Knowledge is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It might sound very simple but you’ll often hear people say “knowledge is power”. This is because when you learn something new you grow as a person.
As we take our first steps to reconnect with the world around us, a very different world (with 2 meters distance!) let us make the most of the opportunity we have in our school community to grow in knowledge, wisdom and faith.
At the Becket School, Christ is at the centre of everything we do and that’s why it is important that we start our day in prayer, knowing that God is with us always.
Hope you have a good week, it’s great to have you back!
The past three months have been very challenging for many of us for lots of reasons! However one thing this time has given us is a greater appreciation of our community- the people we love and the people we have missed having the freedom of seeing whenever we want.
During lockdown over 65 churches and Christian movements came together virtually to show that even though we could not meet physically, we are still very much a Church, united in our faith.
We invite you to watch the video below and as you do, reflect on and pray for the communities you are apart of and have missed during the last three months.
Thank you for the amazing community and school we are so fortunate to be a part of.
May we work hard and make the most of our opportunities in school to learn and grow.
May we be kind and look out for our peers and staff during this challenging time.
We pray that those staff and students who are not with us today are safe and have hope.
…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross
We start our prayer with the sign of the cross…
Many of you will have seen a lot in the news and on social media about George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement and the racial injustice that continues to happen across the world.
We mourn the fact that so many lives are not treated with dignity and justice.
As Christians it is important to remember that Jesus’ teachings of love and compassion to our neighbours are at the heart of everything we do.
Jesus was no stranger to bringing justice to the oppressed. Even in Jesus’ time people were treated differently because of the way they looked, the colour of their skin, where they came from or their religion.
The way that Jesus loved everyone inspires us as a Christian community to be the face of Christ each day.
God specifically made us all different and unique but designed to work together. We hear about this in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians…
Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts.
If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness.
All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 12, 26-27
There is only one race in the world – the human race and that’s the way God made us.
Spend some time thinking about the people who are suffering at the moment and need God’s healing.
We pray for all those who have died, suffered and continue to suffer from racial injustice.
We pray for peace in our world, that this world may be a safe and dignifying home for every life.
Give us the strength and courage to seek justice and always do what is right and not just what is easy.
Through learning, loving, forgiving and understanding, may we seek to bring about change in the world to make it a better place.
…we end our prayer with the sign of the cross
For our full liturgy and resources in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement visit the link below:
God is always alongside us and ready to listen. Anyone can pray, at any time and in any place.
One day Jesus’ disciples said to Jesus, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ (Luke 11.1)
Jesus’ response was simple: he gave them some words to use, the words we know as the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father.
The Our Father is a community prayer. It never uses the words ‘I’ or ‘Me’, it uses the words ‘Our’ and ‘Us’. As we say the Our Father pray for your school community, your form group, your year group, other year groups, all the staff and the priests who support our school.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name; your kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.