His Love Endures Forever

Last week we learned that people have been singing about God for a long time. Does anyone remember the name of the book in the bible that has some of those songs in it? It’s called the book of Psalms. Many people feel closer to God when they sing. One way that I feel closer to God is if I sing the scriptures. So we are going to practice doing that today!

Near the beginning of today’s Psalm it says, “his love endures forever” and toward the end of the psalm it says, “sing songs of joy.” Those two lines reminded me of a song I know. Have you ever heard this song? Sing or play the first verse to “Forever” by Chris Tomlin. As you sing the song, sing the lines quietly but sing out on the phrases “his love endures forever” and “sing praise.” Did you hear how the song goes between a line of words and then the phrase “his love endures forever?” Was there any other part you heard repeated? See if children remember that sing praise is also repeated. Today instead of singing this song as it’s written we are going to sing our scripture. So I will read a line from the scripture and then together we will sing “his love endures forever” and then I’ll read another line from the scripture and we’ll sing “his love endures forever…sing praise, sing praise.” Let’s practice just those two parts now. You may want to invite the congregation to join you in singing the lines “his love endures forever” and “his love endures forever…sing praise, sing praise.”

Now that we know our parts, let’s sing today’s scripture. Remember I’ll read a line and then we’ll sing, then I’ll read another line, and we’ll sing again. We’ll keep repeating that until our scripture is done. The scripture for today is Psalm 107:1-3, and Psalm 107:17-22. Read a line of scripture and then invite the children and congregation to sing their part. If you are using the Message Bible version this is how it might go:

Oh, thank God—he’s so good! his love endures forever
His love never runs out. (I’d leave this line out because in essence you just
sung it)
All of you set free by God, tell the world! his love endures forever…sing
praise, sing praise

Tell how he freed you from oppression, his love endures forever
Then rounded you up from all over the place, his love endures forever…sing
praise, sing praise

from the four winds, from the seven seas. (again I’d leave this line out and
continue on with vs 17)

Continue until you finish Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

Wow! What a beautiful job you did singing this Psalm! This Psalm doesn’t say that life will always be perfect. In fact, sometimes life is really yucky and hard. But what we have to remember is that God’s love endures forever! And because we have God to turn to in the tough times we sing praise!

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Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today! Payments can be made with Paypal, Google Checkout, or you can enter your credit card as a Paypal guest (no account required). Once you have made your purchase an email will be sent to you with download directions.
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Sing Your Praises

There are lots of stories in the Bible. Stories about God, stories about Jesus, stories about people that loved God with all their hearts. Did you know there are even songs in the Bible? What kinds of songs do we sing at church? What do we sing about? Allow children to name some songs/topics we sing. Guide them to the idea that we sing about our love for God and God’s love for us. People have been singing about God for a long time. Some of those songs ended up in the Bible in a book called Psalms. Even now people create songs about the Psalms.

Today I want to share Psalm 19 with you. Read a version of the Psalm that is appropriate for the age of children you will be working with. Some examples can be found here, here, and here. There are two main parts to this Psalm, the beginning talks about how even the sun and the night sky sing God’s praises. The second part talks about trying to live the way God wants us to live. To be the best people we can be, and that our words and thoughts might bring praise to God. For me, one way I praise God is through song. And when I read this psalm it reminded me of a song. Let’s listen and sing it together! Play “God of Wonders.” Many versions exist both in audio and video. I like this one best.

Did you notice the similarities between Psalm 19 and the song God of Wonders? What did you hear that was the same? Help children compare the song with the Psalm. This season of Lent is all about growing closer to God. One way I connect with God and Jesus is through song. Especially when I find ways to sing scripture. Let’s sing our praises this week!

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Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today! Payments can be made with Paypal, Google Checkout, or you can enter your credit card as a Paypal guest (no account required). Once you have made your purchase an email will be sent to you with download directions.
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Please note: all images and PDF files are my creation. You may use them in your home and with your church family. Please give credit to ChildhoodSpirituality.com. You may not sell these items in part or in full, or in any way claim them as your own. Thank you!

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Look for the Good

Have you noticed that each Wednesday I release additional resources for less than $1?!? You get  a PDF with the lesson plan, 2 additional activities, a handout, and an image to use as a worship background. A preview of the resources and the purchase button are at the bottom of this post!

Have you ever felt so happy about something that you wanted to laugh and sing? Allow children to share a time they felt that happy. When we feel especially happy we often give praise to God. Listen to this scripture from the book of Psalms. Read Psalm 126. For this Psalm I think The Message Bible version is the easiest for children to understand. The people in this Psalm were so happy that they were laughing and singing. They were praising God. But there was one part that seemed a little confusing. Does anyone know what a drought is? Allow children to respond. So what do you think it means when the Psalm says “bring rains to our drought stricken lives”? Discuss with children the comparison of drought to a time in life that is sad.

It’s easy to think that the good times and the bad times are two separate times in life. I believe that there are good things and bad things always happening. Share an example of a time in your life when something good and something bad happened at the same time. Have you ever had something good and something bad happen in the same day? Allow a few children to share examples from their own lives. I think that we have the power to decide if we are going to focus on the happy things or the sad things. When we choose to look for happy things we will find them. When we choose to look for sad things, we will find those too. Which would you rather find? That doesn’t mean that you will never be sad, but you can choose to look for moments of happiness even in sad times. And when we focus on God, in our lives, God helps us find those moments of happiness.

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Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home. But for this lectionary year I wanted to offer you something more.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions. In addition to the 3 page PDF download I have created a worship background image that could be projected on the screen during the children’s moment of your worship service.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today!
Add to Cart
Cost: $0.99

Please note: all images and PDF files are my creation. You may use them in your home and with your church family. Please give credit to ChildhoodSpirituality.com. You may not sell these items in part or in full, or in any way claim them as your own. Thank you!

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