Hey Sojourn Parents, As most of you probably know, twice a month your children get together with kids from other classes and take part in a mini-service modeled after the Big Church, with songs and liturgy and prayer and all. The idea is to introduce the kids to a typical Sojourn worship service so they're ready when they leave the Sojourn Kids program, and also to get them thinking about how good and glorious and beautiful and true God and His gospel are.
This month, the liturgy is centered on God's grace towards us in Jesus. We're singing five songs: "For By Grace" (A setting of Ephesians 2:8-9 in NASB by Mark Altrogge), "Amazing Grace" (the traditional hymn), "You Show Me Kindness" (from Sovereign Grace's To Be Like Jesus cd), "Mighty Mighty Savior" (also from Sovereign Grace, Awesome God - Both of these cds are excellent resources if you don't have them), and "God's Love Goes On Forever" by our own Chandi Plummer.
I hope you're able to connect with your kids as a family around these songs and truths. We want you to know what the kids are doing so they can keep hearing about Jesus and God's grace in between Sojourn Kids services. I'm sure you'll be encouraged and moved too as you consider what God has done for us and talk about it with your kids.
Here's the actual liturgy we'll be using with the kids this month:
This morning's lesson is about God's Amazing Grace! What is God's grace? God's grace is kindness and favor that you and I don't deserve. Let's repeat that again together: God's grace is kindness and favor that you and I don't deserve. Our first song is a Bible memory verse. So we are going to memorize a Bible verse by singing it. Some of you may remember it. The "address" is Ephesians 2:8 and 9.
Let's say the verse together. Please repeat after me:
For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God not as a result of works that no one should boast Ephesians 2:8 and 9
This verse is saying that we can be saved from God's punishment by faith in Jesus. We cannot earn or work for God's forgiveness-- His forgiveness is a free gift to us when we trust in Him. And because it's a free gift-- we can't brag about it-- because we have done nothing to deserve it. Let's sing this verse together.
Let's pretend that you have been very mean to your brother. And your Daddy comes to you and says, "Because you have been mean to your brother, you have to sit in time-out. Plus, you can't go to a Birthday party that has cake and presents for everybody." You would feel sad, but you would deserve the punishment that your Dad has given you. Then, your brother, the one you were mean to, comes and says, "Daddy, I'll sit in time-out and I'll miss the birthday party so that he/she can go." Now, your brother doesn't deserve the punishment, but he is showing you GRACE. Grace is kindness and favor that you don't deserve.
This story is not true. But Jesus is true. How much more amazing is God's grace in Jesus! We have sinned against God and we deserve to be punished. Perfect Jesus who never did any thing wrong took our punishment for all of our sins when He died on the cross. That's amazing grace! Let's sing to God about His amazing grace!
Let's learn another new song about God's amazing grace, His undeserved kindness. This is a song called "You show me kindness."
3. "You Show Me Kindness," words and music by Peter Gagnon and Bob Kauflin ©2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From To Be Like Jesus.
Jesus is a mighty, mighty Savior! He can save us from the punishment of our sins. Let's sing to our mighty Savior!
4. "Mighty Mighty Savior," words and music by Mark Altrogge. © Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From Awesome God. We are going to pray. Fold your hands and be still and talk to God. Let's pray to God.
Jesus, your grace is amazing! You have not treated us as we deserve. You have not punished us like we should be punished. You took our consequences and punishment on the cross. Thank you! We want to believe in you and turn to you to forgive us for our sins. We want to love you more each day. Help us to forgive each other like you forgive us. Amen.