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Back to Our Senses 2: Hearing

To reflect on hearing God's message

by Helen Redfern

Suitable for Key Stage 3

Aims

To reflect on hearing God’s message.

Preparation and materials

This is the second in a series of five assemblies looking at Jesus’ response to our senses.

You will need:

  • to prepare some sound effects or some introductions to popular songs. Many CDs are available from libraries, or else visit a website like http://www.a1freesoundeffects.com/ , from which you can download sound effects. Alternatively, the children’s game Soundtracks has a tape of everyday sounds.

Obviously the issue of deafness and hearing impairment is a sensitive one and this assembly should be approached with care, especially if you have students who are differently-abled.

Bible reading

Mark 7.31-7.

Assembly

             Introduction

  1. Isn’t it great to be able to hear? To listen to your favourite band or be moved by the emotion of a love song, to be woken up by the birds in the trees, to spend hours talking with friends on your mobile!
  2. Imagine not being able to hear – you may know people who are partially or completely deaf – the world would become a completely different place without hearing.
  3. Most of us take being able to hear for granted, but just how good are we at recognizing sounds or music, even ones that we hear every day?

    Interactive exercise

  4. Either play some sound effects or short introductions of current songs to the children and get them to guess in pairs what they are listening to.
  5. Say that our ears are very important to us. Jesus thought so too. While he was on the earth, he promised to make the deaf hear again. Let’s hear an example.

    Bible reading

  6. Mark 7.31–7.
  7. This man was desperate to hear and Jesus made him hear again! How amazing! The man must have been ecstatic. Jesus told them not to tell anyone about it – but how could they stay quiet? They had seen a miracle!!
  8. Hearing with our ears is important, but the Bible also talks about hearing in our hearts. As we go through our lives it is hearing through our hearts that will have more impact on ourselves and those around us.

Time for reflection

Reflection:

Spiritual hearing

Sometimes we need to hear a friendly voice.

But all our ears can hear is criticism, angry words, name calling.

We harden our hearts and cannot hear special words of love and acceptance.

Listen to love.

They who have ears to hear, let them hear.

Sometimes we need some good advice.

But all our ears can hear is conflicting opinions, the easy option, tempting distractions.

We harden our hearts and cannot hear right words of truth and guidance.

Listen to what is right.

They who have ears to hear, let them hear.

They who have ears to hear, let them hear love.

They who have ears to hear, let them hear what is right.

They who have ears to hear, let them hear words of Life.

They who have ears to hear, let them hear.

(Based on Luke 8.11–15)

 

Prayer:

Thank you, Father God, for the gift of hearing.

Help us not to take it for granted but to enjoy all that sounds so beautiful in the world around us.

Help us to remember those who cannot hear; help us to show consideration and kindness to them.

Show us how the ears of our hearts can be opened to your teaching and guidance.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Hymn

‘I listen and I listen' (Come and Praise, 60)

Publication date: June 2005   (Vol.7 No.6)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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