It's Monday, 4th May 2020. 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.
It’s Monday morning and the start of a new week. Let’s start with a song to ease us into the day:
Hillsong Kids – Who You Say I Am https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0LHTDVy5C0
Our Bible passage for today is
‘And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own’.
Our thought for the day
Since we have been on lockdown, our lives have been quite different to the way they were before. I wonder what the biggest change has been for you? Is it not being able to see some members of you family? Is it staying at home and not going to school? Perhaps it’s not seeing your friends every day?
I wonder if some of us have been watching TV or playing on your phone or tablet a bit more than normal? It can be a relaxing way to spend some time, as long as we remember to balance this with being active and creative too.
One of the films I have watched recently is Monsters Inc. Have you seen it? Mike and Sully are the main characters. They work together at the scare factory where they have adventures travelling between our world and theirs.
To start with, Mike and Sully don’t know each other, but by the end of the film, they are the best of friends. The experiences they have together help them build their friendship.
I wonder what sort of friend are you? Do you stick by your friends? Are you there for them when they are having difficulties?
During the lockdown, have you been able to keep in contact with your friends? Perhaps your adults have helped you message your friends or connect with them through Zoom or Skype. Is there one of your friends you haven’t spoken to recently, perhaps you could make contact with them today?
In The Bible, in Philippians, Paul wrote to the people of Philippi. He gave them lots of good advice. In chapter 2, verse 4, he tells them to ‘… look out for one another's interests, not just for your own’. This sounds like good advice for us to remember when we think about our friends. Even during this lockdown time, let’s try to keep our friendships alive. Perhaps we can communicate with them and maybe pray for them, too.
A prayer for today
We are going to remember our friends in our prayer for today. Let’s try to include the three points we’ve been thinking about recently. We can say:
See if you can use them to say your own personal prayer to God this morning and if you feel a bit stuck, you can use the prayer below.
Thank you for all of our friends. Thank you that they are there for us when we have difficulties, or them we are feeling sad.
We are sorry for the times that we have not been a good friend – for the times we have been selfish and done things which we regret.
Please look after our friends during the lockdown and help us to show love and compassion to them even if we can’t see them very often.
In Jesus’ name,
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.