Kingdom – All Saints’

We are in the 34th week of Ordinary Time in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical colour is Green 

Our Word of the Week this week is…

KINGDOM

The Kingdom of God is a place of peace, justice, and love. It is a place
where everyone is welcome and everyone is loved. The Kingdom of
God is not a place that we will find on a map, but it is a way of life
that we can work towards building in our own lives and in the world
around us.
Think of one thing you can do to make your community more like the
Kingdom of God.

 

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, the scripture focus comes from Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 6:33).

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Glory to you, O Lord.

Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew reminds us that we are building God’s kingdom and that, in doing so, we should never be concerned or worried about things that don’t matter.  Instead, we should focus on doing what is right.  This is God’s plan for us.

Let’s reflect on this by thinking what God’s Kingdom means:

Let us pray…

Lord, help us to be people who work together to build your kingdom, as a living Church – active and never passive.

Fill us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may have the knowledge, wisdom, strength and courage to bring your kingdom to life, sharing it with all we encounter each day.  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 have now entered into the final week of the Church Year.

The new liturgical year begins on the first Sunday of Advent and concludes on the feast of Christ the King (the final Sunday before Advent begins). This symbolizes the eternal truth that all things begin and end in Jesus Christ: 

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”  (Revelation 22:1)

As the Earth revolves around the sun, we revolve around the Son of God.  The colours and traditions of the seasons in the Church reflect the journey we walk with Jesus and with one another, as the Body of Christ.  Whether the weather outside is hot or cold, rainy or sunny, autumnal or wintery, the universal Church can still pray together on the same themes.

As a form, make a pointer for your Liturgical Calendar, so that you can track your journey through the Church Year.

Begin to think about how your form room will look different as we venture through the liturgical seasons.

What can you do to reflect the Church Year in a creative way?

Send photos of any examples to the Chaplaincy office please.

Let us pray…

Father, you called us to work as one body in Christ Jesus, your Son.  Help us to journey together as one in prayer, one in season, one in hope and one in faith.

Inspire us to live out your Word and to be examples of our faith to all we meet.

We make this prayer 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.

As we begin this new year in the Church, we reflect on ourselves.

On January 1st every year, a lot of people make ‘New Year Resolutions’ in order to help themselves become a better person or maybe to accomplish a goal that year.

To help ourselves become better people, this week and prepare for the beginning of the new Church Year that begins this Sunday, make some New Year’s Resolutions as a form. 

You might find it helpful to consider:

Your prayer life: do you pray?  Do you spend time reflecting?  Do you take any time out, away from devices, screens, work, etc to just be still? The choices you make: how can you improve these?   The way you speak to people or interact with them: is it always with the right amount of respect and patience?  Do you always give them the time they need for you to listen and/or respond? The time you give to others, living out our school motto ‘We Shall Serve’: what do you do at home to serve?  Do you act selflessly, e.g. doing jobs at home, visiting loved ones, giving up some of your time for others…?

If there’s a window in your classroom, perhaps you could write these up, or stick them on post-its on your form board, as a reminder of the resolutions you’re choosing to make as individuals or as a form, as we enter the new liturgical year.

Let us pray…

Lord, we offer you these resolutions as a sign that we are making a new start when we begin the journey through Advent and the new Church Year with you.   Guide us to be strong and to not lose our way.  Help us to encourage one another to stay on the right path, so that we grow closer to you and to one another.  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.

Spend time this morning setting up your form room for the season of Advent and continuing with your resolutions for the new Church Year.

As we prepare to serve one another with a greater effort during the season of Advent, let’s remember our school motto ‘We Shall Serve’ and sing our school hymn ‘The Servant King’ as our prayer for today:

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.

Be Inspirational