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THE LORD'S PRAYER

GAMES WORKSHOP

By sally f (Guest)
posted September 22, 2003


SUMMARY of Lesson Activity: Ages 8-12 - Students will learn the Lord’s Prayer and its meanings and will learn to apply elements of the prayer to events in their lives. They will play a game of listening to modern-day situations and choosing the appropriate portion of the prayer which applies, by selecting among sentence strips.   (Adaption provided for ages 4-7.)


(Here's my first lesson plan.....whew)

Scripture Reference: Matthew 6:9-15

Workshop Objectives:

  • Students will learn the Lord’s Prayer and its meanings.
  • They will learn to apply elements of the prayer to events in their lives.

Teacher preparation in advance:

  • Read background notes
  • Ages 8-12 - take white poster board and divide into 14 equal strips.  Each strip should contain one line of the prayer.  You'll need two of each, for two teams.
  • Ages 4-7 - draw or find pictures (see adaption)


Supply List:

  • white poster board


 

PRESENTATION:
OPEN:
Welcome and Introductions:


Welcome kids.

Open with prayer.


Read the scripture:  Matthew 6: 9-13 


Jesus was a man of prayer. He would rise early in the morning to pray. Those who followed him watched him closely to learn how to pray. Sensing this, Jesus took time to teach his followers how to pray. He taught us to pray about everything, to never give up praying for those things we felt were important, and to always have faith when we prayed. God hears our prayers, and God answers our prayers. We need to spend time every day in prayer with God.

Jesus taught what we call the Lord’s Prayer; we find it in the book of Matthew. We’re going to look at each line to make sure we understand its meaning.


After this manner therefore pray ye: When Jesus says "after this manner" he means he is showing us the things to bring into our prayer life. We usually say this prayer word for word when we pray together in church. There are many many different ways to pray; this is what we should use as a model.

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. We recognize that God is holy. We praise his name.

Thy kingdom come. We know that God acts to change lives here on earth, and he will bring us all to his Heavenly kingdom.

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. God wants us to turn to him daily in prayer and listen for His Guidance; He will enable us to follow Him. He loves us and wants us to love others–all others, even those who may be unkind to us,

Give us this day our daily bread. Jesus wants us to depend on God for our needs every day. We should not worry about whether we have a month's supply of food. God is an abundant provider. He wants us to look to him in faith for our needs. Many times Jesus did not even know where he was going to sleep at night when he started out for the day, or how he would be fed. He trusted God at every turn. He doesn't want his children to be worried and afraid, but at peace and trusting.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Now these words may be tricky. What is a debt? It means something that we owe. If we go the grocery store and get a candy bar, we have a debt. We owe the store money for the candy bar we want to take home. Sometimes we ask for things we cannot have. Sometimes we do things for others and they feel obligated to repay us. Jesus wants us to be willing to give to others without expecting anything in return. Sometimes people do things that make us angry. If we cannot forgive them, then God will not forgive us. We get what we give.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Jesus wants our prayer to strengthen our desire to do what is right. God does not intend for us to do wrong. He wants us to avoid everything that is bad and evil. He wants us to be good children.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Jesus again recognizes that all authority and power rests with God. God is in control.

DIG:

Application (GAME):

 

  1. Divide group into two teams provide each team with poster board strips; each strip should contain one line of the prayer.
  2. Present situations to the teams, they must determine which line applies, grab it and send one person with it to a designated spot.
  3. First team to get it right gets a point.

Situations


Answer: Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
*You’re eating lunch with friends and one of them uses God’s name in vain.
*You feel really great and shout out “Praise God!”

Thy kingdom come.
*A person who has broken the law, been hurtful to others suddenly accepts Jesus as his/her savior
*Praying for people or friends who don’t know God’s Love

Answer: Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
*Your family stops to help someone whose car is broken down
*A visitor comes to church, and you greet them with a smile and introduction

Answer: Give us this day our daily bread.
*Your family and friends get together every month to share a meal together.
*Your parents are out of work, and you’re worried about how they will pay the bills

Answer: And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
*A kid on your soccer team pushes you down and doesn’t stop to see if you’re okay.
*You talk back to your parents, then apologize, and they forgive you
*Your best friend says something really mean about you

Answer: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
*Someone drops their wallet at the mall with lots of money in it.
*Your teacher leaves the answers to tomorrow’s test on her desk

Answer: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
*The awesome power of a hurricane
*The beauty of a sunset

Reflect-Closure

 

After the game discuss the ways this prayer can guide all we do.

 

Pray the Lord’s Prayer together



ADAPTIONS

 

Ages 4-7

Draw pictures representing different parts of the prayer (loaf of bread, clouds and earth, someone helping another...be imaginative) on pieces of poster board. Describe different simple situations and have the kids pick the correct picture

Additional Situations to add to game

CreativeCarol

I've got a couple more that we will use:

Answer: Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
* You’re eating lunch with friends and one of them keeps saying “Oh my god.”

Answer: Thy kingdom come.
* You pray for someone you know who has rejected God’s desire to be their friend.
* You hear about a peaceful protest in a foreign land that brings about a change for the better in conditions of human justice.
* Collective bargaining successfully settles a labor disagreement.

These are fun to think up! (Some of these would only work with older students. And some fit into multiple categories.)

Any others care to chime in?
--Carol

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Exchange Volunteer improved readability to new standards and inserted adaption scenerios by Carol into matching lesson set.

 
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LORD'S PRAYER

 

GAMES WORKSHOP

 

Written by
Rev. Lisa Martin, Trinity UCC, Pottstown, PA



Summary


Children will play a game to correctly sequence the prayer, and paraphrase the prayer to help develop and understanding of the meaning. They will close by praying together.

Outcome Objectives


1) Children will correctly put the words of the Lord’s Prayer in order, and work toward memorization of the prayer.
2) Children will paraphrase the prayer and discuss the meaning of unfamiliar words and ideas.
3) Children will pray for each other and world events through a prayer circle.

 


Advance Preparation


Cut and mount on posterboard or construction paper the materials needed for sequencing game.
Prepare a masking tape line numbered 1-5 (or 1-3 for small groups) for ordering prayer.

Write the Lord’s Prayer on the easel

Read Bible background notes and be prepared for leading the final prayer activity.

 

Supplies

  • Game pieces
  • Dictionaries/Thesaurus/Bible Dictionaries
  • Candles for prayer time (depending upon option chosen)
  • Copier or notebook paper,
  • Paper easels, and markers



Opening Activity


Read together the Lord’s Prayer on the easel. Hide the prayer.

Game -- Right Order (about 15-20 minutes)

 

Number five spaces on the floor at least an arms length apart.
Give each child a piece of the Lord’s Prayer and have them put themselves in the correct order, first to last. (An option to make it more difficult can be to have children arrange themselves without talking, or forbid one or two dominant players to talk.) Let them know how many of them are standing in the correct place, but not which ones are in the correct place. Then they move around. Continue until the sequence is completely correct. Then play again with different phrases. You may want to begin with sequential phrases 1-5, 3-7, etc. to begin. Then make it more complicated by really mixing things up (#2, 5, 6, 9, 11) for example.

NOTE: The number in the correct order refers to the place where they should stand, not their positions relative to each other. For example if children put themselves in the order 1 3 2 4 5, there are three correct (1, 4 and 5) If they put themselves in the order 2 3 4 5 1 there are zero correct. 2-5 are in the correct order relative to one another but they aren’t standing where they should stand.

 

1. Our Father
2. Who Art in Heaven
3. Hallowed be Thy Name
4. Thy kingdom come
5. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
6. Give us this day our daily bread
7. Forgive us our debts
8. As we forgive our debtors
9. Lead us not into temptation
10. But deliver us from evil
11. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power
12. And the glory, forever and ever. Amen

 

End by handing out worksheet and having the children put the phrases in the correct order. (If time is running short, this can be taken home as a handout)

 


 

Main Lesson – Paraphrase (20-25 minutes)

 

Using the Lord’s Prayer written out on the easel, work together as a group to define difficult words and explain unfamiliar phrases. Write these next to each phrase in a different color.

Group 2 or 3 children together, and give each group one of the 12 game pieces, a blank piece of paper and markers to right with. Explain that their job is to rewrite the words using paraphrases, definitions, or some sort of alternative wording. For example “Give us our daily bread” could be “we ask only for those things that we absolutely need.”

When they are done with their phrase, have them post it in the correct order on the wall. Then they may take another game piece. Work until all 12 sections have been paraphrased, then say the new prayer together.

 


Life Application (10 minutes)


Explain the different types of prayer. Explain that today’s prayer is going to be a prayer glorifying God and giving thanks. Give examples of these two things. Why do you think it is important to glorify God rather than simply asking for stuff? Give children a minute to reflect on what they might want to say.

Give each child a candle, such as are used on Christmas Eve, being sure to have the wax guard on it. Talk about fire safety and tell the children how you expect them to behave.

Sit in a circle, passing the light around, with each child praising or thanking God. When the light gets passed around the whole circle, say a prayer yourself, and close saying the Lord’s Prayer together.

Note: Speaking aloud, rather than silent prayer is important because it moves children a step closer to being comfortable praying in public. Silent prayer is an option in some other rotations, but here we want children to practice praying in front of others.

Before beginning, explain that this is an activity to be taken seriously. If any children don’t think they can do this or be respectful of others ask them to excuse themselves now.

 

Journaling
Ask children to write out their own paraphrase to the Lord’s Prayer (older) or to draw pictures to illustrate each section of the prayer (younger).

To take home
Lord’s Prayer bookmarks.

Age Adjustments

 

With younger children, divide children only into two groups. You work with one and have the shepherd help the others. Older children can work in pairs, with adults circulating and advising.

 


If you have extra time…
Additional journal entries can be made about prayers to glorify or give thanks to God.

If time runs short…

Make sure you don’t spend so much time on the game that you lose the paraphrasing activity.

 

 
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