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Apr 19

I Value Justice and Respect 2

Two stories this week are really worthy of further thought.

Firstly, there’s the ‘Windrush Generation’. Thousands of people from around the Commonwealth came to the UK after the Second World War to fill a labour shortage. The 1971 Immigration Act ended the free movement between Commonwealth nations that had existed until that point but gave all Commonwealth citizens living in the UK the right to remain. However the Home Office did not keep a record of those given leave to remain meaning they now find themselves having to prove they are here legally without having the paperwork to do so. Here’s just one story:

 


Secondly, it’s the 25th anniversary of the tragic killing of Stephen Lawrence. Stephen (13 September 1974 – 22 April 1993) was a black British man from Plumstead, south east London, who was murdered in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Well Hall, Eltham on the evening of 22 April 1993. It was one of the highest profile racial killings in UK history; its fallout included profound cultural changes to attitudes on racism and the police, and to the law and police practice. Eventually two of the perpetrators were convicted in 2012. People at the time and since then were impressed by the reaction of Stephen’s parents. Here are clips of them:

 

Neville

 

Doreen

 


Many of you will have connections through family, friends or your communities to the Windrush Generation. It’s a huge injustice that faithful servants of this country could be treated so poorly and we should all care about both the issue and the treatment of individuals.

Many of you will also be able to empathise with the Stephen situation. A very ordinary young man, not part of a gang or involved in anything that could cause violence, dreaming of a career in architecture, just waiting for a bus attacked simply because of his colour.

I am proud to work in a school which senses injustice and speaks out about it, whether that’s local, in the country or in the world. Please keep an eye out for the vulnerable amongst us and be the voice for those who have a very small voice.

 



‘Evildoers do not understand what is right,
but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.’

Proverbs 28

 

Prayer: Our prayer this week takes inspiration from it being St George’s Day on April 23. 


Lord, make me
brave like St George
gentle like St George
truthful like St George
and help me to love God as much as he did.
Amen.

Here are appropriate words to a traditional hymn tune:

 

  

 

Or if you like a more modern feel:

 

 

 

 

Apr 13

I Value Justice and Respect 1

For this week and for future tutor worships, I want young people to come up with the content. This week, some year 7’s chose to look at online bullying culture, as it ties in with justice and respect.

Here are some true or false questions about cyber bullying to get you thinking:

 

 

Bullying can happen to anyone, but are certain people or groups targeted more frequently? Why?

This shocking video shows what online bullying would look like in real life. how can we challenge it online?

 

 

How does God hope we use the internet?

 

'what does the Lord require of you? but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 ESV


Dear God,

Give us wisdom as we navigate the net, give us courage to report and stand up for those who are being targeted online,

May we a society that chooses love over hate online, and may it start with us.

Amen.

For further watching and light relief; check out some highlights from Hope 18. A great chance to demonstrate justice and respect out in the #realworld.

 

 

 

Mar 22

I Can Plan 2

 

God can Plan

 



A little while, and you will no longer see me.John 16

 

Jesus repeated these words to His disciples several times.  He could tell by the blank stares on their faces, however, that they did not understand what He had said.  

At one point, He even overheard them debating what He meant by "You will not see me” (John 16).  These men had been with Jesus for three years. They had laughed with Him, cried with Him, eaten with Him, and were willing to die with Him, or so they thought. They had just entered the city of Jerusalem. And instead of being met by an angry legion of guards and protestors, they were met by palm-waving supporters shouting: "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." Yet as soon as they had settled into the upper room, Jesus broached the subject of His forthcoming death. Immediately, the mood of His followers went from one of celebration to shock and sorrow.  

Often in difficult times, we cannot see beyond that moment. The resurrection was a few days away, but they could not fathom its wondrous coming. God always provides the encouragement we need to stay the course, and Jesus did this for His disciples when He told them, "Your sorrow will be turned to joy" (v. 20). This also is God's message of hope and love for us today and every day.

Happy Easter and enjoy your holiday/I hope you’ve enjoyed your holiday.

Easter Prayer - Lysa Ter Keurst, based on Matthew 28:

“Do not be afraid," - God, I hand over to You those things that make me so afraid. Resurrect the parts of my faith squelched by fear.

 

"I know that you are looking for Jesus," - God, when my soul is searching, help me know the answer to every longing can be found in You.

 

"He has risen," - God, the fact that Jesus is risen should lift my head, my heart and my attitude. Help me to live today as if I really believe this with every part of my life.

 

"just as he said," - Jesus, You keep Your promises. Help me live as though I believe that with every part of me. Help me trust You more, obey You more and resemble You more.

 

"Come and see," - Jesus, You had the angels invite the women in to see for themselves that You had risen. You invite me into these personal revelations every day. Forgive me for sometimes rushing about and forgetting to come and see for myself ... You, Your Word, Your insights.

 

"Then go quickly and tell his disciples," - Jesus, I don't want to be a secret keeper with my faith. I want to be a bold and gracious truth proclaimer. For You. With You. Because of You.

 

In Jesus' Name,

 

Amen.


Songs – an old one but a good one from Keith Green:

 

 

Or ‘There is a Hope’ by Stuart Townend:

 

 

Mar 16

I Can Plan 1

 

US Navy 110401-N-HC601-027 ailors cross the line during the first annual Chief Petty Officer Birthday 5K Run-Walk at Naval Base San Diego

 

Lent is a 40 day journey that ends at Easter. How have you engaged in Lent? For many of us who try and ‘take up’ or ‘give up’ something, it only works if you carefully plan it into your life!

It seems to me that Jesus was someone who planned more than we may think. He was someone who carefully considered his actions, and words to gain maximize impact. We see this in his final journey towards Jerusalem before his death. What can you learn from this animated description of that journey?


As you finish this term, and head towards Easter, on to exams, or to another goal, here’s a prayer for the journey.

Most Loving God,

Thank you that you remain constant with us on whatever journey we are on.

May we rejoice and celebrate what we have and where we’ve come from.

May we trust you in times of joy and in sorrow.

Be our guide in the darkness and in the light, so that we might be living beacons of hope for others.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

For further listening, enjoy these legends as they sing about Easter Grace:

 

 

Mar 8

Science Fiction 2

Hopefully there are some science fiction fans in your tutor group.  If so, what film(s), what book(s), what game(s), what TV series would you recommend?

Books, how about Dune or The Dispossessed?

Films,  2001: A Space Odyssey or Wall-e  or Blade Runner (they are 15 certificates)?

TV, Dr Who or Star Trek?

Games, You’ll have to help me!

The great thing about science fiction is that as it is fiction that breaks or goes beyond the earth’s and human’s natural rules, it can work on our imagination and stimulate thought.  I think one reason it’s popular today is because it often challenges what’s established.  The good news is that usually good wins over evil and a saviour comes to the rescue.

The Bible is clear.  God is beyond our comprehension,

 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORDIsaiah 55

 

God is stronger than evil,

 

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.James 4

 

Jesus is the Saviour,

 

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.Luke 19

 

So, enjoy science fiction, let your minds and feelings be expanded by exciting themes and actions but don’t lose your grip on the reality of God loving this earth and each one of us.

Prayer:

We give you praise, O Lord, our God

And humbly thank you for everything,

For life, and health, and well being,

And all the good this day will bring.
Amen.

So, we’re halfway through Lent.  How’s it going? Use this quiet song as a few moments of peace in the midst of our busy lives,