Joy

The 3rd week of advent is based on joy which can be described as the feeling of good pleasure and happiness. It can also be said that joy comes from the Holy Spirit and from Hope in God’s word. The start of the 3rd week of advent is started by Gaudete Sunday. The word ‘Gaudete’ is Latin for the word rejoice and as a church, we start to turn our hearts towards the joy that is to come of Jesus’ birth.

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.

Today we are going to watch our Word of the Week video from our Year 8 and 9 Chaplaincy Team!

Talk about these questions now and then comment your answers below.

What brings you joy?

What Bible passages can you think of that talk about joy?

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 Sunday we celebrated Gaudete Sunday with a Gospel reading that Luke is now going to retell and then explain.

Let’s focus on the line “Whoever has two shirts must give one to the man who has none, and whoever has food must share it.”

With the person sat next to you, 

What does this teach us about sharing?

Can you think of any people that you could share with this Christmas?

Let us pray…

Oh My God, fill us with the same joy you gave to your followers when you told them to go and announce the good news. Help us to inspire the people around us with the joy of faith and encourage us also to find joy in God’s creation. 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.

We are going to watch the video below, and then focus more on preparing for the joy of Christmas.

In advent we focus on preparing for the arrival of the baby Jesus. We think about how Mary and Joseph might of prepared in the months prior to his birth and we think about how we can prepare for the joy that is Christ’s birth.

To think about preparing for things, take a piece of paper and fold it into 3 equal sections like this:

Mel Stampz: Design Focus: Rule of Thirds (Birthday Card-with measurements)

When you have done this, in the top section write something that you currently want to prepare for; it could be a big football game you have coming up or it could some exams coming up.

In the middle section, write about how you can prepare for that thing today; this could be organising football training or making a revision timetable.

In the bottom section write what you are going to do in the next few weeks to prepare for it; this could be to have practiced your first touch or to have revised a certain topic by Saturday.

Hold on to this piece of paper so you can look at it and build up your preparation for the certain event you wrote at the top of your paper. In the same way, advent prepares us for Jesus’ birth by letting us focus on the qualities of hope, peace, joy and love. Each week we focus on a different quality and by the end of advent we see how we have prepared for advent by building the same qualities in ourselves that Jesus brought to the world when he was born.

Let us pray…

Jesus, as we prepare to welcome you again this Christmas, speak your words into our hearts and lives, that by our preparation for your birth, we, might proclaim what still needs to be made ready if our world is to become more like your Kingdom. Soften our hearts, calm our fears and give us courage to proclaim your coming in our world. 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.

We are going to watch the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert from 2015 about Mog the Cat. Have a think throughout why this links to our word of the week.

With the person next to you discuss the following questions about the video…

How did the Thomas family feel at the end of this video?

What did the neighbours do to make the Thomas’ family feel better?

What can we do this Christmas do bring joy to other people?

In this video, we can see the Thomas family’s Christmas progressively getting worse and worse. Towards the end of the video we can see that neighbours start to recognise that the Thomas’ are in need and are in a less fortunate position then themselves. Thanks to the neighbours generosity, they are able to bring joy and happiness to the Thomas family. 

Let us pray…

Lord, allow us to be selfless towards other people so they can experience joy this Christmas time. Help us to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and bring a shared sense of joy to those around me so they can experience the power of your coming to earth. Amen

We’ve made it to the end of the term everyone, hurray! Let’s celebrate our final liturgy of the year together now. Please watch the liturgy via the link emailed out tutors!

 

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