The Chaplain's Column - October 2021

The Chaplain's Column - October 2021

The Chaplain’s Column – October 2021

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To make Chapel time more relevant and meaningful for the Junior School, the reflections have been based on the social and emotional themes which have been discussed in class over the last semester.

Thus Year 3 to Year 6 have looked at such topics as leadership, gratitude, and kindness in their Chapel services while Prep to Year 2 have looked at such topics as persistence, gratefulness, and respect. Indeed, last Thursday with the Prep-Year 2 Chapel, we looked at the theme of “worrying less”.

The reading was chosen from St Matthew’s Gospel 6, beginning at verse 25: (Jesus said) “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

The reflection in the service, brought out that worrying is a natural part of life if we define “worrying” as thinking and planning ahead. But worrying can easily become excessive which eventually stops us doing anything worthwhile as all our energies are expanded on thinking “What if?”. But Jesus shows us the way forward from this fretting and that is by simply adjusting the focus on our negative internal monologue to looking at the external world around us, its beauty, and its diversity.

To illustrate this message, the students were shown pictures of various Australian birds such as Rainbow Lorikeets, Major Mitchell Cockatoos and Superb Blue Wrens. They also looked at pictures of Australian wildflowers in bloom as well as being directed to observe the stained-glass windows in the Chapel which display the floral emblems of the six Houses in our school.

From this perspective, one could say that Jesus was telling his disciples not to become self-obsessed with the minutiae of life but rather always look towards what was important in that life. Thus, he concluded his teaching with the words: “strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” The hymns and songs we sing in Chapel are also chosen to reflect and underscore the theme of the service. So last Thursday’s opening hymn was the following:

 

If you’re feeling sad and weary
and you’re down in the dumps,
down in the dumps, down in the dumps,
If you’re feeling sad and weary
and you’re down in the dumps,
There’s something you can do.

Don’t be grumpy,
Don’t go on and on,
Don’t be grumpy,
Don’t you spoil the fun!
Count your blessings,
Name them one by one,
Count your blessings,
See what God has done!

Fr Patrick Duckworth
School Chaplain

Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace