Greetings Summit Family!
So, Hayden is in Kindergarten at Summit. Apart from being an absolutely delightful young man, I was recently made aware that he is a song writer; not just lyrics mind you, but notes as well. The other day at chapel he came up to me and wanted to sing me his song (see above). It was a beautiful moment; a song of gratitude to God for making this beautiful world!
In Psalm 19:1-4 David said,
The heavens declare the glory of God,
And the sky above proclaims His handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech
And night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
Whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
At Summit we agree with David; the creation shouts God’s glory and we want to make sure that He gets the credit for our beautiful world. The Apostles John and Paul both say that God the Son, Jesus the Christ, is the Maker of all that has been made (cf. John 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-17). As such the entire cosmos is under His Lordship and reflects a measure of His glory. And so we believe that no part of the curriculum of a school can be rightly known apart from an understanding that Jesus is the Creator.
There are appropriate responses when we see and acknowledge God’s handiwork in creation, one of which is to sing His praises. Later in the Psalms David would give us the command to “Sing a new song” to the LORD (cf. Ps. 33:1-3). Praise, adoration and worship are the right responses to this knowledge, especially when that worship erupts in a new song—like Hayden’s. It is interesting that humans are the only creatures specifically identified in Scripture as “singers” (some go to passages like Job 38:7 that suggest that the angels sing, but the Hebrew word is always “shout”). Now, I don’t believe this is an argument from silence that says only humans can sing. Personally I look forward to hearing “choirs of angels,” and Calvin Miller even based his wonderful Singer trilogy on the premise that God Himself sings (I highly recommend The Singer, The Song, and The Finale). I do believe that Scripture is lauding the reality that humans can sing and that God is pleased when we sing His praises.
I have this awesome privilege to spend a lot of time with your wonderful children. I see their child-like faith time and time again. I am taught by them to, once again, look around and stand in awe of all that they see in this wonder-filled world that God has blessed us with. I saw Hayden and the Kindergartners off to class with Miss Perryman that morning and then asked myself when I last erupted in song–just because I saw God’s handiwork in creation. The answer: TOO LONG!
After gathering the children to Himself Jesus said to those who followed Him, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3). OUCH! We’re so into being all grown up. When he was criticized for writing children’s stories—which no respectable Oxford Don should ever do—C. S. Lewis quipped, “When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness, and the desire to be very ‘grown-up’”. So I say let’s follow Hayden’s lead at least on this score and sing it out. We have been redeemed in love by our Mighty Maker, and He is pleased when we sing His praises.
Heads-up for the coming week:
- Schedule for Last Day of School:
- 8:30AM Drop off your students in FREE DRESS clothes; students can help teachers clean classrooms.
- 10:00AM All school assembly; awards distributed and presentations of what was learned in class.
- 10:45AM FIELD DAY for kids; parents have uniform swap/sale (which needs to be told to next-year new parents).
- 11:45AM LUNCH, main course provided by Summit; side dishes brought by parents.
- Summit will have a part time (15 hours-per-week) position available next year for an Administrative Assistant. If you are interested please contact Michelle Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application.
- By all indications the Summit student body will grow by half-again as much next school year. Please continue to PRAY for our school: 1. That our good God will bless us; 2. That God will give the board and administration wisdom and discernment concerning facilities and staffing!
God bless you all,
Dr. Timothy Orton
Summit Classical Christian School