The Green Schools Trust

Expanding Hearts and Minds
"Jubilate Deo servite
cum laetitia"

Rejoice in the Lord and serve with gladness

Expanding Hearts & Minds

 Psalm 46: 1-2
God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear...
 

Psalm 136:1-9
Give thanks to the Lord because he is good.
H
is love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God over all gods.
His love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of all lords. 
His love endures forever.
4 Only he can do great miracles. 
His love endures forever.
5 With his wisdom he made the skies. 
His love endures forever.
6 He spread out the earth on the seas. 
His love endures forever.
7 He made the sun and the moon. 
His love endures forever.
8 He made the sun to rule the day. 
His love endures forever.
9 He made the moon and star s to rule the night. 
His love endures forever. 

In these days that seem to go on forever, it is important for us to fill our minds with truth and hope. Let’s ration how much we look at the “news”; let’s try to find small things in each day to be grateful for, small things in our day to look forward to. This is a marathon and we need to keep our minds and hearts fit as well as our bodies. 

Psalm 136 tells us again and again that God’s love endures forever. We need to remember that. God’s love endures—that is a robust sort of love that works at loving, it is a resilient and powerful love that never gives us. As we struggle to find hope in the endlessness of these days, let us remember that God’s love endures forever - God will be right here with us, with each one of us, all day every day, leading us towards the hope of Easter and the freedom of resurrection life beyond the suffering. 

With love and prayers every blessing, 

The Rev’d Natalie Garrett, Chaplain, The Green School Trust, March 2020 

Bible Verses for reflection and prayer: 

Jesus calms the storm: Matthew 8:23-27 

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” 

What love looks like—even when times are tough: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. 

Do not worry: Matthew 6: 25-34 

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

God providing manna (food) for His people in the desert: Exodus 16 

Try reading about God’s people walking for 40 years in the desert after God rescued them from slavery. Read this well-known story of God providing bread for his people every day. Think about that line in the Lord’s prayer: give us today our daily bread and meditate on what that means to you today, tomorrow... 

Written prayers for meditation and reflection: 

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Gracious God,
give skill,
sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Almighty God,
we pray for our leaders and all in
roles of authority at this time,
for those making huge decisions
that affect the life of nations.
We ask that they will turn to you for strength and wisdom,
that they will hear good advice and
be quick and clear and decisive.
Give them strength and courage in body, mind and spirit. Amen. 

Written prayers for reflection and meditation: 

Lord God, you are always with us.
You are with us in the day and in the night.
You are with us when we’re happy and when we’re sad.
You are with us when we’re healthy and when we’re ill.
You are with us when we’re peaceful and when we’re worried.
You are good.
You are bigger than anything we might be afraid of.
You know the future even when we don’t. 

Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today.
Help (name someone you know who needs God’s help) to know that you love them.
Lord God, may we know you with us today. Amen. 

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. 

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love, f
or your name’s sake. Amen. 

Written prayers for reflection and meditation: 

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

O God,
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

For those who are ill 

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

For hospital staff and medical researchers 

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.