Thank you to Class 5 who led our worship at Southwark Cathedral this morning. They reflected on 3 passages from the Bible; Jesus Calls the First Disciples, The Wedding in Cana and The Parable of the Mustard Seed. They thoughtfully linked these stories to our school motto, “life in all its fullness” and each child planted a seed which they are going to nurture and bring to the Cathedral as part of their Year 6 leaver’s service next year.
Here are a selection of reflections:
“To me, this parable is like us all having many nets; all full of something that makes the world a better place. Some of our nets are full of kindness, or faith, talent, forgiveness and wisdom. We all have the nets; they represent who we are – however, we do not have a net for evil- because God always cleanses our sins. When our nets are full, we achieve something amazing, we are making ourselves better people.”
“Jesus said that the mustard seed will grow and grow to be the biggest plant, and what Jesus means is that the mustard seed is us, and we will grow in faithfulness. Also the school motto is full of peace, trust and worth, and it will last forever in us.”
“To me, the mustard seed represents a diminutive, new little baby, who is unnoticed and doesn’t yet know about the world. As the baby grows, it experiences life; faith, peace and truthfulness bloom, expanding inside the child. Branches forming on the tree represent growing successes and spreading the word of God. Life in all its fullness is like the tree, becoming the home of many creatures, unfurling its warmth and fullness. Birds build their nests in the tree’s loving arms; the sun sets and rises, animals are born, and leaves sprout, but the tree is always there.”
“I think that the parable of the water jars tells us that if you live life in all its fullness then others can enjoy it as well. In my mind, lives are the water at first, however, when we start knowing and enjoying things, we turn into the finest wine. The servants took the wine to the host and he was delighted; we can give that same delight to other people by living life to the full. Live life in all its fullness. That’s what we believe.”
“Wine is much more powerful and interesting, full of flavour and fun. To live life in all its fullness everyone should be having fun, enjoying themselves and living life to the greatest that it can be.”
Class 5 wrote prayers to end the service.
Thank you for all of the warm, happy souls in the world and the loving families that care endlessly for us. Thank you for giving us life – challenging opportunities and colourful lives like wine. Thank you for your love, which surges through our hearts and bodies everyday. Thank you for giving us luck, kindness and peace in our lives. Thank you for helping our spirits grow and grow, like the mustard seed.