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Our Word of the Week this week is

Kingdom

34th week of Ordinary Time

During his life, Jesus constantly speaks about the Kingdom of God. We believe that God’s Kingdom is a place of justice and peace and that we are called to help build up that Kingdom here on earth. Not out of bricks and stone but out of each other – we are living stones. Christ came to establish the Kingdom of God here on Earth and this week in the lives of the saints we celebrate we see people who give everything they had to build the Kingdom of God. This week we remember Saint Andrew DũngLac and Companions – they gave their lives to spread the Good News in Vietnam and the church they founded is still there today.

NEW Notices and AOWs this week

 

Leader/Young person: “Good morning, 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 word of the week video is brought to us from The Becket School!

WORD OF THE WEEK VIDEO

 

Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…”

Let us pray,
Jesus, you are the light of the world,
Bringing joy, hope, and peace, and dispelling all despair and darkness.
Shine in my heart.
Help me to turn away from darkness.
Let me bring your light to those who are afraid, alone, and lost.
Light my path, so that I can remain close to you always,
As a witness to your light and your love.
Amen.

Leader/Young person: “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/Young person: “Good morning, 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.”

Reader 1: Jesus used parables (short stories) to help teach people moral or spiritual lessons. In the Gospels, Jesus tells many parables to help us to understand what the kingdom of heaven was and how we can build the kingdom of heaven here on earth. Matthew’s Gospel explains the Kingdom of God through a series of parables. Read through the parables below and match them to the correct explanations that Jesus used when describing the kingdom of heaven.

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Reader 2:

Parable…

The kingdom of heaven is like…

  • The good shepherd
  • Vineyard workers
  • A wedding feast
  • A dragnet (fishing net)

Explanation…

a) – They sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous.

b) – The landowner then says, “The last will be first and the first will be last.” Those people who consider themselves the most important in the Kingdom of God because of their good deeds will be surprised – this is not how God’s grace works.

c) – “Many are invited but few are chosen”. The Jews believed that because they were God’s chosen people that was all that was required to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of God is open to everyone, not only Jews.

d) – The kingdom of heaven is accessible to all, even those who are sinners or stray from God’s path. Jesus teaches that the shepherd searches high and low for his 1 sheep that goes missing and rejoices in his return.

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Answers:

The good shepherd – The kingdom of heaven is accessible to all, even those who are sinners or stray from God’s path. Jesus teaches that the shepherd searches high and low for his 1 sheep that goes missing and rejoices in his return.

Vineyard workers – The landowner then says, “The last will be first and the first will be last.” Those people who consider themselves the most important in the Kingdom of God because of their good deeds will be surprised – this is not how God’s grace works.

A wedding feast – “Many are invited but few are chosen”. The Jews believed that because they were God’s chosen people that was all that was required to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of God is open to everyone, not only Jews.

A dragnet (fishing net) – They sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous.

How many of the parables did you get correct? 

Reader 3:

The parables teach us that…

  • The Kingdom of God is a mystery (it grows secretly).
  • It is present in the lives of those who believe.
  • People respond differently to the message of the Kingdom of God.
  • It begins with Jesus’ words and teachings.
  • The Kingdom of God starts small with the individual and increases to include the whole of society.
  • The Kingdom of God is a future reward.

Matthew’s message about the Kingdom of God was to be of comfort to the early Christians. He tells them not to give up, their faithfulness will be rewarded.

If you have time, have a go at the crossword below and find the words linking to the Kingdom of Heaven parables!

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Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…”

Heavenly Father,

We are co-workers with Jesus. We are his body on earth.

May we continue to do small actions with great love to help build the kingdom of heaven and help others to recognise that they are parts of Christ’s body.

Amen.

Leader/Young person: “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/Young person: “Good morning, 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.”

Today we are going to reflect on the lyrics of a worship song called ‘Build Your Kingdom Here’ by Rend Collective, an Irish folk band.

Listen carefully to the song and write down your favourite line or a line that stands out to you in the song on a piece of paper or your school planners.

 

Discuss the words that you chose as your favourite in the song.

Did you all choose similar words or lots of different ones?

Did any of the words make you think about scripture that you have read?

Why were those words most important to you?

How does the song and its lyrics inspire you to act?

Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we’re made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit, come invade us now
We are Your church
We need Your power in us
We seek Your kingdom first
We hunger and we thirst
Refuse to waste our lives
For You’re our joy and prize
To see the captive hearts released
The hurt, the sick, the poor at peace
We lay down our lives for Heaven’s cause
We are Your church
We pray revive this Earth
Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here
We pray
Unleash Your kingdom’s power
Reaching the near and far
No force of Hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
We are Your church
We are the hope on earth
Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here
We pray

Spend some time in silence as a volunteer reader will read a line or phrase from the song and ask you some questions to think about linked to the phrase…

Unveil why we're made

What is God’s purpose for us?

How are we part of God’s big plan?

We are Your Church

What do you think this means? How are we God’s church?

How can we help the Mission of our church?

Set Your Church on fire

What does it mean to set the Church on fire?

Can you think of any times that this has happened in the scriptures?

Change the atmosphere

What sort of feelings and emotions should we have knowing that we are friends with Jesus Christ?

How can we inspire people to feel full of hope and joy in looking forward to a day when Jesus will welcome them into His Kingdom?

 

Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…”

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/Young person: “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/Young person: “Good morning, 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.”

 

Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…”

“Let us pray our school prayer together…”

Leader/Young person: “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/Young person: “Good morning, 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.”

GOSPEL REFLECTION VIDEO

This week’s Gospel reading is from Christ the King Sunday and our reflection is led by Miss Daniels from The Becket School…

Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…”

God our Father,
We thank you for the gift of your love which you give
to every person in the world. We thank you that
because of your love, we are never alone and should
never feel afraid.
We thank you for the gift of faith which allows us to
know you, one God, three persons. We thank you that
because of that faith, the whole of our lives are
directed to living for other people.
Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our friend and
brother, you show us how to love.
Give us the strength we need, through your Holy Spirit, to live lives of love and
faith. May the world come to know your Son
more and more through our actions and words as we
seek to live lives which help to build your kingdom here on earth.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Amen

Leader/Young person: “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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