Posts Tagged ‘worship’

God Calls Little Samuel  

Our hope is for our kids to know that: In the midst of Israel’s Great Sin, God raises up a prophet

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
John 10:27

(Open the bible and read to your child 3:1-20) Samuel kept hearing someone call his name. At first he thought it was his mentor Eli, until Eli discerned that it was the Lord calling Samuel.  When Samuel meets the Lord he is told about the judgement coming to Eli’s household. Eli’s sons were wicked and needed to be removed from the priesthood, but Eli did not remove them. Samuel heard from the Lord at a time where the Lord rarely gave visions or prophetic messages to Israel. This was because Israel had left the Lord and did not worship Him, Samuel was called to be a prophet for Israel, and he was recognized as such as he grew older.

The Jesus Connection:
Read 1 Samuel 2:26; Luke 2:52.
In the midst of corruption within Eli’s household, God sent a man to prophesy the coming of a faithful priest who would be obedient to the heart and mind of God. The final fulfillment of this promise came in the life of Christ. Jesus did only what his Father commanded him to do (John 14:31). Jesus is a faithful high priest forever (Hebrews 7:21–24). Samuel was also a foreshadowing of Christ. Very similar language is used to describe both Samuel and Jesus (compare 1 Samuel 2:26 and Luke 2:52).


Noah Builds the Ark

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God wants us to obey

Key Verse:
“Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than men!’” 

(Open the bible and read to your child Genesis 6:5-22) Noah was righteous and found favor with God at a time God was sorry he made man. The assumption is usually that God saw that man was so wicked that he decided to wipe them all off the earth. But if we truly look at the character and nature of God, we see a compassionate God who sees man stuck in a world of sin. Sin had taken over the earth and God had compassion over man. So God instructed Noah to build a huge Ark, so that through Noah and his family mankind can start again.  

Talk with your family about the reasons for rules. Invite your kids to come up with a list of rules in your house that they don’t completely understand. Then, one rule at a time, explain why you created each rule and how they keep your kids from potential harm or simply help your kids find their way to what’s best for them. God’s rules are meant to do the same—to keep us safe and lead us to what’s best for our lives.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week determine as a family to obey the people who have authority over you, such as teachers and bosses. Brainstorm ways you can obey without complaining, and help each other practice obedience this week. That means keeping a good attitude about what’s asked of you and following rules. At the end of the week, talk as a family about how successful each member was in obeying. Discuss the benefits of obeying with a positive attitude.


Esther Saves Her People

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Everyone can serve God

Key Verse:
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” 

(Open the bible and read to your child Esther 2-9) Xerxes, the Persian King picked Esther as queen. Now Esther was a Jew, one of God’s chosen people, however the king did not know that.  Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, got into a little bit of trouble with Haman, a high ranking official. Haman ordered all to bow down to him, however Mordecai refused, stating that he will only bow down and worship God. Haman hated this, and had the king issue an order which would wipe out all Jews in the kingdom. When Mordecai heard about this, he urged Esther to go to the king and tell him about it. Esther took a risk and went to the king uninvited. The king was outraged that Haman would trick him into making a decree to wipe out Esther and her people. Therefore, the king removed Haman and saved Esther and the Jews. Esther was obedient in serving God where he had placed her , and God used her actions to preserve his people.

Tell your family about a time you helped someone. Maybe you gave food to hungry families or simply talked to someone who needed a friend. Have your children tell about times they’ve helped others. That’s service to God also—everyone can serve God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Have a family talent show one night after dinner. Ask family members to think of a talent; then have them think of a way to present the talent to others in your show. Let family members act out their special talents for each other. Then, as a family, thank God for giving your family talents to use for him. Decide together one way your family can serve God this week, and then follow through!

Daniels Friends Are Safe in the Fiery Furnace

Our hope is for our kids to know that: They can stand strong for God 

Key Verse:
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage be strong”  
1 Corinthians 16:13

(Open the bible and read to your child Daniel 3) King Nebuchadnezzar defeated Judah and took the smartest and best people he could find back to Babylon. Among them were Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These three had a conflict with the King because they would not bow down to the huge 90 foot tall Gold statue that Nebuchadnezzar built. As a result the king ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than normal, and ordered for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be thrown in. When they were thrown in the King was amazed they did not burn. And with them was a fourth person, likely an angel or God himself, walking around untouched! As a result the king had them come out of the furnace and made an order that no one shall speak negative about the God that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego worshipped. 

Tell your kids about a time you showed courage and stood strong for your beliefs. Perhaps you chose to defend a friend when others gossiped. Or maybe you confidently told someone you’re a Christian when asked about your beliefs. Talk with your kids about what’s most scary about standing strong for God. Then brainstorm with your children ways they can stand strong for God at school, at home, at church, and anywhere they go.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Create a “Stand Strong for God” award to pass around your family. The award could be an official-looking certificate, a badge to wear or hang on your bedroom door, or even a special dessert or night out for ice cream once a week. Each time you see a family member standing up for God or someone shares about how he or she stood strong for God, recognize that person with your special award. As you praise each other for standing firm in your faith, you’ll provide encouragement for the future when
standing strong for God is difficult.

God Calls Isaiah

Key Verse:

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker”
Psalm 95:6

Our hope is for kids to know that: God is Holy

(Open the bible and read to your child Isaiah 6:1-8) Being a prophet was a pretty tough job for many, and for Isaiah it was very tough. He had the task of telling Israel that God was angry with them. In this week’s passage we read the description of Isaiah’s experience worshipping God. Isaiah saw God’s holiness, and Seraphs which are a type of angel hovering above. He felt the temple shake and fill with smoke as the sound of Holy, Holy, Holy was heard throughout the place. The amazing part of Isaiah’s experience was God’s grace was evident. As a seraph flew to him, he was told “your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for”. What a great and holy God we worship, who forgives us of our sins and loves us unconditionally.

(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Tell about a person you greatly respect and why. How do you respond to the qualities you admire? For example, you might aim to be more like that person or spend time learning from him or her. We can do similar things to worship God because we respect him. Talk with your kids about ways your family can worship God this week.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, think about ways to show that God is holy, which means “set apart,” “sacred,” or “pure.” Have family members find an object in the home that communicates set apart, sacred, or pure. For example, someone can find soap that is “100% pure.” Or, a piece of china used only for special family dinners. When everyone’s found an object, talk about the following:

• How does the object communicate set apart, sacred or pure?

• What does it mean for God to be set apart, sacred or pure?

• What are ways that we can live out God’s holiness as a family?


Key Verse: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies’”
(John 11:25)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We Praise Jesus

(Open the bible and read to your child Psalm 118:19-29; Matthew 21:1-11) Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem was the high point of his earthly ministry. The scene was one that military heroes often received, with one main difference; Jesus rode in on a donkey, a sign of humility, rather than riding in on a horse, which fulfilled an Old Testament prophecy. The people who made up the crowd placed their cloaks as a carpet on the street, which was an act of honor and of submission. The people also used cut palm branches as a victory celebration for Jesus. This is known as Palm Sunday.

(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents:Share with your children one reason to praise Jesus today. Maybe you saw an amazing sunrise and can praise Jesus for his creation. Or perhaps you were reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and want to tell him how thankful you are. Encourage your children to share at least one thing they can praise Jesus for as well. Encourage each other to look for one reason to praise Jesus every day this week.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, use household objects to show how you can praise Jesus. You can use the words from the Key Verse to get you started: power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and praise. Have each family member choose a word and then find an object in the house that represents that way to praise Jesus. For example, someone can bring a piggy bank and tell how we as a family can offer our wealth as praise to Jesus. After everyone finds an object and explains how it represents praise for Jesus, have everyone lift up their object. In unison say, “Jesus, you are worthy of praise! Thank you!”

Jesus Saving Time

Key Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus loves everyone

(Open the bible and read to your child John 4:5-42) It was about noon, and Jesus stopped for a drink. It was a great time for a drink, but the wrong time to draw water. A Samaritan woman was apparently not welcome with the other women who drew from the well in the morning or the evening. It was also not the custom for a Jewish man to speak to a Samaritan woman, so she was very surprised when Jesus asked her for a drink. However, Jesus was more concerned about the woman’s relationship with God than appearances or customs. Because Jesus acted out of love, the woman was able to see who he was and change her life. In addition, she went back to tell her people that she had met the messiah!  

(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Share from your own experience (or from the experience of a family friend) about how knowing Jesus has changed your life. Talk about what’s been better and even what’s been harder in your life as a Christian. For example, maybe being a Christian has helped you handle difficult situations with more grace. On the other hand, maybe being a Christian has made it harder for you to relate to family members who aren’t Christians. Encourage your kids to share ways knowing Jesus has changed their lives as well.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Gather clear drinking glasses for all family members, a pitcher of water, a bowl of ice cubes, and tongs. You’ll also need a Bible. Talk about how Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water. Read John 4:9-10. Have each family member serve another one a glass of water with ice. Have someone read John 4:13-14. Share how Jesus’ love is like living water—it flows on forever in those who receive it. Pray that God will help your family share that “loving” water of Jesus with each other and with the world.