Chapel Themes and Schedule for 2017-2018

 

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….

January 10, 2018 – Grapes on vine/water

Jesus Changes Water into Wine

 

For the kids

Jesus went to a wedding that ran out of wine.  So just as God created all plants and their delicious fruit in the beginning, Jesus turned water into wine to keep the party going.  He is still the Creator God, but now He stands on earth as a man.  He speaks “let there be…” and things are.  But He doesn’t give a little.  He gives a lot.  Too much.  An excess.  More than the whole party could possibly need.  And its the best.  It is the best wine any of the guests have ever tasted.  Jesus does the same thing with life.  He gives His own life, that the party can keep going eternally.  And His giving of Himself is excessive.  He keeps giving and giving, even now that He has risen from the dead and lives forever – He continues to give us His life.  And its the best.  No one has ever tasted a life better than the one who is forgiven and free in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

 

For those looking to understand more…

Genesis records that on the third day of creation, God made seed-bearing plants with fruit.  In this account from the Gospel of John, we are shown the meaning of this wine wedding miracle.  John starts his Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…  All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that has been made… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.”  Then Jesus, on the third day of John’s Gospel turns water into wine.  It is as if He said, “Look, I’m doing it again.  I made this delicious grape for you on the third day of creation.  And here I make it for you again.”  But its fulfilled.  Even as the Word is now flesh (human), this grape is now wine.  Christ is the finished gift of God to us.  He is the Father’s best.  He is an excessive gift to us.  May all the grace of Christ fill you up and overflow unto others with joy.

 

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, You know how to give good gifts.  You give me Yourself – the very best.  You hold nothing back – yes – You are excessive in Your good giving.  Fill me with faith, that I may see the good in all Your gifts and rejoice that You are my God.  In Your Holy Name I pray, Amen.

 

Schedule for 2017-18

                     

       September

  • 6 – Creation (Gen. 1)
  • 13 – Creation (Gen. 1-2)
  • 20 – Creation: Adam and Eve (Gen. 2)
  • 27- Fall (Gen. 3)

       October

  • 4 – Cain and Abel (Gen. 4)
  • 11 – Noah and the Flood (Gen. 6-7)
  • 18 – God’s Promise to Noah (Gen. 8-9)
  • 25 – Joseph and his brothers (Gen. 37)

       November

  • 1 – Joseph’s troubles (Gen. 39)
  • 8 – Joseph feed Egypt (Gen. 40-41)
  • 15 – Joseph forgives (Gen. 42-45)
  • 22 – Jacob blesses his children (Gen. 48-49)
  • 29 – Annunciation (Luke 1)

       December

  • 6 – Joseph’s Dream (Matt. 1)
  • 13 – Mary visits Elizabeth (Luke 1)
  • 20 – Birth (Luke 2)

       January

  • 10 – Jesus changes water into wine (John 2)
  • 17 – Jesus feeds 5000 (John 6)
  • 24 – Jesus heals ten men with Leprosy (Luke 17)
  • 31 – Parable of the Sower (Matt. 13:1-9,18-23)

       February

  • 7 – Parable of the weeds (Matt. 13:24-30)
  • 14 – Baptism of Christ (John 1; Matt. 3)
  • 21 – Temptation of Christ (Matt. 4; Mark 1; Luke 4)
  • 28 – Triumphal Entry (Matt. 21)

       March

  • 7 – Lord’s Supper (Luke 21-22)
  • 14 – Peter denies Jesus (Mark 14)
  • 21 – Passion of Christ (Matt. 27)
  • 28 – Jesus dies (Luke 23)

       April

  • 4 – Resurrection (John 20)
  • 11 – Jesus appears on the road (Luke 24)
  • 18 – Jesus appears to Thomas (John 20)
  • 25 – Jesus appears in Galilee (John 21)

      May

  • 9 – Jesus Ascends into Heaven (John 21; Acts 1)
  • 16 – I am the Vine; You are the branches (John 15)
  • 23 – God sends the Holy Spirit (Acts 2)
  • 30 – Peter and John heal the lame man (Acts 3)

       June

  • 6 – Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8)
  • 13 – Conversion of Saul (Acts 9)
  • 20 – Paul and Silas in prison (Acts 16)
  • 27 – John’s vision of Heaven (Revelation 21-22)