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Moses' messages from the Mountain - 2

To look at the Third Commandment.

by Gordon and Ronni Lamont

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)

Aims

To look at the Third Commandment.

Preparation and materials

  • Look through the poem in advance.

Assembly

Recall the previous assembly about the Ten Commandments. If necessary, go back over the story. Introduce the third commandment as: 'Keep one holy day each week.' Ask for any suggestions as to what this might mean. Draw out a number of ideas of what a holy day might involve:

  • thinking about God
  • thinking about each other
  • thinking about the world
  • praising Goden
  • joying each other's company
  • having a rest
  • not thinking about work
  • thinking back over the week
  • meeting people
  • sharing food and drink with others
  • hearing stories about faith

Use the following to focus thoughts. You could get the children to join in with the refrain.

Moses on the mountain heard the news from God.
Here's what you should do, here's the news for you.
Keep one day a week free from doing your jobs.
Here's the news for you, here's what you should do.

You need a time to rest, a time to stop and think.
Here's what you should do, here's the news for you.
A time to be with others, share some food and drink.
Here's the news for you, here's what you should do.

A time to worship God, say thanks for all you've done.
Here's what you should do, here's the news for you.
Share the old stories, share with everyone.
Here's the news for you, here's what you should do.

 

Time for reflection

Dear God,
Thank you that you want us to take time out
to stop and think,
to worship,
to share time together
and to think about each other and the world.
Amen.

Song/music

'To everything, turn' (Come and Praise, 113)

Publication date: March 2001   (Vol.3 No.3)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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