National Lutheran Schools Week
The national theme for this year's National Lutheran Schools Week is Standing in Christ, Serving Others: Mercy Forever.This annual community building celebration allows us an opportunity to give thanks that we are able to hear and proclaim the Gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ, day after day, at ILS. We are grateful for the mercy Christ first showed us by His atoning sacrifice on the cross for all of mankind. In response to His great love, we respond to one another with mercy.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45 ESV)
This verse will be the truth we meditate on throughout the week. Each day students will be introduced to ideas about serving others and showing mercy. We will talk about:
Monday: Serving at Home
Tuesday: Serving at School
Wednesday: Serving at Church
Thursday: Serving in the Community
Friday: Serving in the World
This year, we hope our students will come to think about mercy in a very embodied way. As we ask for mercy for ourselves (kyrie eleison) and thank God for His great provision and compassion, we will learn what it can look like to practice mercy to others on this earth.
Each day next week will hold a special activity or event, which will in some way explore the topic of mercy or highlight our own need for mercy. In the Upper School, the structure of our week will be created by the focus of house events. On Friday, we will announce which house stands in the lead (remember, there is more time this year to continue the rivalry!). The house in the lead will be awarded a special privilege.
In the Lower School, some of the week's activities are favorite traditions, other activities will be new, yet just as meaningful. From the annual favorites of Teacher-Swap Day and Drop Everything and Read, to a performance from the Virginia Opera Company and other special guest speakers, faculty and staff are excited to celebrate with students and parents this week.
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