In this week’s Monday Mission Act of Worship, we began by listening to the song “When I needed a neighbour”. It reminded us that there are always people for whom we can care.
The Year 1 children gave lots of examples of people who care for them: parents, brothers, sisters, best friends and teachers.
On Wednesday, we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, so that is the scripture we heard today:
The time came for Joseph and Mary to perform the ceremony of purification, as the Law of Moses commanded. So they took the child to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord: “Every first-born male is to be dedicated to the Lord.” They also went to offer a sacrifice of a pair of doves or two young pigeons, as required by the law of the Lord.
At that time there was a man named Simeon living in Jerusalem. He was a good, God-fearing man and was waiting for Israel to be saved. The Holy Spirit was with him and had assured him that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s promised Messiah. Led by the Spirit, Simeon went into the Temple. When the parents brought the child Jesus into the Temple to do for him what the Law required, Simeon took the child in his arms and gave thanks to God:
“Now, Lord, you have kept your promise,
and you may let your servant go in peace.
With my own eyes I have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples:
A light to reveal your will to the Gentiles
and bring glory to your people Israel.”
We talked about how we could care for others just as Mary and Joseph had cared for Jesus and how God cares for us all.
The children came up with some people who could really use someone to care for them: the elderly, the sick, the homeless and the poor. These echo the words of Pope Francis:
We discussed ways in which they could care for these people. Ideas included:
- Collecting items for the local foodbank
- Looking after our parents when they are poorly by getting them a drink
- Giving money to charity
- Taking time to call their grandparents or to make them a card
- Giving someone a paper dove or heart to show that you care for them
This week’s mission is to care for those in our community. Let us know how you achieve this mission in the comments below.