Worship With Father Kevin - Hope
Today, our worship time was started with the help of Lacey-Belle as she said the important phrase, 'The Lord is Here'.
Mrs Lightfoot reminded the children that today is a very important day - It's Internet Safety Day! We all use our devices to communicate, research, play games and to have fun! We are all very keen to explain how things work, but the most important thing we need to consider is how to stay safe and what to do if something goes wrong. Today is about 'shining a light' on the internet and discussing how to stay safe.
Father Kevin reminded the children that Jesus had lots of disciples. A disciple is someone who listens and learns from the teacher - Jesus was the teacher. In school, our senior teacher is Mrs Lightfoot. This means that everyone at St John's, teachers and children, are disciples to her.
The teachers must have something special about them - something which makes other want to listen and learn from them. Father Kevin reminded the children that Jesus went to the river and told people that he did not want them fishing for fish anymore, but instead, to fish for men. For the men to leave their families and change their jobs, there must have been something extremely special about Jesus.
5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
The children then discussed what Jesus may have looked like. Father Kevin explained that it doesn't actually matter what Jesus looked like - the important point was that Jesus gave hope to the people who he met. They then discussed the meaning of hope. Jesus helped the people believe in themselves and they thought that they could be better than they were at that moment in time. Sometimes, we drift through the days and have limited control to what happens to us - we must follow rules that are set - but we do have times that we can have hope and become better than we are at that moment. If we have hope, we will realise that things can ALWAYS be better, but it depends on how positive we are and how much hope we have.
Father Kevin reminded the children that they are responsible for their goals and achievements. When they look in the mirror at night, there will only be themselves staring back at them. Every night, it is important to think if today has been a successful day? Did we have hope and did we give others hope to help them to be the best version of the person they can be?
As we thank you for a new day, we ask that you will give us your blessing, wisdom and strength to help us to become the best version of ourselves. We hope that you will guide us to have hope and to give hope to others.