EASTER MUSIC LITURGY (15-20 minutes) Singers introduce themselves.
Singer 1: This month we celebrate Easter! Why do we celebrate Easter? What is Easter? Allow children to answer: Jesus died on the cross. Jesus died for my sins. Jesus is risen from the dead. Fill in any part left out and encourage right answers. Gently correct wrong answers. Let's start this morning by remembering the Easter story and saying, "HALLELUIA!"
Call and Response: Singer 2: Hallelujah means, "Praise the Lord!" Say, "HALLELUIA!" (HALLELUIA) Now say, "PRAISE THE LORD!" Listen to what I say and when I pause say, "HALLELUIA!" Leader: Jesus is God! Jesus is Lord! Children: HALLELUIA! Leader: Jesus suffered and died on the cross for my sins! Children: HALLELUIA! Leader: Jesus was dead! But death could NOT keep Jesus! Children: HALLELUIA! Leader: Now Jesus is alive! Jesus is risen! He rose from the dead! Children: HALLELUIA! Leader: Jesus is the champion! Jesus is victorious! He is the winner! Children: HALLELUIA! Leader: Now stand up and let's shout, "JESUS IS ALIVE!" ("JESUS IS ALIVE!") Repeat several times. Have children jump up and down chanting, "Jesus is alive!"
Singer 2: We are going to sing a song to help us memorize a Bible verse, Romans 5:8. "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were still sinners Christ died for us." So how has God shown us He loves us? (Answer: While we were still sinners Christ died for us.) Yes! "God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were still sinners Christ died for us." Let's sing this together!
Guitarist: Jesus is risen! (Have kids answer again: ALLELUIA!) JESUS IS RISEN! (Have kids answer again: ALLELUIA!) Singer 2: Let's pray! Let's fold our hands quietly, close our eyes, and talk inside our hearts to God. God sees in our hearts and He hears us: Jesus, You are the winner! Death did not win! You died on the cross for our sin. Thank You, Jesus. Jesus we want to love you and follow you all of our lives. Amen."
3. “Low in the Grave He Lay,” Words and Music by Robert Lowry (1826-1899) (Traditional Hymn... but jazz up the refrain! Sing verses slow. Jazz up and sing the chorus VERY LIVELY! Make sure the kids do the motions. Have the kids down on the floor crouched down singing the verses, then stand up and jump up and down for the chorus, "Up from the grave He arose..." You may need to help teach them the song a bit the first time as they probably won't know it. Then add in the motions. If they seem too bored, just do it all together and repeat as needed to learn it.)