"Readers" version of Psalm 23
"A" "B" and "C" ...these can be readers, or groups, or puppets, or actions, or artwork/drawings, or body-posed and spoken, or sung, or... etc etc.
"A" is the scripture, and then you have the option to use B or C or both, depending on your needs, ideas, groups. Feel free to copy and improve to your liking. With older children, you could have them add a "D" comment.
A - The Lord is My Shepherd, I shall not want
B - The Lord looks after me and makes sure I have everything I need
C - When I follow God, I am never going in the wrong direction.
A - He makes me lie down in green pastures
B - God wants me to go the right way in my life
C - God says "stop! enjoy! rest."
A - He leads me beside still waters
B - God leads me to rest, to be still and to know God.
C - God leads me to a place where my soul can be quiet and untroubled.
A - He restores my soul
B - God makes me feel so good
C - God listens to me, and counsels me, and heals me.
A - He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake
B - God shows me the right things to do
C - God wants me to be about HIS business, and not just my own.
A - Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
B - Even though I may be in scared at times or in frightening situations
C - Like the time I felt alone, or put down, or my grandma died...
A - I fear no evil: for you are with me
B - I never need to be scared, for I know the Lord is always with me.
C - I feel your hand in mine, Lord, and I know you will take care of me no matter what.
A - Your rod and your staff – they comfort me
B - Your love and discipline keep me safe
C - Your ways are not easy, but I know they are right, and that gives me strength.
A - You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies
B - You invite me to be with you even when people are mean to me
C - You invite me to forgive and try to sit down with those I have a hard time with.
A - You anoint my head with oil
B - You treat me like a King or Queen
C - I feel your acceptance and love flow down around me.
A - My cup overflows
B - God’s love and blessings are more than I need
C - With feelings of gratitude and energy to serve.
A - Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
B - God’s goodness and forgiveness will always be with me
C - I just need to look over my shoulder to see you in my life.
A - And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever
B - And I will always belong to the Lord
C - Because home with you is where my heart longs to be.
Originally written by Catherine Devins, of Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church, Cary, NC.
Option "C" added by Neil MacQueen at a later date.