Nursery Rhyme Mass in School for Epiphany 2: Behold the Lamb

Gathering Song

Behold the Lamb (CJM)

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

The Lord be with you
and also with you

Penitential Rite <Ba Ba Blacksheep>

Just like lost sheep we have gone astray
Done bad things and run away
So we come to say sorry
Make things better as you see
Loving Jesus make anew
Our lives so we can be like you.

Absolution (If you’re happy…)

You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands
You’re forgiven and you know, so you really ought to show it,
You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands

Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet
Jesus loves you and you know it, so you really ought to show it
Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet

If you believe that God forgives you, say “We do” “We do”
When you say that you are sorry, you no longer have to worry
God takes away your sin, so say “Amen”. Amen!

Collect

Let us pray…

(The response is: I come to do your will)

Here I am, Lord
I come to do your will

I waited for the Lord, and He stooped down to me
Here I am, Lord
I come to do your will

He put a new song in my mouth
Here I am, Lord
I come to do your will

God does not ask for sacrifices and offerings
Instead, here am I
Here I am, Lord
I come to do your will

Creative Ideas for Children’s Worship, Year A: Sarah Lenton

The Gospel from St John Chapter 1

One day John saw Jesus walking towards him and John said to his friends, ‘Do you see that Man? He is the Lamb of God!

‘God told me to baptize people in the River Jordan. I knew that one of them would turn out to be the Messiah, but I didn’t know which. And then Jesus came to be
baptized, and I saw the Holy Spirit come down like a dove from Heaven and hover over Him, and I realized who He was.’

‘I’m telling you the truth,’ said John, ‘Jesus is God’s Chosen One.’

The next day John was standing talking to his disciples and Jesus went past again. ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ said John. And the two disciples left John and followed Jesus.

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ

Why did John call Jesus a ‘lamb’? Well, it wasn’t because Jesus was cute.
Let’s think about lambs in Jesus’ time. People liked them then, just as much as we do. Jesus talks about holding little lambs close to His chest.
But of course people ate lambs then, just like us, and they did
something else – they sacrificed them . . .

Sacrifice

All ancient peoples sacrificed animals. They built an altar – very like the altar we have in church – and they killed an animal and cooked it.
They thought that the gods could smell the delicious smell of roast meat that went up to into the sky. Then they ate the rest of the animal themselves. Well, the Jewish people didn’t think that God wanted to smell roast meat. But they sacrificed lambs anyway.

They did it at their great feast of Passover and when they wanted to say ‘sorry’. They felt they could pile up all their sins on the lamb’s back and kill the lot – all the sins, all their guilt – and, of course, the lamb.

And John realized, that’s just what Jesus was going to do. He’d be everybody’s Lamb; innocent, nice and good. And He’d carry our sins on His back, get killed – and take them away. That’s why we still call Jesus ‘the Lamb of God’. We do it at every Eucharist.

Let’s learn that bit of the Eucharist now…

Just hold the lamb for a minute and pass it to your neighbour.
It’s nice, isn’t it? You know, the Jews always felt sorry for lambs, even when they sacrificed them.

Jesus knew He was the Lamb of God.
He knew He’d be sacrificed.
But that was OK – He loved us so much, He was prepared to accept
that. People have never forgotten that John the Baptist called Jesus the
‘Lamb of God’.

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world
Have mercy upon us
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world
Have mercy upon us
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world
Grant us peace.

Creative Ideas for Children’s Worship, Year A: Sarah Lenton

Peace

Here we are
One in Christ
Gathered here
Ain’t this nice?
So let us share a sign of peace
A kiss or hug before the feast…

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you

Let us offer one another a sign of peace

Pray, my brothers and sisters, that this our sacrifice may be acceptable to God the almighty Father.
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his Church.

Prayer over the gifts

Heavenly Father, we thank you for these gifts,
Bread and Wine, fruit of the earth
We pray you will change them
as you change us
by the power of your Holy Spirit

Preface (Kum By Yah)

The Lord is here right now
His spirit with us

Lift up your hearts to him
We lift them up

It’s the right thing to do
Yes Jesus, O yes, we come in prayer

Lord of all life,
you created the universe,
where all living things reflect your glory.
You give us this great and beautiful earth,
to discover and to cherish.

You give us sun and moon and star-lit sky,
everything that gives us light,
light for our eyes, our hearts, our minds.

You made us all,
each wonderfully different,
to join with the angels
and sing your praise:

Sanctus (Kum By Yah)

Holy, Holy Lord, O Holy God
Our prayers are joined
By the Saints
Blessed is the one
Who comes in peace
Blessed is the Prince of Peace

Eucharistic Prayer 2 for Children

Father, on the night before he died,
Jesus shared a meal with his friends.
He took the bread, and thanked you.
He broke it, and gave it to them, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this to remember me.

After the meal, Jesus took the cup of wine.
He thanked you, and gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you.
This is my blood,
the new promise of God’s unfailing love.
Do this to remember me.

Memorial Acclamation (Kum By Yah)

Let us proclaim Of our faith

“Christ has died
And has arisen
Christ will come
To us again
O yes, he will return”

Father, as we offer this bread and wine,
and remember his death and resurrection,
send your +Holy Spirit,
that we who share these gifts
may be fed by Christ’s body and his blood.

Pour your Spirit on us
that we may love one another,
work for the healing of the earth,
and share the good news of Jesus,
as we wait for his coming in glory.

For honour and praise belong to you, Father,
with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit:
one God, for ever and ever.

Great Amen (Kum By Yah)

Amen, Amen
Let it be so,
Amen, Amen
Let it be so,
Amen, Amen
We say this now,
Amen, O yes, Amen!

Lord’s Prayer (Pop Goes the Weasel)

Our Father, who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy na-a-ame.
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us all our si-i-ns
As we forgive
all those us who sin
or trespass against us

Let us not be drawn into
Any kind of temptation
Deliver us
from the evil one
Amen, Amen, Amen.

Agnus Dei (3 blind mice)

Lamb of God, Lamb of God
You take away, the sin of the world
Have mercy on us, Lamb of God
Don’t let us stray away from the flock
You take away the sin of the world
So grant us peace

Come and eat, come and drink
You’re welcome here, come quite near
Share in his body and blood with us
It tastes like wine and bread but just
Know that inside it’s not like that
Share the food of God.

We now share communion

Prayer after Communion (Polly put the kettle on)

Thank you for the meal we eat
Thank you for the meal we eat
Thank you for the meal we eat
Christ brings us life

Now let us go from this place
Now let us go from this place
Now let us go from this place
To do his work

Blessing (Sing a Song of Sixpence)

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing

May the Lord now +bless you
And keep you all safe
Send you out from here
In a state of grace
Take what we have learned
About Jesus our King
And do what he has taught us
To make the world a better thing.

Go, the Mass has ended
But our service has begun
We heard it straight from Jesus
What it means to live as one
With him now up in heaven
Looking from above
Blessing us in all our work
Let’s go and share his love.

The Mass is ended.
Go in the Peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God

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