We value chapel. As an Episcopal school, we seek to awaken and instill spiritual values through daily chapel services. On our updated website, we posted a piece, “Why Choose an Episcopal School?”
One Reason: “Episcopal schools integrate the ideals and concepts of equity, justice, and a just society throughout the life of the school. Community service is an integral part of the life of the school.”
This Friday, we launch our partnership with the Kansas City Community Kitchen. St. Paul’s reserved twenty-two Fridays this year for our middle school students. Mr. Van and I will take a small group to serve and eat with our neighbors. Through this experience, every middle school student will have the opportunity to honor the message of this week’s lesson—The Parable of the Banquet.
As a middle school Chapel Leadership Team, we co-wrote the script for today’s lesson. In the story, we are reminded of the importance of humility and treating everyone with dignity.
An excerpt from the script…
Jesus, in this week's lesson, said, "All those who lift themselves up will be made humble. And those who make themselves humble will be lifted up. Suppose you give a lunch or dinner. Do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, or your relatives, or your rich neighbors. If you do, they may invite you back to eat with them. So you will be paid back. But when you give a banquet, invite those who are poor. Also, invite those who can't see or walk. Then you will be blessed."
Emma: Tate's birthday is next week. His mom tells him...
Mom: “Tate, bad news, One Direction just cancelled. But, I rented out Worlds of Fun from 11-4. Would that be OK? I’m so sorry that the One Direction party didn’t work out. And I have more bad news…Only 75 people are allowed at Worlds of Fun. I’ll have to cut the guest list.”
Gavin: Tate has just heard the lesson, and he thinks to himself, “What would Jesus do for the party?”
Tate: “Mom, I have been thinking. I don’t want a big party. I want to invite Jim and Bob to dinner—they never get invited to anything. The lesson said to lift up those who really need a party. I want to help Jim and Bob feel better and honor the lesson.”
Charlotte: AND FREEZE
Emma: This year as a school, we are focusing on community service. Why should we serve? In today’s lesson, Jesus teaches us that it is good to be humble and to serve others. If you are humble, you will be lifted up and blessed by God.