4) Praise One-Liners
Our church started its Fall programming last week. Has
your church begun yours? Do you have an opening time? If so, please share
what you do.
At our church we gather as a group for announcements,
sing songs, and then pray before releasing the children to our three separate
groups (K-2, 3-4, and 5-6 grades). This week in the 3rd-4th grade group I
will introduce Praise One-Liners. Before beginning our lesson, I will
have the children sit in a circle and talk about the importance of beginning
our prayers with praise. I will ask them to define praise (approving,
bragging on, thinking or speaking favorably). And then read the
My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long.
I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise.
. . PS 8:2
The first Psalm tells us to speak or praise God
for his righteousness (God is just and true, he deals fairly with all
people). The second one tells us to tell of God's wonders (in our lives,
homes, schools, country, creation). The third one tells us God's praises
flow from the lips of children and infants! Challenge your kids to think of
one thing they can praise God for, using one word or one sentence, then
begin "bragging on" God. (Teacher starts the prayer, proceed
around the circle, teacher ends prayer with Amen.)
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