Collective Worship week of 22nd June
This is the third week of our theme about Respect. This week we will be thinking about Valuing others as we would like to be valued.
We will be finding out more about Matthew 7:12, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'
We have an additional Respect Collective Worship from Rev Benedict this week, you can view it on Holy Trinity's You Tube channel here. This fits best with Wednesday's worship, or in place of what's written below for Wednesday.
In Matthew’s gospel is a very well-know saying, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do to you.’ Matthew 7:12. It’s part of a longer passage about judging others. Today we’re going to read that and think about what it means to us. You can find the passage in the International Children's Bible here.
Some parts of this passage are hard to understand, but there is also some really helpful advice. We all make mistakes, we all get things wrong sometimes. Other people do things which hurt us and we hurt others.
When you’ve got something wrong, how do you prefer others to respond? What works best for you when you can sort it out?
God is asking us to treat other people in the same way we want them to treat us. By using our thinking brain. By treating other people in the way we want them to treat us. Sometimes that’s hard. But it’s a ‘golden rule’.
Have a talk with your family about how you can work together to sort things out when something has gone wrong.
Yesterday, we heard about the ‘golden rule’ in Matthew’s Gospel. The word ‘gospel’ means good news. If everyone followed the Golden Rule, it really would mean ‘good news’ for our world.
In the United Nations Headquarters building in New York is a mosaic which was presented to the UN in 1985 called ‘The Golden Rule’. It shows people of different nations standing together with the words of Matthew 7:12, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’
Have a look at the artwork. What do you notice? Look at the facial expressions of the people. What are they doing? What do you think the people are thinking?
The United Nations is an organisation which works hard to promote respect and basic human rights across the world. All the countries which belong to the United Nations have agreed to try and live by ‘The Golden Rule’ in the way they treat other countries and their own citizens You can find out more about what they do here.
Sometimes following The Golden Rule means that we need to make difficult choices between doing what would most please ourselves and respecting and serving others.
Today there is a drama for your to act out with your family. Listen to or read the phone conversations the characters are having. If the person making the phone call was living by The Golden Rule, how do you think they should respond?
Today and every Thursday, there’s a National Assembly on the online Oak Academy, why not join the country and log in to watch.
Have a read of the Prayer of St Francis of Assisi. You can find out more about St Francis here, how did he live The Golden Rule?
Maybe you could draw a picture to show the ways you try to follow The Golden Rule, and how you see other people following it.
Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon:
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.