‘We are all God’s children
and will try to live, love, work and serve
as Jesus taught us.’
Prayers for the start of the new year
In the new year may we remember
Today’s decisions shape tomorrow’s outcomes
That living each moment the best we can
Creates a harmonious life.
May we remember
By holding fast to integrity
Others see we are trustworthy.
When times are rough
May we remember to turn in
To our close and ready source of comfort.
As we start a new year at St Joseph’s
May we remember that each new moment
Can be a fresh beginning.
And may we especially remember that
Personal peace preserved leads to
World peace, well deserved.
St Joseph’s School Prayer
At the beginning of this new year we turn to God our father with our school prayer
Dear Heavenly Father
Friends of all children
Bless our school here in Christchurch
Bless the pupils and the staff who work here.
You chose St. Joseph to be the father of Jesus.
Help us to serve you as he did, and to live, love, work and serve
as Jesus taught us.
God be in my Head
As we begin the new year let us remember God is never far…
God be in my head,
And in my understanding;
God be in my eyes,
And in my looking;
God be in my mouth;
And in my speaking;
God be in my heart;
And in my thinking;
God be at my end,
And at my departing.
The Gospel Reading
The Gospel Reading is from Luke’s good News. It sounds as if Jesus is talking about money, but really he is talking about more than that. He is telling us we must always do our best – with whatever gifts and talents God the Father has given us. As we begin a new school year it serves us well to remember this.
“One day Jesus told his friends a story.
Once upon a time there was a king who had to go on a journey to a country far away. So he called for all his servants before he left, and gave each of them a gold coin. “Here is some money,” he said, “I want you all to make good use of it while I am away.”
When he came back, the king asked all his servants to come and see him again.
The first man came forward and said,
“Lord, you gave me one gold coin. See how well I have used it. Look! Now I have ten gold coins!”
“That’s good,” said the king. “You have made good use of my money. I will put you in charge of ten cities!”
Then the second man came forward and said,
“Lord, you gave me one gold coin. See how well I have used it. Look! Now I have five gold coins!”
“That’s good,” said the king. “You have made good use of my money. I will put you in charge of five cities!”
But one man came forward and said,
“Lord, here is your one gold coin. I hid it away in a handkerchief, and I didn’t do anything with it, because I was afraid of what you might say.”
And the king was very angry when he heard this, because the man had not made any use of his gold coin at all”.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. . .It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”
C. S. Lewis
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible”
St Francis of Assisi