Thoughts for the Week
...from the Chaplain
Week Beginning: 28 November 2022. Theme: An Olavian is Responsible
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. Galatians 6:7
Plan out how you are going to take responsibility for your school life, both work and co-curricular; for wellbeing and for showing care to others each week. Set yourself personal accountability for your thoughts, words and deeds.
Jesus said: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them. Don’t expect a reward if you only help those who help you? Luke 6:31-33
What rule does Jesus offer as a model for behaving responsibly? Are you prepared to try it this week? Why might it be difficult? Do you only help others because of the reward it may bring? Why/why not?
|Prayer for this week|
Give me a sense of responsibility: to myself, that I may never waste the gifts which you have given to me; to my parents, to try to repay them for all the love and the care they have given to me; to my teachers, that all their patient teaching of me may not be for nothing; to my friends, that I may never disappoint them, to the world, that I may put into life more than I take out; to You, O Lord, that I may always remember that You loved me and gave yourself for me. May I have a sense of responsibility to those who have gone before me, So that I may never forget what my freedom and liberty cost.
Assemblies and Readings
During the current situation, and social distancing restrictions, virtual assemblies will be held during afternoon registration on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and where appropriate associated digital materials shared with students will be published below.
Special message from Julie Bowen, School Chaplain - Covid 19
Together with other clergy I have put together this booklet for my congregation that offers some prayers, liturgy and Bible readings as well as where to turn for spiritual programming during this difficult time.
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.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
May the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Our School Prayer
Help us through our duty to you
To love our neighbour,
To care for others,
To do our best for and in school,
To work for the common good of our community,
And to care for ourselves as we serve you.
Additional prayers for difficult times
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Celtic Circle Prayer
Circle me Father God, Keep love within and hatred without, Keep hope within and despair without, Keep peace within and anxiety without. Circle me Father God, Keep strength within and weakness without, Keep faith within and doubt without, Keep light within and darkness without. Circle me Father God, Surround me with your love, Surround me with your protection, Surround me with your peace.