When coming up with new liturgies for Kids' Worship, we try to keep the subject matter centered on the Christian calendar and relevant to the children's lives. Most of the time we can accomplish both goals by using major holidays as a launching point. Building liturgies around holidays also gives us the opportunity to correct skewed worldly perspectives on biblical themes that are so prevalent in our increasingly post-Christian culture. We can take concepts the kids are familiar with and explain the truth about them, exposing the thoughts of the mind fixed on the flesh and teaching the perspective of the mind fixed on the Spirit. With Valentine's Day being a prominent holiday in the culture around us and in elementary schools, the month of February provides a great opportunity to talk to children about love. In this month's liturgy we discuss God's love in a general sense, His revelation of His love in the Bible, the sacrificial love of Jesus' death for us, and our need for love toward God and other people. This month, really pour love on your kids as you help them understand just how big God's love is for them.
Here's February's liturgy:
What do we celebrate in February? (Allow children to answer.) That’s right, we celebrate Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day is a chance to make or send cards to tell others that you love and appreciate them. It's fun to get cards in the mail. Did you know that God has sent you a "love letter"? What is God's love letter to you? (Allow children to answer.) The Bible! What is the Bible? The Bible is God's written word.
Who wrote the Bible? (Teach the children this answer exactly. It is from their children's catechism. Have them repeat it after you.) “Holy men who were taught by the Holy Spirit.” You know we think about sending love letters and telling people we love them SOME times, but God thinks about you and loves you ALL the time. His love is the BIGGEST LOVE in the universe. Even while you were sleeping last night, God was loving you and thinking about you all night long. We are going to sing some songs this morning about God's HUGE love for us. Let's (STAND UP and) sing a love song to God!
Who loves you the most in the world? You might instantly think of your Mommy or Daddy, because they do love you so much. But God loves you even more than your parents. God made your parents, so their love is His gift to you too. Even though others let us down, God's love is completely pure and never fails. How has God shown us that He loves us? (Allow children to answer.) God has shown us that He loves us in JESUS. God has shown us his love in that while we were still sinners, He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. God loves us so much that He sent Jesus Christ to take the punishment for our sin. We are going to sing this truth as a Bible memory verse.
Jesus told stories to teach us something. One time Jesus told this story. There was a shepherd who had 100 sheep. That's a lot of sheep! He was counting them and realized one was missing. Does anybody know what the shepherd did? He left the 99 and went looking for the one missing sheep until he found it. What was Jesus teaching us? That we are like little sheep and God loves each and every one of us. You are like the missing 100th sheep. You are special to God and He wants you to come to Him and be close to Him. Let's come to God this morning and sing about His Love.
The Bible says in John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" (NIV). The greatest love is laying down your life for someone else. That means to die for someone. Jesus has the greatest love because He died for our sins. We do not naturally love Jesus. Jesus first loved us. We do not love others like Jesus. We need Jesus to change us to love Him and to love others. We are going to sing about loving Jesus in our next song.
4. “Because You First Loved Me,” words and music by Doug Plank, © 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAPI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From To Be Like Jesus. We are going to pray. Fold your hands and be still and talk to God. Let's pray. “Jesus, you are wonderful! You're love is amazing! We want to love you too. Help us to love each other like you love us. Thank you for coming to earth to save us from our sins! In Jesus name we pray. Amen.”