Garden of Gethsemane:
Jesus is betrayed and arrested. (You could open by talking about consequences.)
Recall term 3&4 stories – healing, miracles… how would you expect Jesus to be treated in return?
Read Matthew 26v36-50 – How is this fair/possible?
I wonder why Jesus allowed this to happen?
‘What crime has he committed?’ asked Pilate (Matthew 27v23)
Would Jesus have felt alone?
He was faced with the biggest challenge, yet his disciples fell asleep, and tried to prevent God’s rescue plan (John 3v16) from happening because they didn’t understand (verse 52-56) what had been prophesied.
Only perfect God himself, incarnated, could pay the price of sin, so the world could be forgiven. Jesus fully trusted God, he went ‘as usual’ to the Mount of Olives with his disciples, knowing that he would be arrested, feeling sadness, fear and sorrow about what lay ahead, yet praying ‘not as I will, but as you will’ and ‘may your will be done’.
I wonder are we ready to follow God’s plan for our lives?
Jesus models praying when faced with challenging situations, and that God’s plan will always succeed, even when it is hard to understand it.
I wonder where there are times in your life where even your best friends can’t help you…
How might Jesus’ example help you to trust God today?
Even when you are afraid, or feel alone, how may God help you to persevere?
Close with Psalm 17v6-7
Prayers of Thanks from the Chevening Grace Book:
I am thankful for...
18th – summer, the season for warmth and enjoyment, when we are feel freedom the most.
19th – Jesus, Jesus, miracle maker, shining light, making wonderful peace last.
20th – wonder, what we don't know, the mysteries waiting to be solved.
21st – mist, clouds of mist, wandering around the forest at twilight.
22nd – spring, when plants grow into beautiful plants and the sun appears after the long winter.
23rd – equality, and that nobody is worth more than another.
24th – fire, blazing in the grate, leaping and pouncing up, engulfing the crumpled newspapers.
You may like to sing along or just listen to one of our favourite hymns as requested by some children in Key Stage 2.
Email Mrs Robinson if you have a favourite that you would like added.