w/c 16th October
Our reading this week is Matthew 22: 1-14
A Story About People Invited to a Dinner
22 Jesus used some more stories to teach the people. He said, 2 “God’s kingdom is like a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son. 3 He invited some people to the feast. When it was ready, the king sent his servants to tell the people to come. But they refused to come to the king’s feast.
4 “Then the king sent some more servants. He said to them, ‘I have already invited the people. So tell them that my feast is ready. I have killed my best bulls and calves to be eaten. Everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.’
5 “But when the servants told the people to come, they refused to listen. They all went to do other things. One went to work in his field, and another went to his business. 6 Some of the other people grabbed the servants, beat them, and killed them. 7 The king was very angry. He sent his army to kill those who murdered his servants. And the army burned their city.
8 “After that the king said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready. I invited those people, but they were not good enough to come to my feast. 9 So go to the street corners and invite everyone you see. Tell them to come to my feast.’ 10 So the servants went into the streets. They gathered all the people they could find, good and bad alike, and brought them to where the wedding feast was ready. And the place was filled with guests.
11 “When the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in the right clothes for a wedding. 12 The king said, ‘Friend, how were you allowed to come in here? You are not wearing the right clothes.’ But the man said nothing. 13 So the king told some servants, ‘Tie this man’s hands and feet. Throw him out into the darkness, where people are crying and grinding their teeth with pain.’
14 “Yes, many people are invited. But only a few are chosen.”
Prayer for the week:
Sorry for the times I make up unnecessary excuses - please forgive me.
Thank you for welcoming all kinds of people - please help me to do the same.
Song for the week: The Lord's My Shepherd
We thought about whether we have made up excuses for not doing something. She gave us some scenarios and asked us what excuses we might use:
I'm sorry I haven't done my homework but...
I'm sorry I haven't tidied my bedroom but...
I'm sorry I was late to school but...
I'm sorry I was late home from football training last night but...
I'm sorry I was rude to my sibling but...
I'm sorry I didn't play with that child on their own at break but...
Mrs Newland then told us a version of the reading for the week. We thought about the excuses of the wedding guests and whether they were reasonable. We then thought back to our excuses from the statements and considered whether they were reasonable.
We thought about whether we sometimes make excuses to avoid doing something we don't want to do.
We thought about how Christians believe the King in the bible reading represents Jesus and that we shouldn't avoid doing something Jesus wants us to do. But also that he is there for everyone.
We though about whether we are like the King in the story and welcome all kinds of people.
Mrs Newland set us a challenge to be truthful and try to include everyone to make school happier and better for everyone!
We have also been thinking about succeeding in challenges in our Big Thought worship.
Questions to think about at home:
What are you thankful for? Why?
Challenge: Can you think of something to be thankful for every day for a week? Are some days easier than other? Why/why not?