Firstly, Ruth and Joe (our school chaplains) have a special message for you at home!
Today is Thursday and if we were in school, FS and KS1 would be having a liturgy with Ruth, Joe and the Year 2 Liturgy Leaders. They might even have some helpers from the Year 6 Liturgy Team too!
Although we are far apart, we still try to be big family and share our faith together.
Below is a liturgy plan which you can use with your family at home. This liturgy can be used by children from any year group. You may be inspired to change to change this plan and do the liturgy a little differently at home – see where your faith takes you.
Before you gather together, prepare your liturgy focus. Some things you might want to put on your focus are: a white cloth, a cross, a Bible and a candle. Please ask an adult before finding any of these resources. Don’t worry if you can’t find all of them; just prepare a quiet, calm space ready for your family.
Gather your family together and listen to this hymn. Take a few moments to clear your mind of any worries or stresses and think about the words of the song.
When you are ready to begin, start your liturgy by making the Sign of the Cross.
Reader: Today, our liturgy is all about vocation. As Ms Chapman said in Monday’s assembly, vocation is all about being called to do something.
Choose someone in your family to read the scripture. As they read it, think about what the scripture is calling us to do. How does it make you feel? What does it inspire you to do?
Reader: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
(Glory to you O Lord)
I tell you the truth. He who believes in me will do the same things that I do. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. And if you ask for anything in my name, I will do it for you. Then the Father’s glory will be shown through the Son. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.
“If you love me, you will do the things I command. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper. He will give you this Helper to be with you forever. The Helper is the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it does not see him or know him. But you know him. He lives with you and he will be in you.
The Gospel of the Lord
(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ)
Reader: This scripture tells us what Jesus told his disciples before he went back to his Father in Heaven. Jesus told them they had a very special job to do: they needed to spread the Good News and follow the calling of the Holy Spirit. How can you spread the Good News of God’s love? How can you respond to the calling of the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit inspire us in our hearts?
Let’s now take some time to respond to the scripture. Find a little piece of paper and a pencil or pen for each member of your family. Ask them to draw or write down what God has called them to do.
Reader: Think about what God has called us to do during this time of lock-down. Have you been called to look after your family? Have you been called to make people laugh and keep their spirits up? Have you been called to help your siblings with their home-learning? Have you been called to support someone in your local community?
Write down or draw a picture of your calling.
Reader: Put your faith into action this week by thinking about what God has called you to do. How can you serve others? How can you serve God?
Here are a few ways you could answer God’s call:
Serve your family by helping to cook the dinner or clean up dinner afterwards.
Read your brother or sister a story.
Call or send a letter to someone who might be lonely.
Act as Missionary Disciples and follow your calling this week. Take some quiet time to let God speak to you through prayer and see what He is calling you do. What goodness can you spread this week?
Let’s end our liturgy with the Sign of the Cross.