To appreciate our talents
Some pieces of work that show a talent could be
The Hand Prayer (in the Ideas section) could be used at the end of this
Children with performing talents could use them in this assembly e.g.
dancing, playing music etc.
1. Good morning. Today we are going to think about our
2. I am a success. I passed my exams.
3. I am a success. I passed my exams with
4. I am a success. I passed my exams and
got top marks.
5. I failed my exams. I am their success.
6. There is a saying, "He is a Jack of
all trades, but a master of none."
This means that you might be able to do everything, but you can't be
good at everything.
7. The gift that enables us to do things
is called a talent. It is given to us by God.
8. You can have a talent for: writing,
running, singing, swimming, sewing, Maths, making people happy,
helping, smiling and so on.
9. Some people have many talents. Some
have only a few. Some may have only one.
Nobody has none.
10. It doesn't matter how many you have.
What does matter is whether you use your talents or not.
If someone gave you a valuable gift, for example a new bicycle, and you
never used it at all, and you left it out to rust, how would the giver
11. In the same way, God wants us to use
the talents he has given us. He gave us talents to enjoy ourselves and
to make the world a better place.
There is a story in the Bible that tells us this.
Matthew 25. 14-26)
12. The third servant wasted what was
given to him, like some of us waste our talents. The other two servants
did a lot with what they were given, even though they were given
It is the same with talents. God has made everyone in this world for a
good reason. Everyone is needed and everyone, even those people who
think they are not very clever, has a part to play in building God's
kingdom. And everyone has been given one or more talents to do this.
13. But God has also given us free will,
so we can decide whether to use our talents or not, and whether to use
them for ourselves or to serve God.
For no matter how many talents we have, we shall do nothing worthwhile
unless we do work with Jesus and serve God.
14. When Saint Paul was known as Saul, he
was a very strong man, who used to catch and kill Christians.
On the road to a place called Damascus, God spoke to him and he
realised he could use his talents better by helping the Christians.
15. He used his talents so well that,
towards the end of his life, he was able to say,
PAUL: I'm proud of what I've been able to
do, to make God's way known throughout the world. But it's only through
Jesus that I've been able to do what I've done. There is one thing -
and one thing only - I care to talk about, how Jesus has used me to
help people of many lands to live in God's way.
16. Lord, we pray that those people, who
do not yet know what their particular talents are, are helped by you to
find out - and that they use them as you would wish them to. Amen.
17. We also pray that those people who do
know what their talents are use them to serve God and others. Amen.
18. Lord Jesus, show us something to do
for you, something loving to say, something kind to do, somebody to
comfort, something lovely to make.
Help us to watch for chances to do your work, because we love you. Amen.
19. Lord, thank you for the joy that
comes when we have done a good piece of work, even if it means doing it
over and over again, as Jesus did in the carpenter's shop. Amen.
20. Lord Jesus, take me this day and use
me. Take my lips and speak through them. Take my hands and work through
them. Take my mind and think through it. Take my will and act through
We will now sing "All that I am" by Sebastian Temple (Celebration
Hymnal for Everyone number 23).