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introduction to the theme/video clip
Video Clip: Aladdin – The part of the film where after being chased having stole a loaf of bread Aladdin gives it to the starving children
Talk 1: Hopefully that clip’s got you thinking about humility and what it’s like to put yourself before others.
I’d like us to think about the opposite for a moment and I want to tell you about the singer Mariah Carey
Everyone heard of her?
Mariah Carey’s one of the worlds biggest pop stars and she knows it!
When appearing to turn on the Christmas Lights at Westfield Shopping Centre she turned up an hour late because she was drinking champagne with her husband.
She got a Rolls Royce limo to drive her 100 yards to the stage and requested that pink and white confetti in the shape of butterflies would blast out over the crowd
She had previously requested that organisers got her 20 white kittens and 100 white doves…they turned down this request!
When appearing on GMTV she had two people to lower her onto the sofa so her dress wouldn’t get crushed.
She also had one person walking in front of her and one behind all times in case she fell over
She even brought her own toilet roll!
We have some people who are important and they know it and there’s some people who are important and should be treated as important…but what if someone important didn’t behave like they should?
Video: Humble Teachers (We used a video clip the Christian union had made of teachers doing humble tasks such as cleaning, serving food and answering phones on reception)
Talk 2: Being Humble
Great isn’t’ it, seeing teachers, important people being humble…
To finish off I want to talk to you about another very important person who was able to humble himself. Let’s go back to when the very moment he was born, after all that’s what Christmas is all about…
“There were sheepherders camping in the neighbourhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Saviour has just been born in David’s town, a Saviour who is Messiah and Master. “
Wow, Jesus was super important. A saviour, a superhero, here to rescue everyone, he was called Master and Messiah; a very important leader, the person that the Jews at that time had waiting years for! He was one seriously important person.
The angle continues…
“This is what you’re to look for…
Now, can you help me finish this verse?… Was it
a) The most perfect looking baby, clothed head to toe in the latest Ted Baker range. He’s in the super secure celebrity suite of Nazareth’s best private hospital. You won’t get in though, now way! You need an Access all areas pass or you won’t even get a sniff!
b) “A baby being rocked to sleep in his gold plated cradle. He will have an entourage of over 10 people, 1 to change his nappy, 1 to wipe his bottom, 1 to check no-ones looking… 1 to check for belly button fluff, 1 to come his hair…” the angel continues “ there will be a cloud of white doves circling the room and everyone will get the day off so that they can come and bring him gifts!
c) a small baby wrapped swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
Jesus, the most important man to ever live and die, humbled himself. By this act of being born in a barn, to a normal man and wife, with animals surrounding him he made himself approachable, touchable, human, just like us. Jesus doesn’t want us to see him a celebrity that we have to fight our way to see, one we need an access all areas pass to get just one minute with him. Jesus is the very man who ended up washing his disciples feet! He wants us to be close to him and him to us.
During this Christmas time our challenge to each of you is this. Do you sometimes act more important than you are? Do you think you’re more important than your friends? Someone else in your class? Your family members? Your teachers? If so, can you think of one time this Christmas time that you commit to trying to be more humble towards them.
End: If you’ve any thoughts or questions about this then at lunchtime we’ll be hanging around wearing ‘Ask me why I’m celebrating Christmas’ badges so ask us more or tell us about your Christmas! (If this isn’t an option then you can end the assembly at the end of talk 2)