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Reflections About God

An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive

Suitable for Whole School (Sec)

Aims

To reflect upon our opinions and ideas about God.

Preparation and materials

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

Assembly

Leader: Today, with the help of the readers, I want to think about people and how we see them. We’re going to read out a list of people and pause after each one while you consider whether we see them as important and relevant. (You may wish to ask the students to indicate their answers by raising a hand.)

Reader 1: Marcus Rashford.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Reader 2: Emma Watson.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Reader 3: Beyoncé.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Reader 1: The Pope.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Reader 2: Ellie Simmonds.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Reader 3: Ed Sheeran.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Reader 1: John Boyega.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Reader 2: The Queen.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Reader 3: God.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Time for reflection

Leader: It makes you think, doesn’t it? How do we make our judgements of people? How do we decide who is worth more? Who really does make a contribution to the world?

Reader 1: What do we think about God?

Reader 2: Do we see him as an old man with a long beard?

Reader 3: Do we imagine him sitting in the sky?

Reader 1: Do we see him as an important part of the past?

Reader 2: Do we see him as vitally important today?

Reader 3: Is he the ultimate creator of the world?

Reader 1: Is he full of love for us?

Reader 2: How do we picture God?

Reader 3: The writers of the Psalms in the Bible have a few things to say about their idea of God.

Reader 1: Psalm 8 says, ‘Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! . . . When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?’

Reader 2: Psalm 103.11 says, ‘For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.’

Reader 3: Psalm 136.26 says, ‘Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

Leader: So, what is your view of God? Have you ever stopped to think about it? Maybe it is worth a few moments of quiet later to consider whether God is real and, if so, what he is really like.

Publication date: December 2018   (Vol.20 No.12)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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