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Thoughts for the Week, from the Chaplain

Week Beginning: 6 July 2020,   This week's theme: A Fresh Start

God gives a hand to those down on their luck, gives a fresh start to those ready to quit. Psalm 145:14

How are you doing? These last few months have been hard, a fresh start is what we all need. Don’t give up, just ask and God will give you a hand. What are some new approaches you are making to life as it is now? 

Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. Psalm 19:12-13

Have you ever had such a bad day that you wished you could start it all over again? How would you feel if someone offered you a fresh start every day? 

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

Thank You Lord for being with us recently and as we step out into the unknown future, Lord we pray that You would be with us.. leading and guiding us.. teaching and drawing us ever closer to each other and to Yourself. 
You are our faithful God Who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Father as we step onto the threshold of a new “normal”, with all that it holds for us, I place my hand into Yours Lord and trust You to lead me along the right way that I should go, for I know that there is no safer place to be than walking side by side with You.
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 


Assemblies and Readings

During the Current School Closure, our daily assembly titles and the readings that we would have shared during the week will also be published below: 

Week beginning 6 July 2020       Theme: A fresh Start​

Tuesday 7th July 2020: Fresh and New, not old. Luke 5:36-38
No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.”

Wednesday 8th July 2020. New Creatures. 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Friday 10th July. Forget the Past. Isaiah 43:18-19
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.


Celtic Circle Prayer

Circle me Father God, Keep love within and hatred without, Keep hope within and despair without, Keep peace within and anxiety without. Circle me Father God, Keep strength within and weakness without, Keep faith within and doubt without, Keep light within and darkness without. Circle me Father God, Surround me with your love, Surround me with your protection, Surround me with your peace.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

O gracious and Holy Father,

Give us wisdom to perceive you,

Diligence to seek you,

Patience to wait for you.

Eyes to behold you.

A heart to meditate on you,

And a life to proclaim you.

Through the power of the Spirit

Of Jesus Christ our Lord,

AMEN