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S. Daly

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To understand that honesty is the best policy
To be trustworthy

A large bag, stuffed with newspaper, with some seed inside. A small bag with some toy money or real gold coins inside.

1. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Today's assembly is about being honest.

2. Being honest means being the sort of person who tells the truth.
If you tell the truth, people can trust you.

3. If you don't tell the truth, people are not always sure of you.
They cannot rely on you.

4. Telling the truth can sometimes be difficult, but it is always easier than lying.
If you tell lies, you will eventually be found out - and then people will not like you.

5. There is a saying "Honesty is the best policy."
We are going to perform a play called "Honesty is the best policy".


NARRATOR 1: Years ago, a poor man worked for a farmer. The poor man complained so much that eventually the King heard about it.
The King asked the poor man to come and tell him the problem.

KING: Why are you always complaining?

POOR MAN: However hard I work, I never earn any extra money.
I shall always be poor.

KING: I see. Tell me, are you honest?

POOR MAN: Of course I'm honest!

KING: Good! I'm pleased about that. I will make you a promise - if you are honest, I promise you that one day you will be rich.

NARRATOR 2: The poor man did not understand the King's promise, but he continued to listen.

KING: Here are two bags - a big one and a small one. I want you to give the big one to your master, the farmer - and I want you to keep the small bag for yourself. Do you understand?

POOR MAN: Yes, Your Majesty.

NARRATOR 3: But the poor man still did not understand. He did not know what was in the bags - and he did not see why he should have the small one.
He set off for the farm, complaining to himself as he went.

POOR MAN: It's not fair. Why should I have the small bag?
I am poorer than the farmer. I should have the big bag.
I know - I'll keep the big bag.
I'll give the small bag to my master.

NARRATOR 4: But the poor man felt a bit guilty about this. He argued with himself.

POOR MAN: I can't keep the big bag. That would be dishonest.
Still, my master would not know that I was being dishonest.

NARRATOR 5: The poor man thought about it all the way home.
Just before he got home, he gave in to temptation.
He hid the big bag under a bush. He gave the small bag to his master.

POOR MAN: Sir, here is a present from the King. I'm not sure what it is.

NARRATOR 6: The farmer was surprised. He opened the bag.

FARMER: It's full of gold! I'm rich!
I wonder why the King gave me this. I haven't done anything to deserve it.

NARRATOR 7: The poor man jumped for joy. His big bag must contain even more gold.
He ran back to the hiding place, shouting...

POOR MAN: I'm rich! I'm rich!

NARRATOR 8: He opened the bag and found... it was full of seed!
The King had tested the poor man to see if he was really honest.
The big bag of seed was for the farmer.
The small bag of gold was for the poor man.

NARRATOR 9: If he had been honest, the poor man would have had the gold - and would have then had an easy life.
But, because he was dishonest, he was still poor - and would now have to work extra hard planting the seed in his master's fields.
The poor man had learned the hard way that "Honesty is the best policy".


6. There are lots of times when we should be honest. For example...
we might break something at home. We should own up and say it was us.

7. We might do something wrong at school. We should own up so other people do not get into trouble.

8. God knows that it is difficult for us to be honest all the time, but if we ask he will help us.
Let us now say a prayer asking God to help us. Our Father...

9. We will now sing "All that I am" by Sebastian Temple. (Celebration Hymnal for Everyone number 23)

S. Daly 2000

Last updated 22-7-12.