BIG IDEA: I CAN WORSHIP
AIM: The aim of the ‘Hallelujah!’ Childrens Lesson on Psalm 150 is to help children understand what it means to worship God; what worship is and who it is for. This is the final session in the ‘Summer of Songs’ teaching series.
- ‘Sing Hosanna – Halelu, Halelu’ – for ages 5-7 this song is a classic! Have half the children stand up and sing ‘Praise Ye the Lord’ and half do the same for ‘Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah!’… you can also sing this yourselves and go faster each time. The children will love standing up and sitting down fast!
- ‘Praise Him’ by Brentwood Benson
- ‘So Will I’ by Hillsong Worship
- ‘All Creation’ by David and Nicole Binion
- ‘Psalm 150:1-6’ by Sing Through the Bible
- Speed Sing. (regular/widescreen) See who can speed sing a chorus to a song first. Simply give each player or team a song chorus to sing that they all know (perhaps use one of your familiar kids church songs or church songs if you have any). Then see which player/team can sing the chorus the fastest.
- Name That Tune. (regular/widescreen) Play parts of different songs and have the children – or teams – try to write down or guess what the name of the song is. The player/team that gets the most correct answers is the winning player/team.
- I’m a Rock Star! (regular/widescreen) Have children dress up in a rock star wig with an inflatable mic and inflatable guitar and see who can mime to a song the best. Choose an upbeat song that the children will know. Encourage the children to vote for the best rockstar.
BIG VERSE: Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1
SET the Scene:
Read Psalm 150. Before you begin reading, encourage the children to think about what the passage might be describing. Explain that this psalm is all about worship. This week you’ll be looking at worship through song, but there are many ways to worship God. We worship God with our whole body, everything we have. Worship is when we show God what we think He is worth.
Icebreaker Question: What would you pay to meet your favorite celebrity?
(This could be a footballer, famous singer or any kind of person they want to meet)
Say: When we are ready to pay for something it is because we think it is worth paying for. It is worth a lot to us. It is valuable to us – even precious to us! So, how much is God worth to us? He doesn’t ask us to pay to be His friend. His friendship is free. Yet when we know Him we want to give Him everything because we realize HE IS WORTH EVERYTHING! Nothing is greater than Him!
[Have the word Hallelujah on the projector – use the Powerpoint image below, or create a big piece of paper with the word on it so that children know what it looks like and how to spell it.]
Say: The word ‘Hallelujah’ is a word that shows joy in praising Jesus! It is a way to show joy and express our thanks, praise and worship. So today, we’re thinking about what it means to worship God.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: (ages 5-7)
- Who do we praise and worship? (verse 1)
- Where can we praise God? (verse 1)
- What can we praise God for? (verse 2)
- How can we praise God? (verses 3-5)
- Who can praise the Lord? (verse 6)
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1) OUR FOCUS OF WORSHIP IS GOD
What am I Worshipping? (regular/widescreen) Have different leaders stand at the front. Hand them each a sheet of paper with a word for something that can be worshipped. They must role play (in turn) worshipping those things. They can use words. For example, someone given the word “yourself” may start saying “I am so fabulous, I mean, have you seen how utterly beautiful I am!” etc and would start checking themselves out in a mirror. Whereas the person given a famous footballer may talk obsessively about them. Use your imagination with things that can be worshipped and make sure that you show respect to everyone’s form of worship, whilst challenging why we worship Jesus. Encourage the children to guess what is being worshipped.
You will need a mirror for this demonstration.
Say: Psalm 150 is all about the One we worship. Who is that? [get feedback] That’s right! God! The maker of the Universe! Our Creator God! Our Father God! There are so many things that we can make the most important thing or person in our lives. Whatever we think most about or even obsess about – that is what or who we worship.
Our focus of worship is God. When we sing, who do we sing to? (God!) Exactly. God is incredible! He is three persons in one: God the Father, God the Son [Jesus] and God the Holy Spirit. He is one God, but three persons. Three persons in one! That means He can be our loving Father God and our hero – Jesus our Savior all at the same time, and He can draw close to us and give us power through His Holy Spirit! So when we worship our focus is God, it’s not on if we like the song or not, or whether we like singing… when we worship through singing we give our worship to God. It is ALL ABOUT HIM!
Our focus of worship is God because we remember all the good things that He has done and the person that He is. We remember how He sent Jesus, His Only Son so that we might be forgiven and be His friends. Worshipping helps us to remember that God is good and that He is faithful – He never leaves us or lets us down. Our worship helps remind us of how great God is! We thank Him for His Holy Spirit, who helps us to live a life that honors God.
Worship is all about God. [Grab the mirror] It isn’t about me and thinking about me [turn the mirror to look at yourself] but it helps me to reflect my love, adoration and praise back to God. [Turn the mirror to face the ceiling or the sky]. My worship points me back to God and it points others to Him too. When people see me worshipping they will wonder why; and I can tell them – it’s because of who He is!
2) ALL CREATION WORSHIPS GOD
Animal Charades. (regular/widescreen) The Leaders have all done some role play – now encourage the children to role play animal noises. Play a game of animal charades where children are only allowed to make animal noises and do actions for the other children to guess.
Say: Psalm 150 says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord” (verse 6). Every living creature and everything in creation worships God. Jesus said that if we don’t worship Him then the rocks will cry out in worship (Luke 19:40). Psalm 66:4 says “All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.”
All creation worships God – He is the Maker and Creator of everything! That’s why the Psalmist says “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” (Ps 150:6) So if everyone and everything gives God worship and praise, why wouldn’t we?
3) WE CAN WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER
Have one leader start singing a worship song. Then add another leader with a different harmony or in a round (depending on the song you have chosen). Keep doing this until you have 4 or more singers. We love the old Psalty song ‘The Body Song’ in a round as it highlights the way we are all part of the body. As it is an old song not many kids may know it, which adds to the fun and surprise! Just a warning: that song may take a little practice!
This idea would also work well as a flash mob – so starting out of the blue, to surprise the children. It would also be funny to have someone that you would never expect to sing, begin the song.
Say: The best thing about worship is that we don’t always have to do it alone, but we can worship together! It’s so much fun to worship alongside your friends and family! The Church is one big family and we can all worship together! God loves it when we come together to praise and worship Him!
Hebrews 10:24-25 says:
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
We meet together to praise and worship God because it is a way of encouraging one another and reminding each other who God is and all He has done for us. 1 Corinthians 14:26 says, “What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.” When we come together to praise and worship God we each have something we can bring and encourage one another with. Perhaps you can tell a friend something God has done for you this week, maybe you will want to pray for them. Coming together in worship encourages us and builds us up to do and believe for more of God in our world.
SEARCH the Scriptures:
Which Worshipper? (regular) In their teams, children are given numbered stickers for each answer. Around the room are posters of different Bible characters. The children must run and place the corresponding number sticker on the answer to that question. The team with the most correct answers are the winners.
This person/ these people worshipped God by…
- playing a harp in the field. [David]
- pouring perfume on Jesus’ feet [Mary Magdelene]
- dancing in front of the ark of the covenant (David)
- placing all she had in the temple offering box (widow)
- walking around Jericho seven times (Joshua)
- singing songs of praise in their jail cell. (Paul and Silus)
- being willing to sacrifice his son to show God how much he loved Him (Abraham).
Alternatively, if your children do not have the best Bible knowledge, encourage them to race to grab as many Bible characters as they can, whilst doing different actions (hopping, skipping, jumping etc) Then discuss and explain how each person worshipped God.
- In what way do you like to worship?
- What does ‘worship’ mean to you?
- Who do you look up to as someone that truly worships God?
- When was the last time you worshipped God?
SENSE How You Feel:
- Making craft instruments. [Try this pan flute craft]
- Create your own song/poem/rap/dance/artwork based on the Psalm.
- Play on musical instruments around the room.
- Have leaders come and lead workshops on: creative worship (art etc), dance in worship, drums, guitars, etc.
- Have a station where children can listen to worship music through headphones. You could also encourage them to listen to Hallelujah Handel’s Messiah and share with them the story of why it was written – to tell the story of who Jesus was and what He had done.
- The obvious response to this session is to have someone lead the children in worship. Encourage the children to express their own form of worship. Remind them that it is okay to move and dance or sit still and think and pray or even to lie down in God’s presence.
- Have a large white canvas or roll of paper and encourage children to write or draw words or scenes used to worship God or those they want to express to worship God themselves.