17.01.2020 - In our reflection this week, we have heard the story of Simeon and Anna; Jesus was revealed in the
temple and the people felt the presence of not just a baby but the Messiah. For those within the temple, they felt the gifts of this spirit amongst them. The values of hope, love and peace filled the temple and these should fill our hearts each and everyday. We have lived our faith in action with our ‘Pray for Australia’ reflection point on the stage sharing these values.
“He is a light to reveal God to the nations and he is the glory of your people”
10.01.2020 - Epiphany has been a focus for our reflection this week; a time to think about the Magi (Three Wise
Men) who visited the stable after Jesus' birth. ‘After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his
star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-12
Travelling from afar with gifts with great significance to Jesus' life. The gift of Jesus' birth is to be shared; his gifts of love, compassion and peace reflect the true meaning of Christmas. May we share his gifts as we start this new year.
13.12.2019 - Lighting a candle is a simple yet profound act. It is a testimony to the power of light over darkness. As
we light the third candle of Advent, we continue our journey to Christmas. The third candle of Advent
is called the Joy candle; as we anticipate Christmas, let us remember the joy felt by those who realised
what was happening. ‘I will turn their mourning into gladness. I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.’ Jeremiah 31:13
29.11.19 - The season of Advent within the Church calendar is almost upon on. Advent is time of waiting and preparation. In our lives today, we will spend time preparing and waiting for Christmas to be upon us. The prophesy foretold the birth of Christ many years before in the book of Isaiah. ‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’
01.11.2019 - In our reflection this week, we have taken time to think, respond and share to Jesus' teaching on living
well. We have used the saying 'a tree is known by its fruit'.
Jesus said: ''A healthy tree does not beat bad fruit, nor does a poor tree bear good fruit. Every tree
is known by the fruit bears; you do not pick figs from thorn bushes or gather grapes from bramble bushes' Luke 6:43-45
What was Jesus teaching his disciples?
He used these examples to teach us how to live well. A good person brings god out of the treasure of good things in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Our reflection this week has been focused on the celebration of Harvest. We use the word celebration as we have much to be celebrate and be thankful for this year. It is at this time of year, the crops and our rich harvest is gathered in and we reflect on the gifts we have. From this we share our values of hope, dignity and generosity to those who are need in our local community and globally. Our vision to live the faith in action has been demonstrated today through the gifts we have brought in and shared as a school family. ‘Those who are generous are blessed for they share their bread with the poor’ Proverbs 22:9
Our value this week has been forgiveness and it has been a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how we can live this value in action. What does it mean to forgive? How do you truly forgive someone? Through our discussions we have talked about forgetting the hurt, offering a new beginning, not holding a grudge and saying sorry to one another. Jesus used his teachings to help us understand how we can do this and even at the most difficult time in his life he was able to forgive. ‘Forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.’ Matthew 6:12
In our worship this week, we have reflected on the word judgement and what this looks like in action. We have reflected and discussed big questions, for example ‘What would the world look like if it was free of judgement?’ ‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged’ Luke 6:37
What does this look like in action? The story of Father Damian, a man who carried out his faith in action by devoting his life to supporting people with leprosy. He used the teachings of Jesus to live out his faith. As we have shared this week if we can all do this the world will be peaceful, full of compassion and friendship.
This week we have been thinking about the importance of prayer. In Matthew 6:9-13 we find Jesus instructing his apostles on how they should pray. This well-known Scripture is remembered as The Lord’s Prayer. Prayer is an important part of our reflection time in school. A time to be still, wonder, seek and talk quietly to God. ‘Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.’ Mark 11: 24
This week in our worship and reflection time we have thought about one of the Beatitudes: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’
It is important to reflect on how we can be peacemakers and show our faith in action. Jesus’ example
of living his faith through action has inspired others to do the same. His example inspired Desmond
Tutu and we have learnt about his vision for peace, joy and compassion for all. A peacemaker must
have peace within themselves, so that they can enable others to have peace.
Our school vision, 'Let Your Light Shine' is at the heart of this new academic year.It is taken from Matthew's Gospel. Jesus had gathered a large crowd around him to deliver his sermon. We encourage our school family to share the Christian faith and to know that everyone is blessed in different ways. Jesus told us to let our lights shine so that others, seeing our good works would glorify our Father in Heaven.
But what does it really mean?
We should act in a way, that others see Jesus in us and because oqf what they see they glorify God. How will you let your light shine this year?