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There’s More to Life . . .

An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive

Suitable for Whole School (Sec) - Church Schools

Aims

To look beyond the obvious and the material world.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need a leader and three readers, who will need time to rehearse prior to the assembly.

  • You will also need a bunch of flowers.

  • Optional: you may wish to use the Bible passage from Matthew 6.25-27.

Assembly

Leader: Sometimes, life seems like a routine.

Reader 2: School . . . homework . . . bed . . . school . . . homework . . . bed . . .

Leader: And it can feel the same at weekends, too.

Reader 1: Shopping . . . eating . . . TV . . . bed . . . shopping . . . eating . . . TV . . . bed . . .

Leader: And at weekends if you’re hard-working . . .

Reader 2: Shopping . . . eating . . . homework . . . TV . . . bed . . . shopping . . . eating . . . homework . . . TV . . . bed . . .

Leader: And if youre less hard-working . . .

Reader 3: Shopping . . . eating . . . partying . . . TV . . . bed . . . shopping . . . eating . . . partying . . . TV . . . bed . . .

Leader: But then something changes . . .

Produce the bunch of flowers.

Reader 1: Someone becomes ill.

Reader 2: People get into financial difficulty.

Reader 3: Someone dies.

Leader: Something happens that makes us stop and think.

Reader 1: We realize that there is more to life.

Reader 2: More than shopping . . . eating . . . homework . . . TV . . . bed . . .

Reader 3: More than shopping . . . eating . . . partying . . . TV . . . bed . . .

Leader: People matter more than routines.

Time for reflection

Reader 1: When did we last show someone that we cared?

Reader 2: When did we last thank someone for what they do for us or even for who they are?

Reader 1: Sometimes, we need to take time out of our routines to do things for other people.

Reader 2: Sometimes, we need to take time out of our routines to reflect on what life is really all about.

Reader 3: A passage in the Bible speaks about the importance of realizing what really matters in life. Matthew 6.25-27 says, ‘“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Prayer
Dear God,
Please help us to see what matters most in our lives.
Please help us to care about other people.
Please help us to show people that we love them.
Please help us to have good priorities.

Amen.

Publication date: July 2018   (Vol.20 No.7)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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