We will all be called by God to do a special job that He has planned for us. Some of us may already know our calling whereas it may take some people many years to work out what God’s call is for them.
This week’s song will help us to think about the different ways in which we can be called and we will test out different ways of calling others in our Action and our Scripture Resource.
Our Video will help us to understand the belief and the determination that we may need to do the challenging things that we are sometimes called to do and then our Picture will help us to see how wonderful and inspiring it can be to be brave and follow the call that God has given us.
2 Timothy 1:9
1 Samuel 3: 3-10, 19
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When we are called it isn’t always a voice speaking out to us. It may be a feeling in our heart or our gut that is telling us to choose a certain way of life and to walk down a certain path.
No matter how we are called there are lots of ways of communicating with God and one of them is by singing!
Listen to this song about being open to God and listening for God’s call.
This is a great song to use when we pray and talk to God because it is asking to see God and to hold God in our hearts.
Using the words below, or by creating your own actions, join in and use this song as your prayer today.
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see you
I want to see you
To see you high and lifted up
Shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
(As we sing) Holy, holy, holy
I want to see you
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On Thursday 1st November it is the feast of All Saints. This is where we celebrate all of the Saints, known and unknown, and thank God for their faith and their lives.
The Saints are examples to us of people who followed their calling from God, and although many of them found it tricky along the way they dedicated their lives to God and served God’s people as best they could.
All of our schools are named after Saints and Holy men and women and we all belong to School Houses which are also named after Saints.
Do you recognise any of the Saints in the picture above?
Who is your School or House Saint? How did they answer their calling from God?
Who is your favourite Saint? Which Saint’s story do you find most interesting and inspiring?
Share the interesting facts that you know about Saints with others in your Class.
You could go away and research some different Saints and then share this new knowledge with your Class later on in the week.
Many of the Saints struggled with their calling from God and had a very difficult life and a tragic death because of their faith. We must remember their lives as we go about our own lives and try to lead them with the same faith, dedication and courage as they did.
Thank you for Saints who come in all shapes and sizes.
At times we can all behave in a saintly manner, by being kind, putting others first, or helping someone in need.
Help us to inspire and to encourage each other.
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Today we are going to play a game which is all about working out the message in your calling.
You will need to send one person out of the classroom whilst the rest of you get ready.
Decide on a message/ theme.
Each person needs to choose one word which relates to that theme. For example, if the theme was football you could use out the words “referee”, “goal” or “penalty” but you couldn’t use the word “football” because that would give away the answer!
When you have decided on your theme and your words, invite the chosen person back into the classroom.
Choose whether you are going to shout or whisper.
After 3, 2, 1…. you must all shout or whisper the word you have chosen. The person at the front must then try to guess the theme that you chose. You can try a few times if they are finding it tricky!
Click below for some theme ideas but make sure you cover them up before the person returns to to the classroom!!
Hopefully you managed to hear the true meaning and message amongst all of the noise!
Hearing God’s call can be difficult when there is so much going on around us but we need to try to take a step back and think about what we believe God is calling us to do.
Help us Lord to hear your call amongst the noise in our busy lives.
Help us to have faith and to trust in what you call us to do.
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When we are called and asked to do something we may struggle to believe in ourselves and struggle with the confidence to rise to the challenge.
In this clip a boy called Arthur has all eyes on him and must try to complete a seemingly impossible task. Watch carefully to see how his belief changes everything.
Once we believe in ourselves and trust God to guide us and to help us then there is nothing that can stand in our way.
Our faith and our belief in ourselves will shine out and others will follow our example and will believe too.
Think about the times when you lack confidence and don’t believe in yourself.
What helps you to get your confidence back?
How do you respond when you are asked to do something challenging?
When you are lacking in confidence remember the prayer that the prophet Jeremiah prayed when he felt that the task before him was too big:
Lord, you are the one who protects me and gives me strength; you help me in times of trouble…
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Watch the video and read the scripture below to hear how a boy named Samuel was called by God.
A reading from the first book of Samuel.
Samuel was sleeping in the sanctuary, where the sacred Covenant Box was. Before dawn, while the lamp was still burning, the Lord called Samuel. He answered, “Yes, sir!” and ran to Eli and said, “You called me, and here I am.”
But Eli answered, “I didn’t call you; go back to bed.” So Samuel went back to bed.
The Lord called Samuel again. The boy did not know that it was the Lord, because theLord had never spoken to him before. So he got up, went to Eli, and said, “You called me, and here I am.”
But Eli answered, “My son, I didn’t call you; go back to bed.”
The Lord called Samuel a third time; he got up, went to Eli, and said, “You called me, and here I am.”
Then Eli realized that it was the Lord who was calling the boy, so he said to him, “Go back to bed; and if he calls you again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed.
The Lord came and stood there, and called as he had before, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak; your servant is listening.”
As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and made come true everything that Samuel said.
The Word of the Lord.
(Thanks be to God.)
(1 Samuel 3: 3-10, 19)
When God called Samuel he was ready to listen because Samuel didn’t have many of the distractions that we do today.
If we were trying to give someone a message today then it might get through to them better if we sent a text or an email or left them a voicemail message on their phone!
Retell the story of God calling Samuel for the modern day.
Would God text, call or email Samuel?
How would Samuel react to God’s call?
You could prepare a role play, write a story, draw a story board or even make puppets and put on a puppet show to tell the story – it’s up to you!