hands and arms and legs to proclaim and live out his message.  How might I use mine?

As you read the scripture again, notice that phrase “those whom he wanted”, and ask yourself, “Do I believe Jesus invites me to be with him?  Do I believe Jesus invites me by name?

The Apostles were given a special calling, a particular vocation. To share the news and lessons that Jesus taught them and inspire others to follow Jesus.

But God has a purpose for every one of us, for every human life.  How do you see your own calling?  Can you talk with the Lord about this? Is there anything you want to ask for God’s help?

Pope Francis’ Prayer for Vocations

LORD of the Harvest, BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call.
Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.

INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving—
for vocations blossom in the
good soil of faithful people.

INSTILL those in religious life, parish
ministries, and families with the confidence
and grace to invite others to embrace
the bold and noble path of a life
consecrated to you.

UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament,
so that we may cooperate
with you in building your reign of mercy
and truth, of justice and peace.
Amen.

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Let’s find out more about what’s happening in the week ahead in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar…

 

Monday

Join The Briars team with live guests and prayer every Monday morning at 9:30am, to help us stay connected and start our week in a positive way.

If you miss the live stream you can still catch up on NDCYS Live YouTube channel. Hit subscribe and set a reminder for every Monday! We’ll see you there 🙂

 

 

Tuesday

Tuesday Mornings- P.E with Jesus

 

 

Wednesday

Wednesday Evenings Night Prayer at 8pm with The Briars Team- Join us and leave your prayer intentions in the comments as we pray together from our homes every Wednesday evening. 

 

 

Thursday

Thursday Mornings – PE with Jesus

 

 

Friday

Friday Night Live show – Every Friday Evening

 Get your household together and join the team for special guests, games and challenges, prayer and reflection!

 

 

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week’s action is a little different.  We are going to give you the freedom to use your own gifts and talents to inspire others. Here are some ideas but feel free to create your own and let us know what you choose to do in the comments below!
  • Artist – could you draw a painting for your front window to inspire others to do the same.  This could have a theme like supporting the NHS or any picture that you think will bring joy to others as they walk past your house.
  • Reader – could you have a ‘story time’ with your family where you read them your favourite story.  Can you inspire them to do the same and have a weekly ‘story time’ where one member gets to share their favourite story and explains why they love it so much.
  • Musician – Could you play your family a piece of music or even put together a mini concert. Could you inspire them to join in.
  • Singer – Could you sing your family your favourite song, perhaps inspire them to do a duet with you.
  • Sports person – could you inspire your family to do a little exercise and play a game in your house or back garden if your lucky enough to have you.  Could you set up keepy uppy or spin around the pole challenges, inspiring them to do more physical activity.
  • Organiser – could you organise some cupboards or wardrobe, could you make a system and inspire your family to do the same. Maybe you could organise the family calendar and make sure that everyone does something together each week!
  • Board game player – could you challenge your family to one board game a night or each week, inspiring them to see the joy of playing.

These are just a few ideas. What are your talents and how are you going to use them to inspire those around you?

Set a reminder or make a note of what you are going to do to inspire others using the gifts and passions that you have.

God made each one of us unique, no one is the same. We are beautifully different. It’s not always the easiest thing to be ourselves, it’s often easier to follow the crowd.  But when we have the confidence to be ourselves we inspire others to do the same.

 

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

For your mission we invite you come up with a meaning for each of the letters within the word INSPIRE and create an acrostic poem… once you have created your poem, comment it in the comments box below and you’ll receive house points!

For example, I is for inclusivity. Everyone has the potential to inspire another person!

I is for….
N is for…
S is for…
P is for…
I is for…
R is for…
E is for…

How are you going to share inspiration with others? Make it your mission to share your poem or some inspiring words with someone this week.

“A person’s words can be a source of wisdom, deep as the ocean, fresh as a flowing stream.”

Proverbs 18:4

Lord Jesus, inspire in us the words to say and use. Words that will build others up. Words that will inspire the people we meet. Words that will spread your Good News. Amen. 

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Although we are facing challenging times, we can still take positive steps and find reasons to be hopeful Rainbow

Join us for #HappierJanuary with daily actions to boost happiness for yourself and others. Let’s get 2021 off to a happier start! Grinning face

We challenge you to explore the action calendar for January and see how many you can complete!

actionforhappiness.org/january

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

A prayer of Joy

Lord, help me to

cherish the last time I really laughed,

value the last thing that I achieved,

respect the last time I did something that scared me.

Lord, be by my side so that I can

find joy in the smallest things,

appreciate the wonder of your creation

And live my life to the full.

Amen.

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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