We find ourselves at the end of another half term, a time to pause, take a break and take stock before the Spring term marches on to Easter.
This term in our assemblies in the senior school we have been focusing on Galatians 5:22-23 and the fruits of the spirit. We have been taking inspiration from each fruit, week by week. We will continue this journey when we return after half term. But, I thought I would share with you some of our reflections and prayers from the first part of this term.
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things
We focused on friendship and the ultimate friendship and act of love in laying down one’s life for another.
1 John 3:16
16 This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters.
In reading Kyle’s story which can be found in the following link we reflected on how we can lay our lives down for the sake of others, perhaps not in the complete and physical sense that Jesus did for us but it putting people first over our agendas.
We thank you for the gift of life, I also thank you for the gift of wonderful people that we have met and are yet to meet on this journey. Thank you for the people around us, some inspire me, stretch me, challenge me, love me and encourage me. All of them help me to realise how precious life is. Thank you, Lord, for your love and your purpose. Would you bless the Kingsley family with good health with peace and joy and above all with friendship with each other and you keep us safe this week in Jesus name we pray, Amen.
John 10:10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].
When thinking about joy we reflected on John 10:10 and a story from George Malory and the pure joy of climbing Everest. As we reflected on living life to the full and doing things simply for the joy of doing them, we talked about how we can often get distracted and not live in the fullness of life that God has given us. Life is there to be lived by all of us. So I encourage you to take it with both hands and don’t waste it because time on this earth is short.
When considering peace I encourage pupils to take time out of the day to be quiet or just listen to music; time to take a walk and focus on the beauty of the earth in which God has placed us. Two members of Year 8 read the following words for us to reflect on.
Peace is not rude or unkind.
Peace is the most essential part of mind
Peace is to be devoted to God, others and even you.
Peace is radiance and love.
Peace is the vivid glow from above.
Peace is freedom form disturbance and its quiet tranquillity
Prayer for peace
Peace go with you
God’s quiet in the noise
God’s hope within uncertainty
God’s rest within the toil
God’s presence within your soul
Peace go with you.
Year 7 helped us to consider what it means to be patient. As we heard the story of Joseph and the trails he faced before God’s plan become evident in his life. This seemed to go from bad to worse for Joseph and he had to endure difficult times and stay faithful to God for a long time. I wonder if we would have been so faithful.
Things went from bad to worse for Joseph, and in Egypt, he was thrown into prison. Joseph’s story can be found in the book of Genesis from chapter 37 onwards.
We ask God to give us complete knowledge of your will and to give us wisdom and understanding. Help us to live in a way that is honouring and pleasing to the Lord, may our lives produce every kind of good fruit. Would we grow as we learn to know ourselves each other and you better. Lord we also pray for your strength with all his glorious power so that we will have all the endurance and patience we need. May we be filled with joy, always being thankful Lord would you help us to walk in your light and your love and help us to choose what is best over what is easy. In your name, we pray, Amen
I hope that you have a blessed and refreshing half term