All CCS students had recent assembly on the theme of RESPECT and our start of year prayer service.


Beginning of Year Liturgy 2018/19

 

As we begin our school year we pray for each other, and for the whole school. We’ll begin by asking God’s help with our study, our friendships, our sport, our hobbies, and with everything that is part of our school.

We might feel a bit afraid of the coming year.  Or we can feel very confident and glad to start again.  No matter what, we put ourselves before God and ask his help in the coming year.

And we start by being grateful.  There are many things to be grateful for and we think of them now…. our health, our intelligence, our body, our mind.  Be grateful for your friends; for your teachers.  For being part of this school;

 

  Our first reading is a prayer of St Paul for people he taught.  He prays that we grow strong in different areas of our lives.  We make this prayer our own today.

 

A reading from a letter of St Paul to the Ephesians

 

This then is what I pray, kneeling before the Father: In the abundance of his glory may he, through his Spirit, enable your inner selves to grow strong, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love, with all God’s holy people you will have the strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth: so that, knowing the love of Christ, which is beyond all knowledge, you may be filled with the utter fullness of God. Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or image; glory be to him from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.

The word of the Lord

 

Gospel  Mark 4:35-41

 

When we look to another year, we don’t know what’s in store, will it be a happy year, a difficult one?  The gospel is a story of trusting in the presence of Jesus as he was present in the apostles’ rough times, so he is present with us.

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

 

With the coming of evening that same day, Jesus said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped.

But he was in the stern, his head on a cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, “Master do you not care? We are going down!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Quiet now! Be calm!” And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, “Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?” They were filled with awe and said to one another: “Who can this be? Even the wind and sea obey him”.

 

The Gospel of the Lord

 

Prayers of the Faithful

 

Reader:

We pray that our school will always be a place of welcome, where all students, staff and parents feel valued and included. Lord hear us.

Response: Lord Graciously Hear Us

 

Reader:

We pray for all students in our school, that they will fulfil their potential and become a witness to the message of Jesus. Lord hear us.

Response: Lord Graciously Hear Us

 

Reader:

We pray for all those who are sick. We also remember their families and friends and we ask God to give them strength and comfort at this time of need. Lord hear us.

Response: Lord Graciously Hear Us

 

Reader:

We pray for all in our school community who work to make our time in Cashel Community School a happy one. Lord hear us.

Response: Lord Graciously Hear Us

 

Reader:

We remember all those who have lost loved ones. We pray that the Lord will comfort them in their loss. Lord hear us.

Response: Lord Graciously Hear Us

 

 REFLECTION

 

What will this year bring?

We do not know;

It will bring its usual times of work and play,

Experiences of success and failure,

All the things that are part of school life.

It is a new beginning;

The planting of a seed that will grow for a year,

The seed of fruit that will blossom in times to come.

It is new hope;

Hope for good work, for successful results,

For friendships, for fun, for learning.

In this coming year, may there be learning, prayer and fun.

May there be hard work, faith and friendship.

May no one in this school be lonely;

May no one be left out in class;

May no one suffer through others here.

As we begin this year in hope, in prayer and in friendship,

May the Lord begin it with us, be with us during it,

And successfully bring it to its conclusion.