Woodbury Salterton
C of E Primary School

Collective Worship at Home - 26/06

Friday 26th June 2020

 

We have gathered together to worship God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and to learn about the time when Jesus overturned the tables in the temple.

Today we are thinking about the value of peace.

 

I wonder if you can remember a time that something or someone made you angry?

 

Anger can be a destructive emotion. It can lead us to losing our temper and saying or doing bad things that we later regret.

 

However, getting angry about something that is unfair or wrong can also lead us to take action.

 

Two hundred years ago, Elizabeth Fry, a young mother at the time, was horrified by the conditions for people, particularly women, in prison and she spent the rest of her life working to make things better.

 

George Muller was angry to find children roaming the streets after cholera had killed their parents and left them orphans and homeless. He and his wife opened the doors of their own home to look after them and this act of kindness was the start of their work to build and run orphanages that would help thousands of children.

Sometimes it is hard to imagine Jesus being angry, but the Bible tells us about a time that he became furious about the way the temple, the house of God, was being treated.

 

In those days, when people wanted to give thanks or say sorry to God for something in their lives, they went to the temple to offer a sacrifice. This was a pigeon or dove if they were poor or a bull, sheep or goat if they were wealthy. However, it was expensive to buy the animals and birds at the temple. The tradesmen took advantage of ordinary people and made huge profits by overcharging them. In addition, special coins were needed to pay for the sacrificial animals and the money changers also made huge profits for themselves. Perhaps it is no wonder that Jesus became angry when he saw the place that was set aside for people to pray in peace, being turned into a market place.

Learning

A sound story: Jesus in the Temple

Directions: Voice 1 begins, rhythmically repeating their line over and over. Voice 2 joins in, then voice 3 and so on until all voices build into a crescendo, creating the soundscape of a very noisy market place.

Voice 1: Buy your pigeons here, bargain prices. Buy your pigeons here, bargain prices….

Voice 2: Snowy white doves, best value ever. Snowy white doves, best value ever…

Voice 3: New season lambs for sale. New season lambs for sale…

Voice 4: Great price on goats, you won’t find better. Great price on goats, you won’t find better….

Voicer 5: Prize bulls on offer, don’t miss out. Prize bulls on offer, don’t miss out…

Voice 6: Change your money here, excellent exchange rate. Change your money here, excellent exchange rate…

A LOUD CRASH then silence, after which Jesus shouts …

Jesus: It is written in the scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer.’ But you are making it a den of thieves.

Look at the picture below.

Reflecting:

What do you think the men in the picture are saying to Jesus?

Why are they so angry?

What do you think Jesus is saying to them?

 

Responding:

The temple courtyard was the place that ordinary people went to pray. It should have been tranquil and quiet. A place of peace to draw close to God.

Jesus ordered all the tradesmen and money changers to leave so that peace and stillness could return.

I wonder where you like to go to find peace? Sometimes it is difficult to find a peaceful place. At these times, we can use our imagination.

 

A Guided Meditation

Sit in a way that is comfortable for you.

Now, turn your attention to your breath, feeling it enter and leave your body, filling your body with life.

Be aware of your breath as it moves in and out. Focus on your breath for a few moments.

If your mind wanders, don’t be worried; just bring it back to concentrating on your breathing, in and out.

We are going to use our imagination to picture a peaceful and beautiful place.

It could be anywhere, inside or outdoors. It might be an imaginary place or a real place that you know about.

Imagine that you are opening a door. You are standing looking at this beautiful place.

It could be anywhere, inside or outdoors. It might be an imaginary place or a real place that you know about.

Imagine that you are opening a door. You are standing looking at this beautiful place.

Step inside and close the door behind you.

What can you see? What can you hear? What can you smell?

Now you are going to walk into your place of peace and sit down. All the thoughts that usually fill your mind have been left behind, behind the door.

There is rest and stillness here.

It may be that you are aware of God’s love surrounding you as you sit quietly. This is a place in which it is easy to talk to God.

Let us just enjoy a few moments of quiet.

Now slowly stand and turn towards the door. Walk back through it.

(Bring the meditation to a close by saying the prayer.)

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus

Thank you for places of peace,

Where our minds can be still and our hearts

Can be open to you.

Amen

 

When you are ready, open your eyes. Remember you can return to your place of peace whenever you need to. It is there waiting for you.

Let us sing the hymn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BkoaPTeZM0

LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH

 

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth

The peace that was meant to be.

With God as our Father

Brothers all are we

Let me walk with my brother

In perfect harmony.

 

Let peace begin with me

Let this be the moment now

With every step I take

Let this be my solemn vow

To take each moment

And live each moment

In peace eternally

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me.

 

 

 

Poppy from Woodbury Salterton School has written a prayer for us to share. Let us pray.

Dear Lord,

Let there be peace,

Not just nationally but internationally.

May all war end.

Let there be love.

Let no hatred take over.

Give us more and more peace to share.

Let us all live a happy and peaceful life forever more.

Amen.