Missionary Discipleship

We are called to be an outward looking Church – spreading the Good News just as Mary Magdalene did on that Easter morning. Pope Francis tell us that we should not look in on ourselves but instead take the Joy of the Gospel out to those people who need to hear it. This doesn’t mean just shouting bible passages at people in the street it means living our life in a way that reflects our scripture and shows people the very best of what our Church is all about.

 

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’s ‘Word of the Week’ video comes from the Year 7 chaplaincy team at Trinity!

Let us pray…

Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
help us to “go out to the whole world and proclaim”
our faith with confidence.
Give us the courage to witness to the Joy of the Gospel
by our words and actions. 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.

Today we are going to think about the stages of becoming a Missionary Disciple. Fr Mark explores nine different areas of our live that we might need to become better at in order to live as Missionary Disciples. Start the video from 1:30 to go straight to these.

 

 

So the nine things that Fr Mark talks about are:

Relationship, Conversion, Being Grounded, Discerning, Holiness, Worship, Community, Others and Evangelisation.

Of these, which do you feel as a form is the hardest to achieve, or is the one that you find hardest to engage with?

Talk about why you find these difficult, can you help each other to make these easier?

Let us know in the comments which you find difficult.

Let us pray:

Father, You invite each of us to share in the life and ministry of your Son, Jesus.

Send your Holy Spirit to form us as a community of missionary disciples.

Teach us how to hear Jesus, to love Jesus, and to share your gift of salvation with everyone we meet.

Through the witness and intercession of Mary, guide me to deepen my commitment as a disciple of Jesus.

Lead our parish to grow as an intentional community, committed to go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.

We ask these blessings in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

Let us pray…

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and fill the hearts of your people with a burning desire to follow Jesus, to be his missionary disciples.

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.

While listening to the song that is below, reflect on some of these questions to do with Missionary Discipleship:
How have you prioritized a relationship with Jesus in your life?
What gets in the way of nurturing your relationship with Jesus?
Where do you recognize Jesus in your day-to-day life?
When have you lost sight of Christ in your day-to-day life?
How do you reveal the face of Christ to others in your life?
When have your actions or words not revealed the love of Christ to others?
How can you better imitate Christ in your life?

Let us pray…

Fill us with a true love of neighbour. May we seek opportunities for reconciliation, and with big hearts serve those in need; for in serving them, we know we are serving your Son.

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.

One of the best examples of a person being a missionary disciple is St Paul’s works in the book of Acts. He visited many different communities to try and spread the good news of Jesus’ love to people. However, what was it like for the apostle Paul to travel around the Roman Empire announcing the good news about the risen Jesus? What drove him to plant new Jesus communities in city after city, and how did people respond to his message? In this video on the book of Acts, we can explore all of this and more.

Pope Francis reminds us, “in virtue of our baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples”, this is regardless of our job, state of life or position in the Church. When we think of a ‘missionary’ we may think of someone who preaches the Gospel in the developing world but Pope Francis calls us to home mission, within our workplace and in our families. He reminds us, “every Christian is a missionary to the extent that they have encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus”, like the first disciples, after receiving the love of God, let us go out to tell others of that love.

Let us pray…

We pray for the courage to go out to others, even if that is the people around, and tell them of the joy and freedom that following Jesus brings.

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.

For this week’s scripture video, let’s watch the Extra-Ordo-Nary from NDCYS!

As missionary disciples we have to remember to hold strong in our faith even in times when we cannot see or feel God in our life. Like Thomas, there may be moments when we doubt or struggle, but that call to believe and trust in God should always prevail. Talk to the person next to you about times when you have struggled to believe in God. What made you come back to Him? Was it another event, or did it just take time? If you’re feeling brave, let us know some examples in the comments below.

 

Let us pray together:

Father, even the disciples that walked with Jesus needed to strengthen their faith. Jesus told them if their faith was only the size of a mustard seed, they could uproot trees and crumble mountains. Lord, I need more faith like the disciples. Increase my faith and make me a mover of mountains. Grow my belief in You alone so that I would be strong in the Lord and ready to battle against the doubts planted by the enemy. Lord, increase my faith. 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.

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