In memory of Billie-Jo, we held a live assembly from the memorial garden at the Helenswood Campus.

Thursday 10 February 2022

 

Transcript

Introduction by Vice Principal Mr Connor

Father David:

God of all consolation,
in your unending love and mercy
you turn the darkness of death
into the dawn of new life.
Your Son, by dying for us, conquered death
and, by rising again, restored to us eternal life.
May we then go forward eagerly to meet our redeemer
and, after our life on earth,
be reunited with all our brothers and sisters
in that place where every tear is wiped away
and all things are made new;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
All   Amen.

Students to read:

Romans 8.31-end

Student 1:

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? 

Student 2:

Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,
‘For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Student 3:

Lays a memorial of flowers 

A few thoughts from Fr D

God our Father,
by raising Christ your Son you destroyed the power of death
and opened for us the way to eternal life.
As we remember before you our sister Billie-Jo
we ask your help for all who shall gather in her memory.
Grant us the assurance of your presence and grace,
by the Spirit you have given us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All   Amen.

Heavenly Father,
you have not made us for darkness and death,
but for life with you for ever.
Without you we have nothing to hope for;
with you we have nothing to fear.
Speak to us now your words of eternal life.
Lift us from anxiety and guilt
to the light and peace of your presence,
and set the glory of your love before us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All   Amen.

O God we ask your protection on all women and girls facing violence now. We pray for peace and kindness to be the marks of our humanity in place of hatred and blame. We pray that the hearts of the violent will be changed. Show to each one of us how we may be people of peace and how we may stand up for the oppressed. 
Hear our prayers in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
All   Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Blessing:

God bless you
with insight to recognise violence in all its forms, 
and courage to name it,
speaking out for justice. Amen. 
The Lord Jesus bless you
with compassion for the vulnerable, 
and grace to stand with them, sharing his strength. Amen. 
The Holy Spirit bless you with a prayerful heart, 
and power to breathe peace, transforming the world. Amen. 
The blessing of the holy and glorious Trinity, eternal Wisdom,
living Word,
abiding Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.