Last week we learned that to love Jesus is to love others . Cathedral Kids, with the help of the congregation, have shown their love for others by choosing to support 2 charities.
Earlier in the month we learned about Shelter and this week we are going to learn about our second charity, Save the Children.
To find out more about the work they do and to see how the money we raised will be used, follow the links below.
Bible story from his week's Roots resource.
In this week’s Bible story Jesus talks to the Father about being glorified and prays for his followers. Have a looks at the Talk2kids before reading the story.
Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed: ‘Father, the hour has come. Now is the time for me to be glorified. You have given me power over everyone. I will give eternal life to all those you have given to me. They will know you as the one true God and they will know me as Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
‘I have brought glory to you in the way I have lived my life on earth. But now I have finished the work you gave me to do. And so, Father, the time is right for you to glorify me in heaven.
‘I have told the people that you sent me and that you are God. They believe in you and have been faithful to you. They know that the things I have taught them come from you, and that everything I have comes from you.
‘I am not asking for the world’s sake, but for the sake of those who belong to me. And all those who belong to me are yours. Now I am no longer in the world, but they are still in the world. I am leaving them to come to you. So I ask you, Holy Father, to protect them in your name, so that they may be as one, just as you and I are one.’
to glorify: to praise or honour greatly
eternal life: fullness of life in God’s presence, both now and after death.
Talk together with children
- What does it mean to glorify someone or give them glory?
- How do you think you could give Jesus glory in your life?
- How does God demonstrate his glory in the world today?
Talk together with young people
- How do you think you would respond if you were hearing Jesus pray this prayer?
- What would you expect Jesus to pray about?
- What do you think it means for Jesus to be glorified?
Link to Children's worksheet
Link to Children's colouring sheet
Response line: may your name be glorified in them.
for those who are anxious:
may your name be glorified in them.
For those who are alone…
For those who are ill…
For those we love…
For those we find difficult…
may your name be glorified in us.
Notes on the Bible story for parents and carers
As John’s Gospel reaches the climax, here he records Jesus’ last ‘speech’, which is in fact a prayer, crying out to his Father the desires of his heart, that through his actions to come God would be glorified.
There is something here of an expression of the relationship between Father, Son and Spirit lifting one another up to be glorified (vv.4-5: ‘I glorified you…so now, Father, glorify me…’). This is something the theologian Richard Rohr refers to as the ‘divine dance’ of the Trinity, in which each part of the Trinity glorifies another part, and never itself.
The term glory is often associated with heavenly light, but in this passage several other meanings emerge. The crucifixion will be the hour in which Jesus is glorified (v.17). Jesus has also glorified his Father by finishing the work he was sent to do (v.4). Jesus even says that he has been glorified in his disciples (v.10). Glory is deeply relational and mutual: Jesus requests that the Father glorify the Son so that the Son may glorify the Father. Glory is something to bestow on another.
Here is the great challenge for us today, as followers of Jesus that we would continue to lift him up, and bring glory to God through our actions and our relationship with one another, echoing the relationship between the Trinity – as Jesus prayed: ‘that they would be one, as we are one’.
Ruth’s music spot
There are lots of ‘alleluias’ this week, alleluia meaning ‘praise to God’.
I’m sure you’ll all have sung ‘Allelu, allelu, allelu, alleluia, praise ye the Lord’ at some time. It’s a favourite with Little Stars, particularly with energetic actions. There are plenty of different versions; here are a few for you to sing along to:
Guides – This is the nearest to our version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IFIN8rdmNQ
Actions – standing up/sitting down. Do you notice how the minister’s joining in? Maybe we should suggest this to Colin and Dorothy. It’s a good workout for adults, especially from those low chairs the Little Stars have! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuDXVZXwEtU
Actions – clapping/hands in the air. This is what we do when I‘m feeling lazy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vl63fVpwTQ
A funky version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTDd8BEPP7o
There are plenty more versions if you have a look, some of them quite zany!
To mark Ascension Day (last Thursday, 21st May) I’ve chosen two uplifting hymns which I’m sure you will enjoy.
Alleluia, sing to Jesus This is one of several hymns written by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898) a Bristolian who worked at some point as a manager of a marine insurance company in Glasgow. For a businessman to write hymns is notable when, at that time, so many hymn writers were clergymen. His message in this hymn is that although Jesus has ascended into heaven, he is always with us, and we are encouraged to sing a song of praise. The tune is ‘Hyfrydol’, that lovely Welsh melody by Rowland Hugh Pritchard (1811-1887) that is sometimes matched with ‘Love Divine’.
King’s College Cambridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTrClYH1Yw4
Hail the day that sees Him rise
The language in this hymn may be different but the message is similar: although Jesus has now gone back to his throne in heaven “still he calls mankind his own” – we might say, he looks out for us. It is from the pen (quill?) of the great eighteenth century hymn writer Charles Wesley (1707-1788). The tune, ’Llanfair’, is thought to be by a Welsh singer, composer and blind basket weaver, Robert Williams (1781-1821). With words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b_ODz_jgTs