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Thoughts for the Week, from the Chaplain

Week Beginning 16th March 2020

This week's theme :Saint & Service

 

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others. 1 Peter 4:10

Saints are ordinary people who help others, what can you do to help those around you? What gifts do you have that can benefit those around you? Are you willing to serve others, to help everyone no matter their background, status, creed, ethnicity, gender?

Honour one another above yourselves.   Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:9b,13

How hospitable are you? How willing are you to share with others even when you don’t have much? Why is that? Do you view others above yourself? Why/why not? Do you need to change your attitude to a more saintly one?

Prayer for this week Additional Prayer for difficult times The School Prayer

Father,
Allow me to serve others with a joyful heart; never keeping score; always giving; never expecting to receive.

Allow me to give of myself, to give of my talents and of my goods, to give of my time and of my energy, to give of my heart and of my soul just as your Saints did.

Help me understand the needs of others, never criticizing, never demeaning, never scolding, never condemning.

You have been so gracious to me, always loving, always forgiving, always restoring, never gloating over my defeats, even when I have been so wrong.

Lord God please keep a condemning spirit away from my heart, my mind and my speech.
Allow me to serve others as You serve, with gentleness, compassion, and tenderness, never diminishing the worth of another, choosing to treat others as Saints just as you treat me as a Saint.

Amen.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Eternal God,
Help us through our duty to you
To love our neighbour,
To care for others,
To do our best for and in school,
To work for the common good of our community,
And to care for ourselves as we serve you.

Amen 

Prayers and resources booklet for this difficult time and a message from Julie Bowen, School Chaplain

Dear readers,

Together with other clergy I have put together this booklet for my congregation that offers some prayers, liturgy and Bible readings as well as where to turn for spiritual programming during this difficult time. 

Please take care of yourselves and your families, keep an eye out for neighbours and as we are unable to visit the phone is a valuable tool for contact especially with the elderly.

The following is an old Irish blessing which I am praying for you all at this time:

Love and blessings to you all,
Julie

May the road rise up to meet you. 
May the wind be always at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face; 
May the rains fall soft upon your fields 
and until we meet again, 
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.