Prayers – For children and families

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Advent Week 4 – Joy

Based on Psalm 30 v 4-5
Everyone who loves him,
Sing your heart out to God,
Say thank you to him.
He may get cross sometimes,
but really there is love forever.
The night times when we feel sad
and cry are always followed by
days of joy.

NRSV
Sing praises to the LORD,
O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment;
his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning

 

Advent Week 3 – Love

Lord God your love sounds quite hard,
but very special.
You must know that God,
because this is how you love us.
Help us to love like you.

St Paul (who wrote a lot of letters to his friends), said that when we feel God’s kind of love and want to show it we can be patient and kind;
that we don’t wish we had other people’s things, that we don’t show off about what we have, or think we are better than others because of what we can do.

 

Advent Week 2 – Peace

Loving Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace
Help us come close to you,
to find that peaceful place in our hearts
where we can be still and think of others.
Help us to find ways to share your peace.
Amen

When Jesus talked about God’s peace he was asking you to get nearer to him and to make a noise about God. Sometimes we can get closer to Jesus and make a noise about God quietly – with a hug, by giving something to the food bank or a charity shop, or by playing with someone who is on their own in the playground.

Advent Week 1- Hope

Excitement is like lots of fizzy bubbles popping inside us.
Excitement makes us wriggle and jiggle and giggle.
Hope is gentler. Hope is quieter.
When everything seems slow and gloomy.
Hope holds our hand and helps us walk gently,
Lord Jesus, you are our hope,
and that is exciting! Amen

Hope is Jesus-shaped, hope is about loving and caring for each other and making the world a friendlier place for everyone.

 

Advent Calendar – Two versions,one for use with chocolate calendars and one for use with picture calendars.

With Chocolate.

Where do you lead to little doors?
You are too small to walk through, or wriggle, or crawl.
Too small to look through and see very far.
But you little doors hold the sweetness and flavour of Christmas and welcoming Jesus our Saviour.
I wonder where your door will lead you today,
how are you getting ready to welcome Jesus?

With pictures.

Where do you lead to little doors?
You are too small to walk through, or wriggle, or crawl.
Too small to look through and see very far.
But through these little doors we get nearer
and nearer to Christmas and welcoming Jesus our Saviour.
I wonder where your door will lead you today,
how are you getting ready to welcome Jesus?

The Angel appeared to Mary in her home with no mention of a door being opened Luke 1.26-38.  Matthew 7.7-11 Jesus tells us whenever we knock the door will be opened. When the Disciples had their doors locked in fear following Jesus death he simply appeared among them John 20.19-23.