Saints Alive! New Stories of Old Saints
Let's all call out our names - the names of the saints in this place today. Shout out names together and not just those standing up.
Listen to what Jesus says: 'Be happy that your names are written in heaven! S aints alive with the Spirit of God 1 Corinthians b.go to site
Stories, traditions keep devotions to the saints alive
What an unlikely bunch of people you find in a church! What draws them together isn't a shared love of some sport or hobby; not a shared social background, upbringing or particular education; not even sometimes a shared geography or commitment to a certain locality, although hopefully this will usually be a factor. What links everybody is that God's Spirit lives in them. This is what makes them and us God's saints. It takes the whole people of God to begin to show and share what God is like - both to each other as well as to the world around.
Invite each person to write their name on post-it notes of different colours and shapes and ask them to bring them out and stick them on to a large dove mobile, which represents the Holy Spirit. Download a template for this dove mobile here. Alternatively, each person could come and put their initials in different colours on the dove. This represents each saint being incorporated into the Spirit and the Spirit being in each person. Conclude by saying: Look, here are the Saints of God It takes all the saints here at this church to become Jesus now to each other and to the community around us.
Each one of us is part of his body. You will need to clear some space for this next activity as hopefully everyone will be willing to reposition themselves into an outline of the human body. This could also be done within the main body of a church that has chairs or pews but it will be more challenging! Imagine this space to contain the invisible outline of a human body.
Here is where the head would be, here the neck, the torso, arms, legs, etc. Now can I invite you to come and put yourself inside this body outline in the place that matches your gifts and talents. All of us have a place in the body of Christ. Sometimes our place changes over time. Sometimes we can be in two places, depending on the need. Sometime it takes time to discover the part God has for us to play in his body on earth. Sometimes others can see the place we have better than we recognise it ourselves.
Conclude by saying, when everyone is in place: The Saints of God Every saint is a work in progress.
But God has promised to bring that work to completion one day as we work with him and he works in us. This is why we need to be kind to each other and understanding, as well as stand in awe of each other - individually we are each his workmanship! To remind us of this, let us give each other a new name label today and, using this, pray for each other. Arrange for a set of white sticky labels to be available for each row, table or area within the church.
People should pair up and each write a label for the other that says:. As each person sticks the label on to the other person, invite them to say a simple prayer of blessing for that person either aloud or silently as suits the tradition of your church. Conclude by all saying: We are the Saints of God God is at work in us. When it comes to prayers, invite all the leaders of the organisations and groups at your church to stand up. Include as many groups as you can think of: from the men's breakfast club to luncheon club drivers; from the missionary prayer group to the brownies.
Have them call out each group as you all pray God's blessing on the saints at work in your church and their work beyond the church. Encourage everyone to join hands and face outward, as a sign that our shared sainthood is not for ourselves but for the world into which God sends us as his Spirit-filled body for the week ahead. Use the words of the grace 2 Corinthians Other Festivals. All-age All-Age service. On your marks: All Saints Day is a traditional festival of the church and gives us an opportunity to do three things: to remember inspiring stories of the heroes of our faith from the past; to celebrate the fact that we are each called today to play our part in God's mission as his saints; and to look forward to heaven when all God's saints - past, present and future - will be gathered before the throne of God in heaven.
Although there have certainly been famous Saints with a capital 'S' throughout history, the New Testament is clear that we are all saints - called, loved, saved and filled by God - and that we need each other to be able to catch even a glimpse of how wonderful God is: May you have power with all God's people to understand Christ's love. You will need: An all-age group to prepare and read Psalm 15 see below.
You will need the 24 names from Romans b - 16 written out on separate cards and given to 24 members of the church, hopefully scattered around your worship area.
Post-it notes of varying sizes, shapes and colours, and some coloured pens or pencils. An enlarged dove mobile see below. White sticky labels. Introduction Today is a day to celebrate each other as the saints of God. Some sentences of welcome to say together Leader: We are not just once a week friends. All: We are the family of God. Leader: We are not a cosy club. All: We are the body of Christ.
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Leader: We are not simply strangers meeting. All: We are temples of the Holy Spirit. Leader: We are not here by accident. All: Our Father has called us to worship. Leader: We are not just filling up an hour. All: Jesus wants us to know him better. Leader: We are not here just to go through the motions. All: The Holy Spirit has some special words for us.
Amen 3. I'm still waiting for him to help me find a favorite pair of earrings. But I'm patient. I know he'll help me eventually. Theories can be formulated about other stories, said Cunningham, like that of St. Joseph helping people sell their homes. It could be a recent custom, he said, that relates to St.
Joseph's image as a father and to the Holy Family.
Saints Alive! New Stories of Old Saints by Andrews Seddon, Cheryl Dickow | Waterstones
Stories and traditions vary across different countries, too, Cunningham said. Italians, for example, have a strong devotion to St. Anthony of Padua. Admired for his preaching talents, Francis himself sent a letter to Anthony authorizing him to teach the friars theology. He later went on a preaching mission throughout Italy where he "had the impact of a spiritual revival," Ellsberg writes.
No matter the person, the story or the origin, people around the world still seek guidance from the saints on how to live out their faith. And sometimes, they even become friends. Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor. Learn more here. Join now. Stories, traditions keep devotions to the saints alive. Oct 29, A man carries a statue of St.
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So journey back to the 5th and 6th Century for stories of saints both famous and lesser known and maybe the stories will impact your life and your path. Brigid c. Senan c. Ailbe c. Colman c. Tewdrig c. Ruan c. Leonore c. Cadoc c. Monynna 6th Century 11 Digits St. Cainnech mid 's 12 Far Voyager St.
Brendan early 's Stories built on legends but told to teach lessons. These stories will evoke powerful images and they will surprise, encourage, enlighten and challenge a reader open to the examples of the saints of old. Seddon masterfully tells these 12 stories. Lewis stated in Letters to Malcolm "Though we cannot experience our life as an endless present, we are eternal in God's eyes; that is, in our deepest reality.
I have 4 measures for what I consider outstanding books.
First do I want to share it with my children as they grow? Second will I read it again? Third do I wish for e more books in the series? And finally I cannot stop talking about it. This book meets all three and I wish there was a way to give it more than 5 stars. Read the review and with links to other reviews of books by the author on my blog Book Reviews and More. Jul 07, Lisa Nicholas rated it it was amazing. In this new collection, Seddon has taken on an even more challenging task than he did in Saints of Empire: working from confused sources, confusing names, and a tissue of legend and fantasy, he brings to life saints that most of us have never even heard of, such as Ailbhe, Senan, and Tewdrig, as well as others whose names, at least, will be a bit more familiar: Brigid, Columba, and Brendan.
One of the things I particularly like about the stories in Celtic Paths is the way the stories capture the In this new collection, Seddon has taken on an even more challenging task than he did in Saints of Empire: working from confused sources, confusing names, and a tissue of legend and fantasy, he brings to life saints that most of us have never even heard of, such as Ailbhe, Senan, and Tewdrig, as well as others whose names, at least, will be a bit more familiar: Brigid, Columba, and Brendan.
In such an atmosphere, we can well believe that an obscure monk might command sea monsters, tame wolves, or even wander into the distant future and return to tell about it. Yes, all those things happen in these tales. An aside: I believe I was the one who suggested that Andrew include a story from the wonderful account of the mystical voyages of Saint Brendan the Navigator, whom he originally had not planned to write about.
I have no idea whether my suggestion influenced the "science-fictiony" character of that particular tale. In my science fiction novel, Cast into the Deep Sea of Stars, which will be published soon, I have named a priestly order of missionaries to the stars the Order of Saint Brendan the Navigator.
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