Week Beginning 30 March 2020
This week's theme :The Easter Story
Judas, the one who betrayed him, realised that Jesus was doomed. Overcome with remorse, he gave back the thirty silver coins to the high priests, saying, “I've sinned. I've betrayed an innocent man.” Matthew 27:3-4
Have you ever done something really bad and then regretted it afterwards? Why is it better to own up than to keep quiet about it? Everything can be dealt with, what can you do to try and make things right?
He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we are healed. God has piled all our sins, everything we've done wrong, on Him. Isaiah 53:5-6
If somebody did that for you, how would/should you respond? Are you willing to say sorry for all you have done wrong? Why/why not?
Psalm 33:22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
When we say, “I hope my team wins this Saturday,” it’s both a wish and a prayer. But when we say, “God gives me hope for the future,” that is confident assurance in the promises of the God who has never failed us. We all hope for a long life, lasting relationships, good health, and happiness. Yet we know, and are currently experiencing, that in a matter of moments life can be turned upside down and inside out, and it can feel like our hopes are dashed. For the people of God, hope is drawn from a deeper well. As the psalmist explains, we cannot rely on our own armies, our own resources, our own Government, to deliver us. The wonderful and encouraging image in the Psalms is that of the God whose eyes are locked on us, whose love never fails, who is our help and shield even in the midst of unprecedented times such as these. Of course, sometimes our hope falters as we face troubles, but God paints, and unfailingly promises, a positive picture of our forever future. When our hope and trust are firmly connected to our unchangeable God, we know deep in our souls that God’s love will sustain us through this life and into eternity. This means that even if our struggles continue, change or return, our hope in God remains. This kind of hope is irresistible, and it needs sharing with people, we have a hope and we need to tell others about it. Maybe you know someone who needs to hear these words of hope today, the Lord sees you, loves you, and will sustain you.
|Prayer for this week||Additional Prayer for difficult times||The School Prayer|
Keep us, good Lord,
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
Prayers and resources booklet for this difficult time and a message from Julie Bowen, School Chaplain
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,
May the road rise up to meet you.