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It is a Christian duty to love one’s neighbour, but in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus also taught that you should love your enemies: ‘If ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?’ (Matthew 5: 43–48).
SEAL: New beginnings; Relationships (social skills).
PSHE: 1a. To face new challenges positively; 2f. To resolve differences.
Friends and foes
This assembly is taken from Assemble and sing! For Ages 7-11 by Paul Noble and Stuart Watkinson (Scholastic, 978 0439945769, £30).
The world is a beautiful place that is made even more so by friendship and love of one another, an idea promoted by many religions:
in Judaism, for example, the Torah states, ‘Love your neighbour like yourself’ (Leviticus (Old Testament) 19:18).
Music for assembling
Edward Elgar, ‘Chanson de Matin’, Op. 15 No. 2 (3’02”).
The song ‘Good morning’ not only celebrates the new day dawning, but is also in praise of friendship. This song also includes parts for recorder and tuned percussion on the CD.
Alternative music for singing
You might use the familiar ‘Morning has broken’ by Eleanor Farjeon (The Complete Come and Praise, BBC Books p1) or perhaps the short but apposite morning hymn ‘Father we thank thee for the night’ by Rebecca Weston (With Cheerful Voice, Hymns for Children, A&C Black p4).
- Two appropriate images for your discussion in your assembly are included below.
Good morning! I have already said that greeting many times this morning; have you? It is very rare that we don’t say some friendly words of greeting when we first meet someone. If we didn’t do so, the world would become a very strange and unfriendly place indeed.
Imagine if I went to the doctor, and instead of being greeted by ‘Good morning’, the doctor began by saying ‘What do you want?’
You can give other similar examples.
We do, of course, use other phrases that serve the same purpose. Can you think of any?
You could spend a few minutes exploring the kinds of greetings used by adults and children, including slang phrases.
Show the photograph below that shows a mother greeting her little boy with a hug.
When we wish someone a ‘good morning’, we are not only wishing him or her a pleasant day, we are also opening the door to friendship. If I said to new parents visiting the school for the first time ‘Who are you?’, it wouldn’t be a very good beginning. I am sure I would ask them who they were at some point, but it would not be the first thing that I would say. Being friendly is the best start to a good morning and a good day. As we have just been singing, the world is a beautiful place, but it is made even more beautiful by friendship.
And now we are going to finish by being both friendly and grown-up. Let’s make this a particularly good start to the day. I want you to shake hands with and say good morning to the people on either side of you.
Closing thought or prayer
Reflection or prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, we don’t know what will happen today – what problems or pleasures await us – but we will try our best to make today a good day for those around us. Help us to take pleasure in your beautiful world and to do what we can to make it an even better place.
Let us give thanks for the world and all its wonders – for the green grass of the fields, for the clouds in the sky above us, and for the friends who stand beside us. Lord, hear our prayer.