Chaplain’s Corner – Middle School

In recent weeks in chapel we have been looking at group dynamics. Last week students had the opportunity to listen to Martin Arnold, Leader of Learning – Performing Arts in Middle School, reflect on the range of messages and themes contained within Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

This week students and staff were invited to think about how we form our own ethical framework and ways of deciding what is right or wrong, or good or bad. Considering the 10 Commandments that Moses received on Mount Sinai in Exodus 19–20, everyone in attendance was invited to reflect on resilience and the power of what we say and do. In Exodus 32, the story of the golden calf suggests that what comes out of our mouths is more than just words – it points to the condition of our hearts. 

This sentiment was explored further in analysing scenes from 1990s sitcom Seinfeld. Words reveal our substance; the truth of who we are. Bible writers suggest that our words testify to a devotion to the things God values, especially the treatment of other people or a problem with committing to God’s standards and the needs of others.

On a personal note, one of the great privileges of being a Chaplain at Carey is being invited to be involved in some significant moments for others in the Carey community. Next week, on the last day of the term, I will be involved in the wedding of a long-standing staff member Yu Hsin Stephanie Chen to Nick Chao-An Hsueh. I hope to see some of you in the William Carey Chapel straight after school at 3.30pm on Friday 28 June.

Finally, may the following prayer guide your decision making particularly over the holiday break.

Let us pray.

Glorious Father, God of our Lord Jesus Christ, give to us wisdom and understanding, so that we may know you better. May what we say and do draw us and other people closer to you as we follow the example of your son each and every day. Amen.

Scott Bramley
Middle School Chaplain