Harvest Assembly: Harvest of the Sea

I know it should really be “Collective Worship” as an Assembly is only “a hymn, a prayer and a bollocking” and I want to move us beyond this.

My story will be from John 21

John 21

Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

1Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

4Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

5He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.

6He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

7Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[b 9When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”

11Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

and then I want to talk about how God doesn’t just give a little, but loads…

A young person will read:

A Reading from the letter of Paul to the people in Ephesus

How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is!

He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him.

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.

Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!)

He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

A bit on over-fishing and our abuse of the environment, taking for granted God’s marvellous gift to us. Then the sanitised-for-children version of the Visual Intercessions (the original had scary pictures of starving Biafrans, so this now has fish)


Lord’s Prayer (yes, in a non-Church School!) and then the silliest song I know (and it’s on fishing!)


Oh we go fishing, in the name of the Lord [casting a fishing line and reeling it in

O we go fishing, in the name of the Lord

and we go…

[hands together, and wiggle like a fish

fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish, fish, fish,fish, fish, fish, fish,fish, fish, fish, fish,fish, fish, fish, fish,fish, fish, fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish, fish, fish, fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish, fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish,fish, fish


Blessing and depart…