Praise the Lord!

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We celebrate our love for God every week in church, and we can
celebrate God in other ways too. This song-filled object lesson is
a great way to teach kids how to praise and worship the Lord.

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Basic Belief: Worship

Theme: We can celebrate our love for God with
praise.

Scripture: “Praise the Lord! It is good to sing
praises to our God; it is good and pleasant to praise Him” (Psalm
147:1).

Preparation: You’ll need a Bible, the shiny
ribbons from the Message Kit box, drinking straws, and tape.

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Message Starter

Have children sit in a circle. Ask:

· What special days do you like to celebrate?

· How do you celebrate on those special days?

· When can we celebrate our love for God?

Say: We celebrate our love for God every week
in church, and we can celebrate our love for God on other days,
too! In fact, let’s celebrate right now! We’ll make celebration
sticks to use for our celebration.

Give each child a drinking straw and about six to ten ribbon
strands from the Message Kit box. Show kids how to tape the ribbon
strands to one end of the straw to make a celebration stick. Make
sure to make a celebration stick for yourself.

When each child has made a celebration stick, have kids put
their sticks on the floor in front of them.

The Message

Say: Good job! You know, when we celebrate
God’s love for us, it’s called praising God.

Ask:

· How do you think God feels when we praise him?

· How do you feel when you praise God?

Say: In the Bible, the book of Psalms talks a
lot about praising God. Have a child read Psalm 147:1 aloud. Then
ask:

· Why is it good to praise God?

· How can we praise and celebrate God’s love right now?

Say: Singing is a great way to praise God and
celebrate his love for us. Let’s celebrate!

Have kids wave their celebration sticks and lead the
congregation in singing one of your church’s favorite simple praise
songs. If possible, coordinate before the service with your music
director to help you with this portion of the children’s message.
Or have a tape or CD cued to the praise song you’ve selected, and
have an adult helper begin the music at your signal.

Encourage kids to take their celebration sticks home to remind
them to praise God.

Extra Idea!

For extra fun, lead the children in a walk around the sanctuary
as you sing and celebrate. Who knows? Maybe the adults will join in
the parade!

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