Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 12: 12-27
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The Body of Christ is made up of many members or parts which all have different functions. Each one can do certain things but no part of the body can do all the functions. They need each other to keep the whole body functioning.
The Church is sometimes called the Body of Christ. Let's explore this ...
What is the Church?
church (with a small "c") = the building Church (with a capital "C") = the people of God
The book of Acts in the Bible tells us what the first Church (known as the Early Church) was like.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved." Acts 2: 42-47
When the first group of Christians began to group together they did some things that were really important. We are going to discover what those things are, because those are the same things we want to do!
We are going to remember those important things by remembering one word: C H U R C H.
is for Cake - they ate together
When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they ate together. You know when you sit around the table and you tell stories about your day and listen to one another and get to know your friends really well over a meal? Well that is what that first Church did. They ate together a lot!
So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…C stands for “Cake – they ate together!”
is for HEARING
- they listened to teaching
When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they listened to teachers talk about the Bible. They learned how to live God’s way by hearing people teach from the Bible. Kind of like you are doing today, but not always on a Sunday, many times when they met together they heard about Jesus’ words, and stories about him.
So to help you remember what the first Church did, and what we should do too…I have some headphones here to represent “hearing”
is for U Pray, I Pray, We Pray
- they prayed
When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they prayed together. They talked to God together, and they prayed for one another.
So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…U stands for “U pray, I pray, we pray!”
OK, since praying is just talking to God, I thought a good way for you to remember this would be a cell phone.
is for Reaching Out
- they reached out to others
When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they reached out to other people in their city, sharing the Good News about Jesus, and helping with needs in their city. They wanted EVERYONE to know about Jesus so they reached out and told them!
So to help you remember what the first Church did, and what we should do too…R stands for reaching out to others.
is for Caring & Sharing
- they cared for one another
When the first Christians got together the Bible tells us that they cared for each other and shared everything that they owned with each other. If you were sick, I would come and care for you. If you needed help, I would care and come help! If you needed to use something that I owned, I would share it with you.
So to help you remember what the first Church did, and what we should do too…this C stands for Care and Share!
is for Hanging Out
- they spent time together
The first Christians just liked to get together. They knew if they would be together, they could encourage one another, help make each other strong, and become really awesome friends to one another. They called this “fellowship” but for our lesson today, we will call it “hanging out.”
So to help you remember what the first church did, and what we should do too…this H stands for Hanging out!
So to remind you about hanging out I thought about how when you hang out you just have fun and get to know each other.
Discussion / Reflection
How do you think the world would be different if we lived like the early Christian Church did?
Why is it difficult to practice Agape love?
What gifts do you have that you could use to help the Church?
Discuss these questions with your parents or sponsor OR write your thoughts in a Confirmation journal.
Holiness Focus ...
Blessed Frederic Ozanam
Frederic Ozanam (1813-1853) was twenty years old and studying in Paris when he he felt called to help the poor. He got some friends together and began to serve the poor. They called themselves "The Conference of Charity." They were servants and advocates for the poor. Later they became known as The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Today the society exists in dozens of countries around the world. Tens of thousands of parishes have a Saint Vincent de Paul group. They FEED, CLOTHE, HOUSE, and provide HEALING medical help for millions of men, women, and children every day. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is just one of hundreds of Catholic organizations that serve the poor and marginalized of the world. Catholics have a great history of contribution. Frederic wasn't that much older than you when he began this great work. He could not have envisioned where it would lead. But that's how God works.
look upon our community of faith
which is the Church of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Help us to witness to his love
by loving all our fellow creatures without exception.
Under the leadership
of the Holy Father and the Bishops
keep us faithful to Christ's mission
of calling all men and women
to your service so that there may be
"one fold and one shepherd."
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
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