It’s the last week week of term – kind of! This week is a big week for many people in our community. It’s the last week of their academic year and as such it’s a time to look back at just how far all of us have come in the last year or so. It’s also a time to reflect on what we would do differently and think ahead as to how were going to make this new year one to remember!

Above all this week is about deciding how we spend our time and making the right choices to use the gift of opportunity we are given every single day.

Monday & Tuesday

 

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We Start with the Sign of the Cross

To make sure that we all get to answer the question have a think about this question/challenge when you’re not in your act of worship!

Looking back at what we’ve achieved during our time this year is important and it’s important to be proud of what you’ve done – read this quote from St Paul’s letter to the Galations, chapter 6:

My friends, you are spiritual. So if someone is trapped in sin, you should gently lead that person back to the right path. But watch out, and don’t be tempted yourself. 2 You obey the law of Christ when you offer each other a helping hand.  3 If you think you are better than others, when you really aren’t, you are wrong. 4 Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others. 5 We each must carry our own load. 6 Share every good thing you have with anyone who teaches you what God has said. 7 You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant. 8 If you follow your selfish desires, you will harvest destruction, but if you follow the Spirit, you will harvest eternal life. 9 Don’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up. 10 We should help people whenever we can, especially if they are followers of the Lord.

We should not look at others to see if we are successful, but instead look at our own work and what we’ve done. This leads us to our question for the week:

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Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to recognise what we have done well. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Are you proud of something you’ve done today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Wednesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Being proud of how we spend our time is so important, but so is looking back at the things we’d change. I think there are some times we all wish we could go back in a time machine and change something about the past! Someone very wise apparently once said:

“You can’t walk through life facing backwards”

So for your AoW this morning your job is to listen to this song and think about living in the moment and rather than dwelling on past mistakes – think about what you can do with the moment you’re living in. Can you use it to make the world a better place, to make someone happy, or simply to make something you’re proud of?

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Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to make the most of the moments we are given. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

What was the best moment of your day?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Thursday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to think about all the stuff you’ve got to do. We get scared by massive to-do lists or loads of people asking us to do things for them. Actually all it comes down to is a decision. What to do with the time we are given. The video shows 2 really important things about the those tasks we have to complete in life.

The first: that sometimes we can find it difficult to do the right thing and if we can we have to choose to do it, even though it’s hard.

The second: that sometimes the most important thing we can do with our time is give it to other people and make sacrifices for those people that we love.

Frodo is scared but knows he has to go on with his Journey and Sam knows that he needs to give his time to Frodo and by doing so must make personal sacrifices.

Think about the things that are difficult, but you know you have to do and also think about the people that give their time for you so that you can achieve them.

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Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to make the right choices about the time that is given to us. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

Has some one given their time for you today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Friday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross

For our scripture reflection this week were are going to look at a famous piece of scripture about time. This week we’ve been thinking  about what we’ve been doing with our time and this piece helps us remember that the time we are given is a gift from God. Our job is to decide what to do with the time we have left.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

What gain have the workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover, he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. I know that whatever God does endures for ever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by.

Think about how you are going to use your time as your new year begins.

Morning Prayer: Lord, help to make the most of the gifts you give us’. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

Have you used your time well today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

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