Kids!! I'm thrilled to let you know that we'll be back at church soon! and although we're not going to have Sunday School for a little while we are going to do some things just for kids in the service, and we're looking forward to see your smiling faces around the church again.
Well, last week we finished our Fruit of the Spirit series and now we are moving onto something new! But first, we have some new songs to learn too!!
Okay so singing worship songs is actually a great lead in to our lesson this week. This week we are learning about Praise! Today we’ll learn that praise is part of prayer.. Prayer is talking with God, and praise is talking with God about how awesome he is.
Another way to praise is clap and cheer, can you think about some places or situtations where you might clap and cheer? What were some of the answers that you came up with?
Perhaps you might have cheered at a friends little league ball game, perhaps you've been to professional hockey game and clapped and cheered when Connor McDavid scored another epic goal! Perhaps you family has come and celebrated with you at your school Christmas concert or dance recital.
There are lots of times that people deserve a good cheer from us. For today though, we’ll be finding out that God deserves the biggest cheers because he’s a pretty awesome God!
That’s why praise is part of prayer; God loves to hear our praises and cheers for him when we talk with him.
What do you think praise being part of prayer really means?
What is praise? How would you describe it?
Let's watch this video and see what praise is and what it isn’t....
Do you think the kids in this video were truly praising God?
What can distract you from praising God?
If praise is about your heart and your focus, what activities besides music could be praise?
Praise is part of prayer. It’s a reminder that God is in control and a celebration of how amazing he is! So praise means we’re focused on God, not going through the motions of praise while our minds think about other things.
Low ENERGY GAME
The Bible tells us there are big, beautiful gates in heaven. When we get there, we’ll be so thankful to be with our friend God and we’ll all be praising him. Let's read and then memorize Psalm 100:4
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name."
Let’s play this game and pretend we’re going through the gates of heaven praising God!
We’ll be so happy when we get to be in heaven with God. What do you think you want to talk with God about face-to-face in heaven?
When we get to heaven, we’ll get to see our friend God and thank him for all he has done for us. But we don’t have to wait until we get to heaven. Even though we can’t see his face, we can talk with God now and he’s always listening. When we talk with God, we can praise him because praise is a part of prayer.
In the Bible, Jesus taught his friends how they could talk with God. He taught his friends this prayer....
"Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who have sinned against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil."
Have you guys ever heard this prayer said before?
The very first part of Jesus’ prayer shows us to praise God. Let’s think a bit more about what praise is.
If someone does a really good job at something you might give them a hug to say well done, or you might say “You did a great job at that!”
Have a think about how you might praise these people;
Dad when he made a delicious dinner. (Say "Yum!" or ask for more?)
A friend who made something cool with Legos. (Say "That looks so cool, or ask the friend to show them how they built it)
Sister after she scores a goal in a soccer game (You might say "Hooray!" or high five her!)
We praise people in all kinds of ways, but God deserves praise more than anyone else! God made the whole world, and God is the best at loving and caring for us.
One man named David wrote a song to praise God. It’s in the Bible. David’s song shows us all kinds of ways to praise God. Let’s practice these ways now..
Psalm 100:1 "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth."
David said everyone in the world can shout happily that God is awesome! Can we shout joyfully, telling God he’s awesome?
David said there are other ways to praise God, too.
Psalm 100:2 "Serve the Lord with joy. Come before him with singing."
David said we can praise God by singing. Do you have a favorite worship song that you like to sing? How about this one?
Praise is part of prayer, and that’s what we just did when we sang a song, telling God how great he is. Let’s look at another way David said we can praise God.....
Psalm 100:3 "Know that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep he tends."
David said we can praise God by remembering that God made us and that we’re his children. God made each of us to be special! What’s something special about you? You’re all special, and God made you to be that way! We can praise God for how he made us! We can say “Wow, God! The way you made me is amazing!”
David shared two more ways he praised God. Let’s look at the next two verses..
Psalm 100:4-5 "Come into his city with songs of thanksgiving. Come into his courtyards with songs of praise. Thank him, and praise his name. The Lord is good. His love continues forever. His loyalty continues from now on. "
David said we can praise God just by thanking him. He also God gives us his great big love! God loves all the people in the world, and since God’s love reaches to everyone, let’s end our activity with a big group hug!
When we share God’s love with others, it’s another way to praise God because he hears us even when we’re telling others how great he is!
Prayer is when we talk with God, sing to God, clap for God, and many other things. We can praise God by doing these things and showing God how amazing he is. Praise is part of prayer, and we can praise God anywhere and anytime in all the ways we learned today!
Thank you that you love us SO much. Thank you that there are many ways for us to show you that we love you through praise, whether we say quiet prayers, or sing loudly Lord, you love to hear our praise to you.
CRAFT / ACTIVITIEs
Today we learned that praise is part of prayer.
We can praise God with claps, cheers, songs, and even whispers. It’s great to praise God whether it’s loud, quiet, or even if no one can hear it at all.
So, let’s learn to praise God with our hands. People who are deaf and can’t hear with their ears make words with their hands, and we can, too! Follow these simple actions...
"I LOVE GOD"
When we talk with God about how wonderful he is, that’s called praise. There are so many exciting ways to praise God. So let's make something that’ll help us praise him with fun sounds, Today we're going to make praise shakers!
These shakers are a fun way to praise God with loud noise. We can even use them when we sing and make music! That’s a special way to talk with God and praise him.