PSALM 118: This is the Day the Lord has Made - Music Lesson

Psalm 118

Music Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

For Older Children listening to and discussing Steven Curtis Chapman's song  "The Next 5 Minutes."


Scripture Reference:

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Ephesians 5:15, 16 “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

Lesson Objectives:

  • Students will explore the concept of time as a gift from God.
  • Students will look at the absurdity of many of our society’s uses of time.
  • Students will use the song, “Next 5 Minutes” as they discuss of seizing a moment and making every day count.

 

Materials:

  • CD Player
  • CD, “Speechless” – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Slips of paper with advertisements from the internet – things that take only 5 minutes
  • Handout with lyrics to the song “Next 5 Minutes” by Steven Curtis Chapman & Adam Anders

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time. 
  • Gather the materials.


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Open with prayer: “Good morning, Lord. As we begin a new day together bring us closer to each other and closer to You. Amen.”

Pose the following question to the group: “What can you do in five minutes?”
Is it a lot of time or barely any time at all?

The idea is to get the class to see it from both sides. Five minutes are often wasted – thought of as nothing and that’s often valid. Five minutes can also make a huge difference. When? (When you’re late, when you’re taking a tough test, when they’re your last 5 minutes. . .)

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Give each student one or more of the slips of paper containing advertisements for things that can be done in five minutes. (Listed at the end of this lesson.) Tell them that these all came from a simple Internet search on “five minutes.” They range from fairly reasonable to ridiculous.

Have the kids share the advertisement listed on their paper(s) with the group, briefly discussing the merits of each claim. This doesn’t have to take too much time, but hopefully will assist in getting them to think about various uses of time as well as the value our society places on time itself.

Turn to the Bible and the verses to be highlighted today. Choose two volunteers to find and read (one each) the verses to the group. The first (Psalm 118:24) is probably very familiar to them. (Is it so familiar that it’s lost its meaning?)

Discuss the concept of “God’s time” especially as it relates to His gift of life to each of us. How do we spend God’s time?

Have the class listen to the song, “Next 5 Minutes” – track #5 on Steven Curtis Chapman’s Speechless CD. (Use your own discretion about when you want to hand out the lyric sheets. My suggestion is to have them listen to the song several times and to try to catch the words – you can help them where they need it. They can then take the lyric sheet home with them to remember, but let ‘em work for the gist now.)

Discuss the song’s lyrics and the attitude they convey. Can/do they live their lives like this?

If you watched the Rachel Scott video last week, discuss Rachel’s attitude toward life and her feeling that she would not live to a very old age. How did she rejoice in each of the Lord’s days? She lived her last five minutes as a high school student and embracing the Lord. How easy/hard is that to do?

 

Closing:
Close with prayer: “Lord, truly you have given us this day, this moment, this next five minutes. Let us rejoice and be glad in them and all of the five minutes’es to come. Amen.”


References:

 


Print the following and cut into strips to be handed out as examples of what can be done in 5 minutes.


5 MINUTE RESERVATIONS FOR ORLANDO & DISNEY WORLD HOTELS
Instant reservations & big discounts directly from hotels!
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COLORFUL DATA REPOSITORY
Almost Live! These are live views from various locations on the University of Washington campus. Images are updated every 5 minutes.
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PUGET SOUND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS
Area updated on 5-minute intervals!
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COCO PALM GARDEN STUDIOS & APARTMENTS
Located in the quiet residential area – just 5 minutes from the Flamingo airport!
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RAPID DRUG TESTING SERVICES, INC.
FDA approved on-site drug screen kit, tests for the presence of marijuana, cocaine, opiates, PCP’s and AMP’s. Laboratory accurace, results in 3-5 minutes!
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NOAH’S HOUSE – SCENIC HOLIDAY SUITES
Noah’s House – self-catering holiday suites – is located in a pleasant residential neighborhood, only a five minute walk from the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian area in the heart of central Jerusalem.
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FRUMBA
Smoothies blended with fresh fruit, ice, juice, frozen yogurt, and boosts of natural nutritional supplements. Delivers free within a 5-minute radius of their stores.
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CATCH UP ON YOUR CLASSIC NOVELS!
Classic Novels – In 5 Minutes A day brings you the world’s best Classic Novels, delivered in daily five minute installments to your e-mail.
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LEARN TO DO COUNTED CROSS STITCH IN 5 MINUTES!
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HOW TO MAKE CAJUN CHICKEN IN 5 MINUTES!
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EARN MONEY FROM YOUR OWN POSTER STORE!
Build you own posters – NOW site in 5 minutes! The easy way to make money selling posters, prints and photographs. . .
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5 MINUTES TO A PERFECT GOLF SWING!
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LEARN CHINESE IN 5 MINUTES!
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YOU CAN PAY PIANO IN 5 MINUTES A DAY, EVEN IF YOU’VE NEVER PLAYED BEFORE!
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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SCHOOLS DATA POSTED EVERY 5 MINUTES!
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WUNDERBRACER – GOT PAIN? GET RELIEF WITHIN 5 MINUTES!
Soothe the throbbing of sprains and tired muscles.
Stop the anguish of arthritis and bursitis.
Make headaches, back aches and neck aches disappear!
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From the 5-MINUTE CRUSH LOG:
It’s 5:32 and for the next five minutes I will be daydreaming about Pete, because his voice is like maple syrup and he has really nice arms.
Thursday, February 28, 2002 l 05:31 p.m.


 

This lesson was written by Ruth Kroboth, Elmgrove United Methodist Church

 

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