Chapel Themes and Schedule for 2018-2019
Chapel Theme 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
Thomas wasn’t there on the night of the resurrection. And when his friends told him “they had seen the Lord,” he denied it saying, “Unless I put my finger in the holes of His hands, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe.”
What was happening in Thomas’ heart for him to deny all his friends? Was he at peace? No. He was angry. Hurt. Trying to protect himself from being hurt again. He loved Jesus. He was counting on Him to be the Messiah – his king. But then Jesus got crucified. Dead and buried. And Thomas lost faith. He thought Jesus had let him down. And it hurt.
You can hear it in his words. He almost spits them out. NO! Never! Not unless I put my finger in the holes. Not unless I put my hand into His side. Thomas is not at peace. Because he doesn’t believe.
What does Jesus do? Does He stay far away from Thomas because He knows he’s angry? Does He cut Thomas off from Him, treat Him like an enemy? No. He draws near. He comes closer. Enters into the locked doors of Thomas’ anger with His peace. He comes with His wounds to push away Thomas’ anger with His peace. Brings His wounds of peace right to him.
Do the wounds change Thomas? Yes. He goes from “I will never believe” to “My Lord and my God!” From unbelief to faith. Anger to Peace. Being all alone to sharing this new life with Christ and all his friends.
Do Jesus’ healed wounds change you? Yes. These wounds promise you the same peace. Jesus holds them out for you, so you join Thomas in moving from unbelief to faith. Anger to peace. Being alone to sharing His new life with all believers.
No, you don’t see them – you hear them. You hear their promise. “Blessed are those who have not seen, yet have believed,” Jesus said. Jesus says its not about seeing the wounds. Its about hearing their promise. Trusting He has those wounds for you. And when you take Him at His Word – you are more blessed than Thomas.
Beautiful Savior – God bless you. God bless your faith. Christ fill you with His peace through His holy wounds that He has for you. May your heart rest in those wounds alone that trusting in Him you may be ruled by the peace that grows from Him.
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Heavenly Father, I need Your peace. You know how my heart is troubled. Hold Your Son’s healed wounds before my eyes. Remind me that He rose for me, and not for Himself. He lives to silence all my fears. He lives to calm my troubled heart. He lives all blessings to impart. Fill me with His peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Schedule for 2018-2019
- 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)
- 7 – Abraham and the Promise of a son (Gen. 12:1-7)
- 14 – Manna in Wilderness (Ex. 16:3,11-21)
- 21 – Elizabeth and Zechariah (Luke 1:5 – 25)
- 28 – The Church waiting for Christ to return
- 5 – Gabriel Visits Mary (Luke 1:26-38)
- 12 – Angel Visits Joseph (Matt. 1:18-25)
- 19 – Birth of Christ (Luke 2:1-20)
- 9 – Jacob with Rachel (Gen.29:1-3,9-20)
- 16 – Elijah in Wilderness (1 Kings 19:1-8)
- 23 – Last Supper (Luke 22:14-23)
- 30 – Thief on the Cross (Luke 23:39-43)
- 6 – Abraham and Isaac (Gen.22:1-14)
- 13 – Golden Calf (Ex. 32:1-14)
- 20 – Jesus’ Arrest (Matt. 26.47-56)
- 27 – Jesus’ Last Words (Luke 23:44-46)
- 6 – Cupbearer Forgets Joseph in Prison (Gen. 40:9-15,20-23)
- 13 – Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
- 20 – Jesus’ Disciples Flee (Mark 14:43-50)
- 27 – Joseph’s Brothers Forgiven (Gen. 50:15-21)
- 3 – Birth of Moses (Ex. 2:1-10)
- 10 – Jesus Mocked (Luke 23:32-37)
- 17 – Jesus Dies (Matt. 27:45-54)
- 24 – Mary at the Tomb (John 20:11-18)
- 1 – Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)
- 8 – Jesus Appears to Disciples Upper Room (John 20:19-23)
- 15 – Jesus Appears to Thomas (John 20:24-31)
- 22 – Red Sea Crossing (Ex. 14:5-29)
- 29 – Dove Returns to Ark (Gen. 8:1-11)
- 5 – People Rebel and Moses Intercedes (Numbers 14:1-24)
- 12 – Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8:2-11)
- 19 – Jesus struck in court (John 18:19-24)
- 26 – Great Commission (Matt.2 8:16-20)