Life wasn’t easy for the disciples even after the resurrection. They faced challenges every day – but they didn’t give up. They were committed to their mission.

We face trials every day we have to inspire each other to stay committed and to face the challenges head on.

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    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    Join Tom from the Briars with live guests and prayer every Monday morning at 9:30am, to help us stay connected and start our week in a positive way. If you miss the live stream you can still catch up on NDCYS Live YouTube channel.

    This week you will be set a new missionary discipleship task, complete it and send it to Vicki: mullen.v@allsaints.notts.sch.uk for it to feature on ‘Friday Night Live’.

    Hit subscribe and set a reminder for every Monday! We’ll see you there 🙂

    As Christians we are encouraged to be ‘Missionary Disciples’ which means to go out in the world and actively spread the good news.

    However, at the moment we are living very different times to normal, by staying home and not going out into the world we are saving lives and keeping ourselves and the people around us safe.

    So how can we be Missionary Disciples from our homes?

    Even though our Churches are closed, we can still be the Church. Even though we must stay at home and social distance, there are still ways we can keep connected and spread the Good News.

    Another way in which we can be a Missionary Disciple, is by worshiping God and putting time aside in our day to pray and talk to God. We can talk to God about anything. We can tell him what we are thankful for, we can tell him what we are sorry for, we can ask for his help and guidance when we are struggling or not sure what to do.

    We know that Jesus’ disciples did not always find it easy to follow Jesus. Similarly, it is not always easy for us to follow Jesus and do the right thing or put our trust in him when so many upsetting things are happening in the world. But in the Gospel readings, Jesus asks us to put our trust in him. Jesus is with us through everything and we can find great hope and support in knowing that he is by our sides through this difficult time.

    We invite you to listen to the song below. As Missionary Disciples of Christ we choose to worship and be a follower of Christ. How can we take this choice and take it to the next step? How can we share it and spread it with people near and far?

    As you listen to the song we invite to think of one person who needs your prayers.

    The band below are called Rend Collective, an Irish worship band who are often travelling the world being Missionary Disciples by sharing their music, faith and the Good News! Even in lock down they have found a way to come together, worship and share their faith with people across the world.

    How can we share our faith and the Good News during our time at home?

    Your Mission!

    As you played the song, you were invited to pray for someone. Your mission is to send this song to the person you prayed for- let this person know that you are thinking and praying for them. By passing on the Good News you are being a Missionary Disciple.

    There are so many ways we can stay connected in our homes and continue to share the Good News! Be creative and let us know in the comments below what you are doing to spread the Good News this Easter Season. Christ is risen!

    An incredible example of a Missionary Disciple is Saint Francis of Assisi. He gave his whole heart and life to following Jesus. We join together by saying Saint Francis of Assisi’s prayer, as we ask for God’s strength and guidance.

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love
    Where there is injury, pardon
    Where there is doubt, faith
    Where there is despair, hope
    Where there is darkness, light
    And where there is sadness, joy
    O Divine Master, grant that I may
    Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
    To be understood, as to understand
    To be loved, as to love
    For it is in giving that we receive
    And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
    And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
    Amen

    We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    Let us start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

    During Easter tide we celebrate how special our faith is. We are running the Scripture Art House Competition and the deadline has been extended until the 15th May!

    Today, we would like you to choose a piece of scripture and create some art work with it. This is a great activity to celebrate and explore our faith through scripture. Once you have finished please send it to my work email.

    • mullen.v@allsaints.notts.sch.uk

    If you are struggling for ideas for scripture here are a few useful links:

    Open Bible: https://www.openbible.info/topics/

    Bible Gateway: https://www.biblegateway.com/

    There are loads of scripture art inspiration online! Play some music as you do this and get creative!

    The Word

    A reading from the book of Psalms.

    Praise the Lord!

    Praise God in his Temple!
        Praise his strength in heaven!
    Praise him for the mighty things he has done.
        Praise his supreme greatness.

    Praise him with trumpets.
        Praise him with harps and lyres.
    Praise him with drums and dancing.
        Praise him with harps and flutes.
    Praise him with cymbals.
        Praise him with loud cymbals.
    Praise the Lord, all living creatures!

    PRAISE THE LORD!
    THE WORD OF THE LORD

    You might not have trumpets, harps, drums or cymbals, but we can show praise and give thanks to God in many ways. Tag us in your scripture art and nominate someone else to do the same to share the Good News.

    LORD JESUS,
    WHEN YOU WALKED WITH US ON EARTH
    YOU SPREAD YOUR HEALING POWER.
    WE PLACE IN YOUR LOVING CARE
    ALL WHO ARE AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS.
    KEEP US STRONG IN FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE.
    BRING RELIEF TO OUR SICK,
    CONSOLE OUR BEREAVED,
    PROTECT THOSE WHO CARE FOR US.
    WE LIFT OUR PRAYER TO YOU LORD,
    AND TRUST IN YOUR INFINITE MERCY,
    AS WE WAIT FOR THE DAYBREAK.
    AMEN.

     

    Mission:

    Your mission is to spend some time creating art with scripture and submit an entry!

     

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    Every Wednesday The Briars Youth Service are leading us through a series called ‘Making sense of it all’.

    During this uncertain time, it can be easy to get worked up and anxious about what is happening in the world. Now we have entered the season of Easter and that’s all about being joyful and giving praise and thanks to the Lord- how can we marry these two emotions together?

    Watch the video below and think about how we can find joy in these difficult circumstances? As Christians, as how can we be the joy in other people’s lives who are struggling?

    Although our routines and where we spend our time are very different, we are still the same people and we have the same needs to keep connected with one another, to love and look after one another.

    Think about how you can bring joy to someones life today or for the rest of the week. This doesn’t have to be something enormous, sometimes the small acts of kindness can bring about the most joy.

     

     

    Heavenly father, I am your humble servant,
    I come before you today in need of hope.
    There are times when I feel helpless,
    There are times when I feel weak.
    I pray for hope.
    I need hope for a better future.
    I need hope for a better life.
    I need hope for love and kindness.
    Some say that the sky is at it’s
    darkest just before the light.
    I pray that this is true, for all seems dark.
    I need your light, Lord, in every way.
    I pray to be filled with your light from
    head to toe. To bask in your glory.
    To know that all is right in the world,
    as you have planned, and as you want
    it to be.
    Help me to walk in your light, and live
    my life in faith and glory.
    In your name I pray, Amen.

     

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    Don’t forget to submit your missionary discipleship work to feature in tomorrows ‘Friday Night Live’ with Naomi!

    Lets take sometime to relax and reflect on the Word as I lead you in Lectio Divina:

    God never promised us life would be easy, but He does promise that He is bigger than any storm we face in this world:

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    In this video we see many different titles that we use for Jesus in our faith, but how often do we give ourselves those titles and realise that we too need to reflect the work of Jesus as disciples of Christ?

    How can you…

    … be entirely sincere?

    … give strength to the weak?

    … serve the unfortunate?

    Disciples don’t just listen to these things, they live by them. How will you know your saviour today? Comments below 🙂

    Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”

    MATTHEW 28:18-20

     

    This piece of scripture is also known as The Great Commission. They are the last words that Jesus speaks before he ascends into Heaven, and they are spoken to his disciples on Mount Galilee.

    But the Great Commission was not meant only for those first disciples of Jesus. The language it uses shows us that it is also the mission of all believers in every place and in every age of history. The Great Commission therefore defines the mission of the Church.

    Long before buisnesses and organisations started having mission statements, Jesus already gave the Church this mission statement, and it hasn’t changed in the last 2,000 years.

    Have a think today about our mission as disciples, and how you fulfil that in your daily life. Comment below how your form are going to be the best disciples you can be!

     

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    Every week Issie (Lay chaplain at Trinity and Catherine McAuley Hub) is going to teach you a new song!

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

     

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