Children's Liturgy 05.07.20

Children’s Liturgy – 05.07.20

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

I Will Give You Rest - Radiant Springs Church

  Song: Oh the love of my Lord is the essence

Miralla Ness~As Gentle As Silence.•*¨*•♥ - YouTube

Welcome: Today we hear how Jesus has a special care for all who are working too hard, who are tired, and who are struggling. Let’s think a bit more about this today…

Opening prayer: Caring God, you are there with us in the most difficult times. Help us when we find things hard. Help us to be there for others when they are struggling. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

First reading (optional): Zechariah 9:9-10

Psalm: Psalm 144:1-2, 8-11, 13-14. R. v.1

Gospel acclamation: everyone stands and sings the acclamation together.

Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30

At that time Jesus said, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth! I thank you because you have shown to the unlearned what you have hidden from the wise and learned. Yes, Father, this was how you wanted it to happen.

“My Father has given me all things. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.”

(Gospel passage taken from Good News Translation® and used with permission, see details below*) 

 

Gospel reflection: What do you remember from today’s reading?

Today we hear Jesus calling all people who are working hard, who are tired and struggling to come to him.

Why do you think he does this?

Jesus knows that we all have times when we find life difficult. We all have times when even though we try hard, we can’t do something. We all have times when we are tired, fed up and would like to give up.

Can you think of a time when you have felt like this?

Did anyone help you or comfort you during this time?

Who helped you?

What did they do?

Jesus says his yoke is easy. He does not mean an egg yolk! This yoke is spelled differently. It is a sort of wooden bar that farmers around the world use to make it easier to pull heavy ploughs. So Jesus is saying that he will help us.

Jesus says in today’s reading that he is always there to comfort and support us. That when we are tired or finding things difficult, we can turn to him and find rest.

What do you think that this means?

If we take our worries and the things that we find difficult to Jesus, he will be there for us.

How do you think we can share our worries, or the things we find hard, with Jesus?

We can share our worries in prayer. And we can pray for help during the most difficult times.

How does it make you feel to know that Jesus is there with us when things are hard?

Just knowing that we are not alone can make a big difference when we are finding life hard. God is with us always, when we are alone, but also in the people who help and support us.

So, this week, let’s remember we can turn to God when things are hard. But also, let’s look after others who are finding things difficult and do our best to help them. We can show them that they are not alone by the way we treat them.

There are many ways we can do this. Here are some that we’ve thought of:

Perhaps you could pray for all those who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic across the world.

Video prayer: "Light in the darkest times"

You could take part in our Summer of Hope to raise money so food and clean water reaches some of the poorest families in the world during this global emergency.

You could take food to your local food bank to help those in your community who are struggling to get enough to eat. You could help your grown ups with jobs around the house when they are tired. Or you could send a postcard to someone you know who is sad to help cheer them up.

What other ways to help others can you think of?

             What will you do this week to help someone who is finding life difficult, who is tired or           struggling?

 

Intercessions: You may want to offer your own prayers, or use the suggestions below.

Jesus invites us to go to him when times are hard and so we pray together:

 

We pray for the Church throughout the world: that it may do all that it can to reach out to people who are in need.

Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for all members of our global family who are poor, or who are finding life difficult: may they know that they are not alone and find the help that they need to carry on.

Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may do all we can to help those who are finding life difficult.

Lord, in your mercy…

Closing prayer: God of all, be with us when we find things difficult. Strengthen us as we help each other, so that all people may have hope for the future. Amen.

 

Activity suggestions

F2/KS1 Colour in the picture and write or draw on the back how you will help someone in the coming week who is tired or finding life difficult. F2/KS1 activity

KS2 Write a prayer for the times when you are finding life hard, and for all those members of our global family who are struggling in some way. KS2 activity

 

Discuss at home all that you have heard and thought about during today’s liturgy. If you write a prayer say it together during the week. Look out for people who are finding life difficult in the next week, and do all that you can to help and support them.

 

Be a sign of hope for others who are struggling. Join in with CAFOD’s Summer of Hope: cafod.org.uk/summerofhope

 

See cafod.org.uk/primary for more child-friendly activities.

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