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An Assembly Outline for the Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (September 21) who gave up his old way of life to follow Jesus

We are interested in you!

Did you know that your teachers and I are interested in you? We like to know about the things you like and don’t like, what food you love or hate, what games you like to play. There are so many things in your life that we are interested in—and we love to hear about them. One thing I’d love to know, we are interested in your plans and what you would like to do in years to come! I wonder if any of you has any idea what you would like to do when you grow up?

Invite some volunteers to the front and talk briefly about the kind of jobs they would like to do when they grow up.

A Man with a very unpopular Job!
I want to tell you about a man who had a very unpopular job. He lived many years ago. People didn’t like him very much at all. His name was Matthew and his job was to collect payments from people. This meant that he worked for the very unpopular Romans who had invaded their land. So people thought he was a traitor and a cheat, someone they couldn’t trust. They really didn’t like him at all! One day, as Matthew was collecting the taxes, Jesus came up to him and said, ’Follow me.’ Straightaway, Matthew left his work and followed Jesus. They even had supper together with a lot of other unpopular people.

Today, we say thank you to God for St Matthew, who gave up one job to follow Jesus, and then told others about the wonderful new life he had. It didn’t always make him popular—in fact some people hated him because of it—and years later he was killed because of following Jesus.

What about us?
Whatever our volunteers become when they grow up, Jesus wants them to follow him. They won’t need to give up their jobs to do that. They can follow him, whatever they are doing and wherever they are. Do you remember what Jesus said to Matthew? He said “Follow me.” It’s what Jesus says to all of us. He says to us, “Follow me.”

So whether you become a policeman or a fire-fighter, a doctor or a nurse, a bricklayer or scientist, a vet or a footballer, a singer or a dancer, remember that Jesus wants you to follow him. He wants you to be close to him always.

God our Father
we thank you for St Matthew
who gave up his old way of life
to follow Jesus and become his friend.
Help us to follow Jesus, whatever we are and wherever we are!
We make our prayer in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

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