Summary of Lesson Activities:
Learn that the word worship isn’t just what happens for an hour once a week. This word worship includes what we may do at any time – experience joy in serving the Lord.
Workshop Objectives: Children will:
- Find Psalm 100 in the Old Testament
- Memorize a portion of Psalm 100
- Explore why we worship God and that worship can also mean ‘to serve’.
- Read the scripture for this lesson.
- Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
- Gather the materials.
- VBS CD and CD player (option to pick one song to play, like “Yes, Lord!")
- Plastic grocery bags and throw-away gloves for trash pick up
Before Start of Class:
- Have the key verse written out on a large sheet of paper for them to read
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet your students warmly, welcoming them to the Mission Workshop. Introduce yourself and any other adults. Pass around a basket to collect any offering. Remind everyone what the M&M project is for the month.
[Note: The Shepherd will quietly take attendance, etc. while you are starting your lesson.]
Say: We are learning (continuing to learn) Psalm 100 this month and what it means to worship. First, let’s begin with prayer.
Ask for any prayer requests. Ask if anyone would like to lead the group in prayer. Be prepared to say a prayer yourself, working in prayer requests. A suggestion: (After prayer requests), Help us to worship you Lord today and keep our minds and hearts open to learning about you. Amen.”
Dig- Main Content and Reflection:
Ask: Did you know Psalm 100 is a song of thanks? This psalm is telling us why and how we worship God. Psalm 100 is a collection of commands. Let’s see if we can hear these commands as we read it.
Read Psalm 100 to the students.
[You may consider underlining the commands on the paper copy as they “find” (hear) them.]
- Shout for Joy
- Worship the Lord
- Come before Him
- Know the LORD is God
- Enter His gates
- Give thanks
- Praise His name
Say: Let’s memorize two lines of it today. [Work on this together. See end of lesson for ideas.]
Say: I want you to know where you can find Psalm 100 so you can go home and find it in your Bible. Pick up any Bible (maybe while you are in a church worship service!) and find Psalms in the middle. Can you all find Psalm 100 in these Bibles?
Help the children open their Bible in the middle to find Psalms. Point out that the large numbers at the top indicate the chapters. Have them find Psalm 100.
Say: It might have different words than what is up on my paper here. Psalms will always be in the Old Testament. The Old Testament is the Hebrew Bible that Jesus learned when he was a child. The New Testament was written after Jesus was on earth.
Ask: Okay, let’s close our Bibles and I want to ask you a question. When someone says, “Let’s worship God,” what do you think of? Let’s think of all the ways we worship God.
(Some answers might be: people in church in the big sanctuary or at Greenwood, people singing around a campfire or at VBS under the tent – here you could play a song from VBS or wait til the end to see if you have enough time – college students singing praise songs with a band, high school student drama group SWP performing at the Bethlehem Inn, families around a dinner table saying/singing their prayers)
Say: The Bible is a very old book. This copy of the Bible is not that old, but the Bible was first written down more than 3000 years ago. So when this psalm was originally written, it was written in a language called Hebrew. The Bible has been translated from Hebrew to English so that we can read it.
Ask: I just asked you what worship was. Do you know what the word worship is in Hebrew?
Say: The Hebrew word used for “worship” means to work or to serve. We might think of the word worship as what happens for an hour once a week, but in reality this word worship includes what we may do at any time – experiencing joy in serving the Lord.
Ask: If the Hebrew word for worship means to work or serve, how do we work for God during the week? (Mission trips – will probably have to explain the word ‘mission’, helping a neighbor or at Alpha House, doing a chore for parents.
Say: Well, we are going to worship God this morning by serving the church. We are going to clean up some trash in the church yard without ANYONE ASKING US TO! We will be ‘secret agents for God’. We might even find some weeds to pull to help the flowers grow better, but ask an adult before you pull anything! ☺ You might even find a garden in our church yard where people worship God outside. You let me know if you find it. So, everyone gets a pair of gloves and a plastic bag and we will stay together as a group outside as we go on our mission. (If there isn’t much trash in our yard, you could go help our neighbors at the Baptist church.)
[Keep an eye on your watch and return to the classroom at the end.]
Say: Let’s close by saying the Lord’s Prayer.
Lord, it was fun worshipping you today outside! Help us to remember to serve you with love. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
- The Big Book of Bible Games. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light, 1996. (for suggestions on practicing verses)
- Scripture quoted is taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
Attachment: suggestions for practicing the key verse
- Plan with the students, a way to say/act out each verse.
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Have the students shout out the first part and put their arms in a circle to represent the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Have them put their hands in a praying mode then dance joyfully.
- Start out by introducing a rhythm – for example: slapping legs twice and clapping hands twice. When students have the rhythm down, have them say the verses with one word on each beat.
- Divide the class into four groups. Assign a portion of each verse to each group. (Shout for joy to the LORD/ all the earth. / Worship the LORD with gladness/ come before him with joyful songs.) Point to each group and have them stand and say their portion of the verse then sit down. Repeat, increasing speed.
A lesson written by Carol Teener and Carol Hulbert from: First UMC
Ann Arbor, MI
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Teener,Carol and Carol Hulbert. “Psalm 100: Missions Workshop." August 2006. Place URL where lesson found inside angle brackets<>.
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