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….

Based on Bible Verse:
Ex. 2:1-10

This week in chapel we began looking a different fruit God’s Spirit makes grow in us by faith: goodness.What is goodness?  What does it mean to be good?

It is important for us to talk about this because most people use the word good in the wrong way.  And it confuses what goodness is.

Goodness is not a feeling.  I.e. “How you are feeling? … Good.”  No.  I am feeling well.  Good is the wrong word.

Goodness is not even an action.  i.e. “I did good.”  No.  I did well.  Good is the wrong word.

Goodness is a desire.  An intention.  One that doesn’t look at itself, because it is looking out at others.  You cannot look at yourself and say “I’m good,” because goodness doesn’t notice itself.  Goodness has desires for the needs of others.  Goodness wants for those around you.  Goodness desires the best for other people, because that’s what goodness is.

We saw it in our story of baby Moses.

Pharoah wants him dead.  God wants him safe.  Pharoah is not good because he is focused on himself.  God is good.  His focus is on Moses and His enslaved people.

Pharoah wants power for himself.  God hides His power in a little baby floating in a basket.

Pharoah looks like he is in charge.  God is in charge, protecting Moses.

We see God’s good heart, and we see Pharoah’s evil heart.

What about us?  Is the focus of our hearts always on the good of others – or are there times we focus on ourselves?  This is why we need Jesus.  Everyone of us has a heart that turns away from good towards itself.  It wants what it wants.  We need forgiveness, a new heart and salvation – and that’s why God sends Jesus.  Jesus is good.  He works for our salvation even when we turn from Him.  He makes Himself vulnerable on the cross – like Moses in the basket – specifically so He can give us His goodness.  Put your trust in Him.  Don’t trust in your heart.  Trust in God’s goodness for you in Jesus.

Image for this week’s bible lesson.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I thank You that You are good to me, even though I am not always good to You or others.  Turn my heart to Your goodness, that I might trust only in You, and be shaped into Your goodness to the benefit of those around me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Schedule for 2018-19

                     

       September

       October

       November

       December

  • 5 – Gabriel Visits Mary (Luke 1:26-38)
  • 12 – Angel Visits Joseph (Matt. 1:18-25)
  • 19 – Birth of Christ (Luke 2:1-20)

       January

  • 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)

       February

  • 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)

       March

  • 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)

       April

  • 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)

      May

  • 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)

       June

  • 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)