Everyday School, Everyday Worship

Everyday School, Everyday Worship

Thursday, 21 June 2018  | Di - Assistant Principal - Primary

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Romans 12 :1&2

Picture the excitement of two Foundation students knocking at my office door grasping scrapbooks in their hands. They share their newly emerging ability to read and write. They are thrilled to be acknowledged with high fives and a sticker.

The email from the Middle Primary teacher to staff that declares a student has jumped 4 reading levels since the start of the year. We celebrate together. The Senior Primary student who has brought their ‘best game’ to their writing workshop and produced an inspired piece reducing their teacher to tears with the depth of passion displayed.

Out in the playground we see a student struggling with a friendship issue, feeling overwhelmed and asking for their teacher’s help to resolve things and to help them feel better about being at school. It’s hard to work out this friendship stuff. Mrs Dykstra sits down with the group and they come up with a list to help them be kind, look out for each other and be inclusive. They will keep working at this and not give up.

Minds grappling with Maths games declaring that they have just had the ‘Best Maths lesson EVER!’ after our ‘Intentional Fun Maths’ workshops with Andrew

As we do ‘school’ each day all these ordinary, everyday community and learning experiences are not just ordinary; they are extraordinary. They are our life together lived in response to our God.

This year the Primary school are focussing on how we can take our everyday school life and place it before God as worship. Our everyday playing outside, getting along, working out our friendships, reading, writing, spelling, maths, our P.E, music, Indonesian studies and art is our worship. As we learn individually and together in community, we share our life and we offer it up to God. Giving our school life to God is about restoring relationships, doing our best, caring about what we do and producing beautiful work. We are able to be creative in our work and relationship as we reflect our maker. We are made in His image.

We show kindness and gratitude developing a heart that cares for others. ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbour as yourself.’ Luke 10:27

Timothy Keller describes the freeing nature of the gospel as allowing us such true identity that we can love and serve in the world.

“But the gospel frees us from the relentless pressure of having to prove ourselves and secure our identity through work, for we are already proven and secure. It also frees us from a condescending attitude toward less sophisticated labour and from envy over more exalted work. All work now becomes a way to love the God who saved us freely; and by extension, a way to love our neighbour. So Luther could write about believers: “Even their seemingly secular works are a worship of God and an obedience well pleasing to God.”

He also said, “Why should I not therefore freely, joyfully, with all my heart, and with an eager will… give myself as a Christ to my neighbour, just as Christ offered himself to me… since through faith I have an abundance of all good things in Christ?”
(from “Every Good Endeavour: Connecting Your Work to God’s Plan for the World” p75)

It has been an interesting journey for the Primary school to realise that worship isn’t just about singing in church. It is the things we do each day as we bring them to God and lay them before God as a gift of thanks. At the recent whole school assembly the Primary students were able to share their artwork, music, writing and ideas around worship in everyday life.

We have seen how our students are developing in their understanding of living our lives in response to the awe-inspiring God who is the creator and sustainer of the world. As our students come to understand the depth of love God has for us, how he has made us in his image, and how he wants us to join in the work of restoration of the world, they have been able to grasp a little of what it means to live in response to the almighty God. We are able to join Lily in Year 4 as she says... “the ordinary for us is the extraordinary for God!”

Let it be Enough

It takes little faith to see the sacred in the extraordinary.

To have faith the sacred is in the ordinary, though,
takes courage to believe the mundane can be enough;
that grace can emerge
even through the dull,
the slightly disappointing,
the not quite right,
not quite as we intended,
not really what we hoped;
the clumsy,
the awkward,
and the imperfect.

Let your act of faith be, to let what you do be enough.

Let what you do be enough…

written by Cherie, posted on [hold this space].


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