The Light of the World

2013-11-01 19.57.25Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5.14-16)

Make a ‘light of the world’ candle holder

Get hold of a small clear pyrex dish each, and some sharpie pens. Decorate your dish in bright colours and shapes or words* or pictures. Cover your bowl with colour – it will be unique to you, there will not be another bowl exactly like yours anywhere in the world!

Place your bowl on a white piece of paper, and put a tea-light in the bowl, then switch off all the lights and light the candle.  The light from the candle flame should ‘project’ your decorations onto the paper, making a beautiful colourful display.

Talk about how Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world’, but he also said, ‘You are the light of the world’. We all shine with the same light of Jesus, but it shines out differently from each of us, because we are each unique.

*if you want to include words, it’s best to decorate the inside of the bowl, so that when you place a candle inside the bowl, it will ‘project’ what you have written the right way round.

Spend some time in the dark….candle in the dark

Go somewhere dark – or wait till night time, close the curtains and switch off all the lights. Have a torch ready, and when you’ve really experienced the darkness, switch on the torch, and see how much light one little torch can give. If you’re happy you can do it safely, it can be fun to use a candle instead of a torch.

Remember your baptism…

At the end of the baptism service, the person who has just been baptized is given a candle, lit from the Easter candle, and sent out to ‘Shine as a light in the world, to the glory of God the Father’. This is our life’s work.

Get out your baptism candle if you still have it. If you don’t have one, find a really nice candle at home, or go and buy one specially, and keep it just for this. Light it today, and as you look at the candle flame together, talk about all the ways that you each shine with the light of God: your personality, your ability to love, your kindness, your gifts and talents, your care for others, the things that make you excited and full of joy…

‘Let your light shine before others’

Get hold of a star-shaped gift tag (or cut a star shape from brightly coloured card) for each member of the family, and write each person’s name on their star. Then everyone writes or draws on each other’s stars to express ways in which that person shines with the light of God – often it’s easier to see the way that other people shine than to see the way we shine ourselves. Hang your completed stars somewhere nice at home – you can even save them until Christmas and add them to the tree as decorations.

Sing a song!

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let is shine, (x3)
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

The Light that shines is the light of love,
it lights the darkness from above,
it shines on me and it shines on you,
and shows what the power of love can do,
I’m gonna shine my light both far and near,
I’m gonna shine my light both bright and clear,
and where there’s a dark corner in this land,
I’m gonna let my little light shine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let is shine, (x3)
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

On Monday he gave me the gift of love,
Tuesday peace came from above,
Wednesday he told me to have more faith,
Thursday he gave me a little more grace,
On Friday he taught me how to pray,
Saturday he told me just what to say,
And on Sunday he gave me his power divine
to let my little light shine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let is shine, (x3)
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.