Whom do I serve?
Presbyterian School was founded on the belief that students should be educated in an environment integrating the three most important institutions in life: Family, School, and Church. Students are encouraged to develop their spiritual identities in a Christ-centered environment, as well as a sense of responsibility in relation to God. All students attend Chapel once a week.
During the 2013-2014 school year, Lower and Middle School Chapel, students examined the essential question of “Whom do I serve?” Beginning with a look at Psalm 100, students reflected upon the words of David who exhorts:
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.?
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, ?and not we ourselves;?
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.?
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.
In order to better understand how to “serve the Lord with gladness” as the Psalmist encourages, students have dived into a yearlong series called “The Red Letters,” which emphasizes the spoken words of Christ.
The notion of “Red Letters” was conceptualized by Lous Klopsch (1852-1910), a journalist for the New York Christian Herald, who wanted to show the influence and power of Christ’s words. He started the red letter Bible in 1865 in hopes that people’s knowledge of Christ would increase.
During each chapel, students have the opportunity to pray and worship. First Presbyterian Church Children’s Program Coordinator, Andrew Herbert, plays his guitar and assists with leading worship during Lower School chapels. Seventh grade Spanish teacher, Eric Martin plays his guitar for worship during seventh grade chapel. Students in both Lower and Middle School participate in leading the call to worship and benediction for each chapel.
Chapel also offers a wonderful opportunity for to give thanks for students’ birthdays and commendable actions seen around campus. Part of the public recognition and acknowledgement also comes by means of Commendation Forms, which are given to students who exemplify actions reflective of the School’s core values.
In addition to weekly chapel, several all-community chapel services are held to unite the School community, mark important events and manifest the Christian foundation of Presbyterian School.
Outside of Chapel, Middle School students participate in a Bible rotation class led by Jo Leever. Fifth and sixth grade students study the Old Testament, seventh grade students study the New Testament and eighth grade students study Worldviews, which encourages them to reflect on their own spiritual and ethical decision making.