We all have life choices to make and they are not always easy!
This week we will be thinking about the example that Mary and King Solomon set when they had important life changing decisions to make. We will also be looking at the example of Jesus and thinking about how Jesus’ teaching can guide the decisions that we make.
It can be easy to forget that the choices that we make are our own. Sometimes we can try to follow others so we will be putting that to the test with an activity which asks us to give reasons for our choices. We can also feel as if our lives and futures have already been decided but the lyrics of our song will remind us that our lives are unwritten and the choices that we make will shape who we become.
As you go through the week think about the choices that you make everyday and any of the big life choices that you will face. Will you make your own choices that follow the example of Jesus?
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Ephesians 4: 11-13
Matthew 5: 6-9
2 Chronicles 1: 1, 7-12
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The song for this week is to remind us that we do have a lot of choices in our lives.
It may feel like other people are in control of your life and that you cannot decide any of it yourself but listen to this song and you will discover that this is not the case!
What was your favourite line in the song?
What do you think the message of the song is?
Even if there are some situations where we do not make choices for ourselves there are so many things in our lives that we do have control of. We decide the words that we speak and the way that we behave. Our futures are unwritten and it will be our life choices that decide who we are and where we go.
Take some time to think about the things that you can control and decide about your life and then say this prayer together.
Thank you Lord for giving us the freedom and the independence to choose the path that we will take in our lives.
Help us all to be brave and to make good choices in our lives.
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Look at this picture carefully.
Can you work out what event it shows?
When the Angel Gabriel visited Mary he had big news.
Mary was told that she was going to have a baby that would be the Son of God.
She could have chosen not to believe the Angel Gabriel or to say no to what God had asked her to do but instead she said yes to God’s call.
In October we think about Mary and the example that she sets for us. She showed great courage and great faith in God to trust that the plan that God had for her was the right one
We can’t always see where the path that God has chosen for us will lead to but, like Mary, we must trust that God will watch over us.
A special type of prayer that we use during October is praying the Rosary.
As we pray it together we are praying to God for the things that are special to us and we are asking Mary to pray for us.
You don’t have to have rosary beads to say the rosary, follow the picture below and say a decade of the rosary together in your class. As you pray think about the bravery of Mary and think about the decisions that you have to make about your life.
All the prayers you need are written below.
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.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.
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.
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This week we are going to an activity which involves lots of choices!
Label one side of your classroom “Agree” and the other side of your classroom “Disagree“.
You are going to listen to some statements and then you have 20 seconds to decide if you agree or disagree. When you have decided you must stand on the side of the classroom that represents your views.
When the time is up you will have 2 minutes to come up with 3 reasons that you think you’re on the right side. You can then share your reasons with the other side of the room and see if that convinces them to make a different choice.
Don’t forget these are your choices – you don’t have to follow your friends, make your own choice!
There were some tricky choices to make there and it probably became even more difficult when you heard the reasons why people had made their choices.
Deciding whether to eat healthy food, deciding which career you think is better, choosing which subjects to study and choosing a path that brings more wealth or more joy is not easy but they are all things that we may have to do at some point in our lives.
When we make decisions it is important to know why we have chosen them. We shouldn’t just follow our friends, we should have our own reasons for our own choices.
When we have big choices to make we can turn to the Bible for guidance. These words from Saint Paul to the Ephesians explain that God has a different plan for all of us but that we all have the same mission to be like Jesus:
It was he who “gave gifts to people”; he appointed some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, others to be pastors and teachers. He did this to prepare all God’s people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ. And so we shall all come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God; we shall become mature people, reaching to the very height of Christ’s full stature.
(Ephesians 4: 11-13)
Whatever we choose to do in our lives our choices should be based on our calling to be like Jesus and to show love and forgiveness to everyone.
Help us Lord to make good choices in our lives.
Give us the courage to do the right thing and to follow your call.
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Watch this video to find out why it is important to make good choices.
As the video explained, the person we are right now has been decided by the choices that we have made every day throughout our lives so far. even small decisions can be very important because they could make a big impact on our lives or on the lives of others.
We all want to be happy and to live good lives and Jesus gave us some guidance on how to do this:
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully! “Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them! “Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God! “Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children!
(Matthew 5: 6-9)
When we don’t know whether a choice that we make will make us into happy people that lead good lives all we need to do is to think about the words of Jesus. Ask yourself the question “What would Jesus do?” If you can follow the example of Jesus then you will bring happiness through the love you show to others.
Please help us Jesus to walk in your footsteps and to do what you would do.
Guide us when we have difficult decisions to make.
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This week we are looking at a very big choice that King Solomon had to make when God asked him what he wanted.
A reading from the second book of Chronicles.
Solomon, the son of King David, took firm control of the kingdom of Israel, and the Lord his God blessed him and made him very powerful.
That night God appeared to Solomon and asked, “What would you like me to give you?”
Solomon answered, “You always showed great love for my father David, and now you have let me succeed him as king. O Lord God, fulfil the promise you made to my father. You have made me king over a people who are so many that they cannot be counted, so give me the wisdom and knowledge I need to rule over them. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?”
God replied to Solomon, “You have made the right choice. Instead of asking for wealth or treasure or fame or the death of your enemies or even for long life for yourself, you have asked for wisdom and knowledge so that you can rule my people, over whom I have made you king. I will give you wisdom and knowledge. And in addition, I will give you more wealth, treasure, and fame than any king has ever had before or will ever have again.”
The Word of the Lord.
(Thanks be to God.)
(2 Chronicles 1: 1, 7-12)
Solomon had a big choice to make about his life. He could have chosen many different things that he wanted, such as wealth, fame and a long life but instead, he chose wisdom which is what he needed to rule God’s people.
Sometimes it is easy to choose what we want but the harder choice is to choose the things that we need instead.
Solomon chose wisdom because he needed to be wise to do God’s work. We should follow his example and make life choices that help us to do what God has called each of us to do.
Think about some of the things that you want.
Now think about the things that you need to be the loving people that God has called us to be.
Do these things match?
When we make decisions in our lives we must try to put God first and to put the things that we need above the things that we want.
Help us Lord to choose the things that we need instead of just the things that we want.
Help us to remember that we can grow in wisdom by turning to you.