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Abraham and Sarah

Music Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses certain songs about Abraham to learn about the story.


Scripture Reference:

Genesis 18:1-15 and Genesis 21:1-7

Lesson Objective:

To learn about the story of Abraham and Sarah through music.


Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • Select CDs
  • percussion instruments
  • paper and pens.


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Dig- Main Content and Reflection

Lesson Plan:


1. Begin the class by singing 4-5 general songs from the song list. You can choose what songs you’ll like to sing. This “breaks the ice” and lets you start off with singing, setting the tone for the rest of the class. Make sure to use lyric sheets as necessary. This should take up 10-15 minutes of your class time.

2. Read Genesis 18:1-15 and 21:1-7. Discuss the story. Who was involved in this story? What happened? Why did Sarah laugh? How old was she? How about Abraham? Who were the three men? Ask about Sarah's having a baby - is that possible for 100+ year old women? Then how did Sarah and Abraham have a child? (You are trying to focus on the fact that with God, all things are possible.)

3. Sing “Father Abraham” off the Wee Sing Bible Songs CD (track #23). Use the lyric sheet as needed. Run through the motions beforehand, and then play and sing the song. Can you think of any other motions to add? After singing it through once, talk about the lyrics. What “many sons” did Abraham have? Why does the song say, “I am one of them and so are you.” Refer to Genesis 15: 1-6, where God promises Abraham many descendants. Talk about what this meant for Abraham to receive this promise and for God to make him the beginning of God’s chosen people. Sing the song one more time, or twice if they like it.

4. For the little kids, try singing “Sarah Married Abraham” to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Sarah married Abraham, Abraham, Abraham,
Sarah married Abraham, they moved across the land

You can talk about the traveling that Abraham and Sarah did as God led them to their new home, where God would begin the nation.

5. If you have time left, have the kids (older ones) write a song about Sarah’s laughing. See if they can make a song to a familiar tune, like “Mary Had a Little Lamb” or “Twinkle twinkle Little Star.” as God led them to their new home, where God would begin the nation.

 

Closing:

6. End with prayer.


 

 

A lesson written by St. Elmo's Choir Rotation Writers Group. 

 

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Abraham and Sarah

Music Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses music to explore how Christians act differently than non Christians.

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 17 – God gave Abram and Sarai new names to signify
that they were new creations after making the covenant with God.

Additional Verses:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone and
the new has come!”
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being
transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the
Lord, who is the Spirit.

- 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)

Lesson Objectives:
Students will consider what it means to follow God/what a Christian looks and
acts like.


Leader Preparations:

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

Supplies List:

  • CD – Steven Curtis Chapman’s ‘Speechless’
  • CD – Stacie Orrico’s ‘Genuine’
  • CD player
  • Handouts containing lyrics for the songs ‘The Change’ and ‘Don’t Look at Me’


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection

Lesson Overview:
The general concept of this lesson is the exploration of how Christians (and
specifically teen Christians) act differently than non-Christians.

When God covenanted with Abraham and Sarah he changed their names to show that
their relationship with God made them new creations.

The song ‘The Change’ by Steven Curtis Chapman talks about the outward signs of
being a Christian – the bumper stickers, the T-shirts, etc. It also asks the
important question, “What about the change” that should take place inside a
person when they turn their lives over to God.

Stacie Orrico’s song ‘Don’t Look at Me’ contrasts by cautioning Christians not
to let people think they have all the answers just because they are Christians.
People are people, not God, no matter how “holy” they are.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Do you have friends who are non-Christians? What do they think of your choice
    to follow God?
  • Do you know Christians who are all talk and no action as far as their faith is
    concerned? (Do they have all the “things a good Christian needs” yet don’t act
    like they have truly brought God into their hearts?)
  • Do non-Christians expect you to be perfect or a goodie-goodie? How do you
    deal with people’s expectations of you?
  • Look though Abraham and Sarah’s story (Genesis 12-18 and 21-22) to find
    examples of how they showed their humanity by not trusting God or by not
    following God’s instructions.

For Example:

  • Genesis 12:10 and on – Why did Abram go to Egypt? Was he panicked by the
    famine and took matters into his own hands? Notice he literally gets back on
    track, returning to Bethel and Ai in Genesis 13:1-4 where it says he called upon
    the Lord.
  • Genesis 12:12 – Abram asked Sarai to pretend she was his sister.
  • Genesis 16:1 – Sarai gives Hagar to Abram to conceive a child.
  • Genesis 18:12 – Sarah laughs when told she will have a child.
  • Genesis 21:10 – Sarah asks Abraham to get rid of Hagar and Ishmael so that
    Ishmael will not inherit anything.
  • How do you feel when Christians make mistakes? Do you hold yourself and other
    Christians to too high a set of standards? Be assured that God does not expect
    us to be perfect. God knows we are human and loves us anyway. Do we love
    others in the same way that God loves us?

Closing:

 

End with a prayer.


 

A lesson written by Ruth Kroboth from: Elmgrove United Methodist Church

 

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