‘Sing to the Lord, for he has done magnificent things, let this be known throughout the earth!’ Isaiah 12:5

 
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Week 2 objective: to discover that worshipping God is when a person or a group of people show God how much they adore him.

Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play two or three games that require the children to listen carefully to a lively praise song. 
You will need: A lively praise song, the means to play it, the lyrics of the song printed on A4 paper, a marker pen, ‘missing words’ sheet (see Printables) and chairs. 

Game 1 – Play this game as one group or two teams. Before the session select a lively praise song. Print out the song’s lyrics then use a marker pen to blank out ten or more words. If you are playing with two teams print off a second set of lyrics then blank out the same or a different set of words. Encourage the children to sit where they can all see a sheet of lyrics. Give each team a pen and a missing words sheet. Play the praise song and encourage the children to listen carefully to the words. Ask the teams to write down the missing words on their sheet. At the end of the song, read through the lyrics allowing the children to check their answers. 

Game 2 – Before the session select four ‘trigger words’ from the song lyrics. Try and select words that are repeated throughout the song. Divide your group into two teams and explain to the first team that when they hear the first trigger word they should stand up and when they hear the second trigger word they should sit down. Explain to the second team that when they hear the third trigger word they should stand and when they hear the fourth trigger word they should sit. Select the words carefully so that it’s possible to respond to the trigger words, but so that standing up and sitting down in the correct place is still challenging. For a small group, or with younger children, select only two trigger words and work as one group standing up on hearing the first trigger word then sitting down on hearing the second. 

Game 3 – Finally, if you have time use the same praise song to play a game of musical chairs.  

 

 Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens and a Bible. 

Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper. Recap briefly what the children talked about last week. Underline the word ‘Isaiah’. Explain that when Isaiah said these words he was talking about the future. He was talking about a time when the Messiah would come to the earth as a glorious King (draw a crown next to the verse). Isaiah said, ‘At that time you will say, “Sing to God because he has done magnificent things” ’. Point to the first part of the verse as you read it aloud. Christians believe that Isaiah was talking about Jesus. So how did Isaiah know all these things were going to happen? Isaiah knew because God told him. God told Isaiah things that were going to happen and Isaiah passed God’s message on to the people.

Read the whole verse aloud and explain that this verse will help us to understand more about praise and worship.

Ask the children if they have heard people talk about worshipping  God. Draw a heart next to the verse as you briefly explain that worship is when a person or a group of people show God how much they adore him. Ask the children how they think people show God they adore him. Talk about people doing things they know God loves, such as... 

    •Helping others
    •Thanking God
    •Telling God he is great (Praising)
    •Singing songs to God
    •Dancing and raising hands when singing
    •Kneeling when praying

Circle the word 'Sing’ in the verse. Explain that Isaiah is telling people to sing to God; he is encouraging them to show God they adore him by singing to him. Explain that for thousands and thousands of years people have sung to God. Spend some time discussing why people might choose to sing rather than speak to God. Listen and respond positively to the children’s ideas.  

Underline the phrase ‘for he has done magnificent things’. Explain that Isaiah was talking about people worshipping God because of the magnificent things he has done, he was talking about people worshipping God in response to his greatness. The Bible teaches that when Christians think about who God is (what he is like) and all the wonderful things he has done they are so grateful, and feel such love for him that they want to worship him – it’s as if they can’t stop themselves. Ask the children if they can think of something wonderful God has done… you might like to talk about creation, or some of the events in the Old Testament. Over and over again we read in the Bible about the things God did: he led the Israelites through the Red Sea and gave them water and food in the desert. Explain that the Bible teaches that God has done many, many magnificent things, but Christians believe that the greatest and most magnificent thing God has done is send Jesus to live with people.

Jesus came to earth over 2,000 years ago. He came to show what God is like, to teach people how to live and make a way for everybody, everywhere to become close friends with God. Jesus healed the sick, fed the hungry and comforted the poor. Then he did the best thing of all; Jesus died on the cross and three days later God raised him back to life. Christians believe that because Jesus lived, died and rose again everybody, everywhere can now say ‘Yes’ to God's love and forgiveness and become close friends with him. That’s more magnificent than we can ever really understand. Underline the word ‘magnificent’ again.

Song  - 2 mins
To the tune  ‘Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree’ 

    Magnificent, magnificent,
    Sing to the Lord for what he’s done.
    Magnificent, magnificent,
    Sing to the Lord for what he’s done.
    Let this be known throughout the earth:
    What God has done ‘s magnificent.
    Magnificent, magnificent,
    Sing to the Lord for what he’s done.

    Magnificent, magnificent,
    Sing to the Lord for what he’s done.
    Magnificent, magnificent,
    Sing to the Lord for what he’s done.
    Let this be known throughout the earth,
    Isaiah chapter 12  verse 5.
    Magnificent, magnificent,
    Sing to the Lord for what he’s done.


 

 
 
 
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