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The Lost Sheep

The Lost Sheep

We’re going on a sheep hunt!
We’re going on a sheep hunt!
We’re going to find a lost one!
We’re going to find a lost one!
We’re not scared!
We’re not scared!

On Tuesday the 2nd July, Faith Team took the school on a ‘sheep hunt’ as part of their Collective Worship. The theme of the Collective Worship was the parable of the ‘Lost Sheep.’ The children decided to re-tell the parable using Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ as their inspiration.

The parable of the Lost Sheep appears twice in the Gospels. In each case, it is set in the context of the way in which Jesus welcomes those people who others don’t see as important. This is such a well-known and much-loved story that is can easily be reduced to a cute tale of the finding of a poor, lost sheep. The Faith Team were quick to point out that this parable isn’t just about a sheep or even a shepherd, but about God. Jesus is likening himself to God, the good shepherd, and is letting us know the surprising lengths God is willing to go to make sure we are back home safely in the family fold.

No sensible shepherd would bother looking for one stray sheep. The rich shepherd should have sent his servant to look, but instead the shepherd goes off himself to look for the lost sheep. The story really shows us what sort of God Jesus was talking about. A God who is a surprising God, a God who bothers about one in 100. God is also very un-shepherd like, in that he doesn’t send his servants to do the searching but goes after the sheep himself. This is a searching God, a God who comes looking for us and who takes the initiative to find us. This God takes risks and won’t give up searching to bring us home to safety. This God is a saving God, a God who wants to rescue us from danger and make sure we are safe from harm. He is also a shouldering God, a God who lifts us up to a place of safety, close to himself, and carries our burdens and takes the weight of our lost-ness on to himself.

This was the last Faith Team Collective Worship of the year. A very well done to Ellis, Darcie, Maria, Evie, Abi, Mason, Amelie, Gabriel, Natalie, Rudy, Archie and Bobi, who have done a fantastic job representing the school on the Faith Team this year.