Chapel Themes and Schedule for 2018-2019
Every morning, after the Canadian National Anthem the students will hear a short song that will help them memorize a bible verse or a part of the catechism weekly followed by the current prayer. The students will be taught different prayers throughout the year. The students are currently saying the following prayer which is done over the intercom:
“We give thanks to you dear Father, through Jesus your only son, that you have kept us through the night, from harm and the evil one. And we pray that you, would keep us this day from danger and harm from going astray. Let all our deeds be pleasing to you and stay with us all through the day, your angels protecting the way. For in your name we pray, Amen.”
During devotion time, all classrooms recite the Lord’s prayer and will say a prayer before both snack and lunch times. Students learn many different prayers throughout the year, please ask your child what prayer they use in class and if you require the words for the prayer please contact your child’s teacher.
BSLS Chapel Services are held on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am. Each Chapel service will focus on the Lutheran message which teaches all of our young students on how they are serving God’s community through the many outreach and stewardship opportunities through the school and the church. Our chapel services involve many different components that have been specifically planned to engage the students and to help the children understand and hear about God’s love. God’s Law (the Ten Commandments) and God’s Gospel (grace & forgiveness) are shared in every lesson at chapel and throughout our days with the children and with one another. It is especially important for children to hear about God’s grace and forgiveness, and it can be easy as adults to focus on the law and expectations, rather than the Gospel. At chapel, there are responsibilities given to each classroom throughout the year for all students to participate in chapel when possible. The responsibilities this year are the candle lighters, candle extinguishers, bible verse readers, chapel artists, prayer readers and of course, singing and doing the actions to the many songs we sing. We are always interested if a student is interested in playing violin, piano or sharing another talent during our chapel services to enhance our student involvement. Please speak to your child and teacher to hear about how your child is involved in our weekly chapel services.
‘In Chapel This Week….‘
I am the Vine; You are the Branches (John 15)
For the kids…
Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” A branch cannot grow if it is not connected to a vine. It will die. Jesus is the vine that we live in and grow in. He makes us bear fruit – that is, He fills us with His love so that we give that love to others. Jesus wants to live and grow, so He calls us to stay (abide) in His Word, hearing His life-giving promises, His forgiveness words, and His peace words. These words are living and active in us. They fill us with life and make us grow, spilling over with words of forgiveness and peace to those all around us. This is God’s joy, that He gives to us.
For those looking to understand more…
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” Everyone wants to bear more fruit – that is, they want their life full of love for other people. But how does that happen? Pruning. Not exactly the answer we were looking for, is it? Pruning hurts. It means that the unproductive parts are cut out, so that the loving, living parts might grow more. God does this in our hearts by revealing our sin to us. With a Word of Law, He shows us that part of ourselves that is dead wood crowding out the space for love in our life. He cuts it out to make room for His love. But this is not always a comfortable experience. It requires repentance – an honest, vulnerable acknowledgment of the truth about ourselves – one that lets the light shine in the darkest places within, trusting we will not be crushed by Him, but gently and tenderly forgiven by His own merciful blood-shed forgiveness – and lifted up to be His own and walk with Him – that is – to bear fruit once more. He cleans us. He fills us – not with expectations put upon us – but with His own finished actions on our behalf – his life, His death on the cross and His resurrection to new life for us. Want to bear more fruit? Present yourself in humility to your Father the vinedresser, and let Him work. He will keep you in His vine Jesus, and bring His Spirit sap out to the tips of the life He is working in you, that His love may be received by other through you.
Notice the Word of Christ as that Vine His disciples are grafted into. Stay in the Word. Bear fruit.
Prune me Father. Cut out the dead wood in me, and fill me with Your life-giving Spirit through Jesus the Vine. Make Your love flow to me in Jesus, and through me to others. Glorify Your Name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Schedule for 2017-18
- 12 – Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36 – 46)
- 19 – Soldiers Crown Jesus (Matt. 27:27-31)
- 26 – Crucifixion of Jesus (Matt. 27:32-37)
- 3 – Abraham and Lot Divided Land (Gen. 13:1-12)
- 10 – Moses Strikes the Rock (Num. 20:6-12)
- 17 – Temptation of Christ (Matt. 4:1-11)
- 24 – Jesus prays in the Garden (Mark 14:32-36)
- 31 – Paul and Silas in Prison (Acts 16:25-34)