This week our Word of the Week is Reverence. This is a very strange word that we don’t hear a lot. It means “having a deep respect for God.” Respect is all about how you behave around someone and treating them well because of who they are.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Our Church

When we go into a place of worship like our church we show reverence. Think about the way you act when you go to church. You are quiet, you shouldn’t eat or drink in there, you show respect and reverence because it is a special place.

Take a look at this bible passage and afterwards talk about how the people were NOT showing reverence and why Jesus got angry.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (21:12-17)

Jesus went into the temple courtyard and threw out everyone who was buying and selling there. He overturned the money changers’ tables and the chairs of those who sold pigeons. He told them, “Scripture says, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you’re turning it into a gathering place for thieves!”

Blind and lame people came to him in the temple courtyard, and he healed them.

When the chief priests and the experts in Moses’ Teachings saw the amazing miracles he performed and the children shouting in the temple courtyard, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were irritated. They said to him, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”

Jesus replied, “Yes, I do. Have you never read, ‘From the mouths of little children and infants, you have created praise’?”

He left them and went out of the city to Bethany and spent the night there.

The Gospel of the Lord.

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Every day we make the sign of the cross as an act of reverence or respect for God. But why? Find out in the videos:

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When we make the sign of the cross we show reverence to all 3 persons of the Trinity:

As we touch our head we remember God the Father and recognise that we began as just a thought in God’s head.

As we touch our hearts we remember God the Son and recall how He has taught us to love others.

As we touch our shoulders we remember God the Holy Spirit and realise that, in everything, we do we are carried on the shoulders of the Holy Spirit and are not alone.

Finally, as we join our hands at the end and say ‘Amen‘ we show our belief and reverence for the Holy Trinity – one God in 3 persons and this helps us to enter into prayer, or the next part of our day, remembering that we are not alone and that we are loved.

As we end our Act of Worship today, make the sign of the cross more slowly and really think about the way in which you show reverence to God through this small act.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today’s song is Here I am To Worship! It’s a lovely song, and once again Issie will teach you it on Friday. The song is about going to God to say thank you to Him, which is important so that we show Him respect.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today we have a task for you that’s been set by NDCYS and the Lead Lay Chaplains! Try discussing ideas at school and then going home and joining in.
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We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

(Video coming soon, in the meantime, the link below takes you to the series so that you can see a little what the videos are like.)

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

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