(Note to adults – the collective worship today includes reference to the loss of family/friends during the pandemic. You may wish to review (or adjust) the content before using with your child.)
Welcome. It's Thursday, 4th June 2020.
It’s Mr Keep here. Good morning, everyone. May the Lord be with you.
We are Bishop Ridley, we are One Community, Learning & Growing Together, Sharing the Love of God.
Our song for today is called 10,000 Reasons. I have shared this previously during the lock down and I hope that you enjoy joining in with the words.
Our Bible story for today is from Acts 1:9-11 New International Version (NIV)
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Our thought for today
These verses are the account of Jesus saying goodbye to his disciples and returning to be with God the Father.
Over the past couple of months, many of us, adults and children, will have heard news stories about people dying. And sadly, many of us will have experienced death and loss, perhaps in our family or in our wider group of friends.
It is not always easy to talk about people dying and can make us feel very sad and upset. This is very natural and unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has meant that lots of us have had to deal with these feelings.
In The Bible, Jesus’ death is explained and the Bible then tells that he miraculously rose again at Easter. During this time, he appeared to the disciples on a number of occasions until the event called the ascension (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcFw8pLBSIo).
These events gave the disciples a chance to say goodbye to Jesus, but we do not always get the chance to say goodbye to friends and family.
This picture is called Journey to Hope by Primrose Northrop. I wonder how the characters might be feeling?
I wonder what you would say to the people in the front of the picture?
Why do you think there might be a path in the picture?
Our reflection for today:
During our reflection time today, you might like to take a few moments to thank God for people you have know who have died. It might be a chance to think about the good times you had with them and to remember the good memories you had with them.
Let's finish with The Lord's Prayer
(You might like to listen to The Lord’s Prayer Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijPuAtrwHYM )
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.