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What do you think the word joy means? Joy: great happiness or someone or something that brings you great happiness. I wonder what brings you joy?
Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV) ‘For the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Christians find their strength in God, and it is this strength that brings them joy, or great happiness. Knowing they can trust and lean on God for help, guidance, love and support brings them joy.
I wonder who brings you joy? I wonder how you bring joy to others?
I wonder how you can be joyful today and share joy with others? I wonder if you could have a little party at home, play some party games or dance to some music.
Do you ever feel like leaping with joy like the person in the picture? Many people in the Bible leapt with joy after meeting and being healed by Jesus. Think about a time when you have been really joyful and happy. What made it such a joyful time?
Some families are making lists of things that bring them joy, things that they want to do when lockdown is over. What things would you put in your jar? Why don’t you start one with your family? Why not send your teacher a photo of your jar and write about one of the things inside it!
This Bible verse is often said as a prayer over people. I wonder who might need God to fill them with joy today. Talk to God and ask him to fill those you are thinking about with joy and peace.
Romans 15:13 May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace.
This week's worship has two parts - being a good friend, and later in the week we will think about VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) remembering the end of World War 2.
How can we be a good friend?
The Bible reminds us that being a friend is one of the most important things we can do.
Proverbs 18:24 "Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family."
The Bible encourages people to stick by others and care for them as you would your family.
Philippians 2:4 (Good News Translation) ‘And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own’.
How are you being a good friend during the lockdown? Why not share what you've been doing with me on the contact form below?
Tell Mr Clark how you've been keeping in contact with friends? What have you been doing to be a good friend?
Many people in the world are feeling very sad and worried about the Corona virus. I wonder how you are feeling about it? It is ok to feel sad and worried. Talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling. It is good to share your feelings with others.
Something I try to do when I am feeling sad or worried is to remember all the things I have in my life that I am thankful for. It can help me to feel less upset or anxious. So far since lockdown, I've been thankful for:
my family, my parents, our house, sunny days, the willow and cherry blossom tree at school, the Thursday clap for carers, the lake near our house where we've been watching a coot build its nest, love, even the internet so that we can all stay in touch!
I wonder how many things you are thankful for? How many can you name in 1 minute? Your family, your house, your friends, the food you have eaten, the bed you slept it, your toys …..
What else can you think of? As you think about these things, you might like to say a thank you prayer to God.
You might even think this is a good idea to try!
This is a prayer written by Saint Francis - and it's all about peace. The children are singing it in the video above.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Some of the words are quite grown up - I wonder if some our older children might be able to look up some of the harder words and what they mean in a dictionary, and then write a version we can all use and understand. You could send your prayer to your class teacher on their email address.
Equally you can think about how you can be a channel of peace and someone who shines light in darkness at home. What are the things you can do to help at home?