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Welcome back! It’s our last term of the year, the sun is shining and change is in the air! The community is definitely a bit different at the moment; many of us in exams, many of us getting ready to move up and of course we’ve said goodbye to our amazing Yr 11’s and Yr 13’s. Its at times like this that we start to look back at what we’ve done, what we’ve enjoyed and what we’ve achieved. It reminds us how much we have to be grateful for too!

At the start of half term, I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with the young people from the Holy Spirit youth group. (Photos above) They were taking part in Slum Survivor – an opportunity to meet other young people and raise awareness of what life is like in the Slums – a realtiy for millions of people. Speaking to them they thought that gratitude would be a great theme for today. After 36 hours sleeping rough and eating only rice I think we all realised just how much we have to say thank you for!

Monday & Tuesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross

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To make sure that we all get to answer the question have a think about this question/challenge when you’re not in your act of worship!

So your question for today is this:

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Talk it through with each other and if you’re feeling brave share your answer with everyone!

God gives us so many gifts and blessing every day but do we recognise how lucky we are? Maybe today you should try and count all the times you say thank you and see if it matches you answer from the morning!

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to be thankful for what we’ve got. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

How many times have you said ‘thank you’ today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Wednesday (Tuesday for Yr 9!)

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today’s morning prayer is a simple but important one. Have a listen to this amazing song and have a think about what it’s about.

Spend some time as well thinking about what you couldn’t live without – or maybe something that you didn’t realise was important until you didn’t have it any more.

This song reminds us to be grateful every day for the things and especially people who are important to us. If you thought about a person/people during the song then make sure you let them know how grateful you are for them!

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Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to realise how precious the people in our lives are. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

Did you tell someone that you were grateful for them today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Thursday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross

Saying ‘Thank you’ is not difficult but we forget to do it more than we should. Have a look at this video – it has 27 different ways to say thank you. If you’re feeling brave pick a different one each (it should just about work out) and try and use it to say thank you to someone today!

Have a watch then have a practice! You might want to give everyone a number before you start so that you know which ‘Thank you’ is yours to use!

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Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to speak a language of gratitude. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

Has some one said ‘Thank you’ to you today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Friday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross

This story from Luke Gospel is often overlooked but it’s a brilliant example of the importance of a ‘Thank you.’

Read the story and have a think about how Jesus might have felt.

Would you have gone back and said ‘Thank you?’

Luke 17:11-19

On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus went along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men with leprosy came toward him. They stood at a distance and shouted, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

Jesus looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”

On their way they were healed. When one of them discovered that he was healed, he came back, shouting praises to God. He bowed down at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was from the country of Samaria.

Jesus asked, “Weren’t ten men healed? Where are the other nine? Why was this foreigner the only one who came back to thank God?” Then Jesus told the man, “You may get up and go. Your faith has made you well.”

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to be the one who says ‘Thank you’. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

Have you made the effort to say ‘Thank you’ today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.