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Making Space For Jesus
w/c 14 January 2019
Liturgical Year: The Baptism of Our Lord
Gospel: Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22
In the Gospel it’s when Jesus is praying alone that the Holy Spirit comes to him. Jesus often goes away from the crowds in order to listen to the voice of God. These prayers are about making space in our day to listen to God and to become aware of his fatherly love for us.
A good way of introducing these prayers might be by talking about keeping a seat free for someone. The children will recognise how hard that can be – you have to put your coat on the chair or try to sit on two at once to make sure no one else takes it! In this week’s prayers we’re doing the same thing for Jesus. We’re keeping a place free for him in our hearts and stopping anything else taking up that space.
Each day we try out slightly different methods for making space, so that the children can choose which suit them best or suit different times and places. Feel free to adapt the instructions to suit your pupils.
HOW TO LEAD THE PRAYERS
● Start the prayer by reading the Key Scripture on the slide.
● Lead the day’s making space prayer by reading the directions which appear with a mouse click.
● Spend 30 seconds in quiet prayer on the first day but increase the time each day if you can. The verse is displayed again as a focus for prayer if needed.
● Finish by saying the daily prayer and response. A child could lead this if you wish.
Each day has a slightly different focus:
We are physically clearing a space on our desk and putting ourselves in a comfortable prayer position.
We see how it feels to hold our empty hands out towards Jesus.
Remind the pupils that we can make space for Jesus when we’re in different places, e.g. your bedroom, outside in the park, waiting in the queue for lunch.
We say the Our Father slowly and prayerfully to ourselves.
We simply relax in the presence of God.