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Courage is something we will all need to find in our lives. You may need the courage to face an exam or test, or maybe you’ll need the courage to say sorry and to seek forgiveness. The Holy Spirit can give us courage when we need it the most, so think about the times and places where you need courage at the moment and ask God to help you find that courage and move forward.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

When might you have to show courage?

We pray that the Holy Spirit will help us to show courage in times of need and will strengthen us to do God’s work. Amen.

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Many people will have heard some of the many anthems that have given courage to the teams playing in the World Cup this year.

As followers of Jesus there are many songs that inspire that same hope and courage in all of us.

Listen to this song by the worship band Rend Collective. As you listen pick out a lyric that stands out to you and makes you think about the courage that we have in the love and power of our God.

Share your chosen lyrics, and your thoughts on it, in the comments box below!

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

So far this week we have reflected on courage but we may not yet have had to show any!

Remembering the words of scripture below, chose a way to show courage this morning:

1. Close your eyes for a minute without peeking (it’s harder than you think!)

2. Stand up in front of your form and tell them 3 interesting facts about you

3. Talk to someone you don’t usually talk to

4. Share something that you are worried about and take courage from the words of your friends

5. Share a time when your faith has given you the courage to do something.

I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

As always we take time in our week to listen to Sunday’s Gospel.

This week we have a familiar face in an unfamiliar scene – Mr Felstead is sharing Sunday’s Gospel from Bunkpurugu in Ghana!

Have you encountered any new experiences this week where you had to show courage?

We end with the Sign of the Cross.