Lent Psalms Children Sermon Series: This is the first in a series of children’s sermons on the Psalms for Lent. For children’s sermons on the gospels you can see Year A 2014
Preparation: Sandbox toys and sand if you are brave
Gather the children with you. I brought with me today some sandbox toys–how many of you like to play in the sand? Yes, it is a lot of fun! What can you do in the sand? Take Answers. Then ask, what other ways do you like to play?
The Psalm for today is Psalm 95
Use the version from the book Psalms for Young Children by Marie-Helene Delval that reads:
Let’s shout out loud with joy to God!
Because God is a really big God.
God can hold the world in God’s hands, the deep caves, the mountaintops, the blue seas–and you and me too!
I like this psalm because it is a playful psalm! It tells us how much God loves to play and create and I love to play and create too! Let’s say this psalm together with hands showing the joy of praising God who creates sand and rocks and sun and water and all the things we love to play and create with.
Let’s shout out loud with joy to God! (cup hands to mouth and then lift them high in the air)
Because God is a really big God. (show really wide big arms)
God can hold the world in God’s hands, (make a circle and put hands out at end) the deep caves, (hands over eyes looking into a cave) the mountaintops, (hand overhead and clasp together) the blue seas (make wave motions with hands)–and you and me too! (point out for you and in to yourself for me) AMEN!
Reformed Worship has a wonderful series of Prayer stations on the Psalms for Lent. Go their website and look for Week 3 on Psalm 95