This liturgy is a lesson on biblical stewardship in light of Sojourn's vision to see the gospel transform everything--ourselves as individuals, our church, our city, and our world. To learn more, visit http://vision.sojournchurch.com Leader 1:
(Opening call & response from the Catechism for Boys & Girls)
“Who made the world?’ That’s right, GOD made everything!
“Who made you?” (Pause) That’s right, God made you.
Who made me? (Pause) God made me!
“God made us for His own glory!”
“Why did God make everything?” For His own glory. “Why did God make you?” For His own glory.
We are here to sing to God, He made us for His own glory.... to show His beauty and His excellence.
“For His own Glory” means that God has made everything to show His fame, His beauty and His goodness.
Who are we going to sing to today? Are we here to sing to Mr.______? NO!!!! What about Ms.______? No!!!
We are here to sing to God!
“Everybody Stand up! (Wait)
When I make hand motions you follow me.
Let’s practice.... raise your hand up high.... now put your hands down low.... ok, you’re ready... here we go.....
Everyone sit down in your own spot. Who is the “Almighty Creator”? (Allow children to answer) That’s right, God is the Almighty Creator! He made everything we see. And He is still at work making everything new. What is he making new? He is making us new. What else? (Allow children to answer). He is making everything new—our mommies, our daddies, our friends, our schools, our church, and our neighborhoods!
There’s an example in the Bible in the book of Second Kings [chapters 11-13; 2 Chronicles 22-24] of a boy God used to make things new. His name was Joash. He became king when he was just seven years old! How many of you are seven? Now, the people of Israel had stopped worshiping the one true God who made them. They were serving pretend gods instead.
So, here is what Joash did. He reminded the people that God made them. “Who made you?” (Let the children answer) God. “Who made everything?” God. And, because God made everything, everything belongs to God! Everything we have belongs to God. So, Joash put a box with a hole in the top by the door of the temple. He told the people, “Everything belongs to God.” So, when the people came to the temple, they gave some of their money back to God by putting it in the box. Joash and the other leaders took that money—God’s money—and they used it to fix up God’s temple because it was old and broken. Joash was very young. He was only seven years old, but God used him to help make things new in Israel!
God wants you to help make things new just like Joash. We have a basket with a hole in the top that is like Joash’s box. When we gather together on Sundays, we can bring money—God’s money—to put in the box, and our church leaders will use that money to help make things new in our church, our city, and our world.
Thank you for listening so carefully. Let’s sing a song to God, who made us, and who is working to make everything new!
Verse 1: Male sings lead
Verse 2: Female sings lead and male sings harmony
Chorus in unison, female sings little echo tags..... sing chorus twice each time.
The story of Joash is really a sad story. When Joash grew up, he stopped worshiping the one true God, and he (like the people that came before him) started worshiping pretend gods instead. God doesn’t just want to use us to help make new things—like new buildings and furniture. He wants to make our hearts new by taking away our sins and giving us forgiveness. Who knows what God did to take away sins and bring forgiveness? (Allow kids to answer). He sent Jesus to die on the cross! Jesus’ death and resurrection is the perfect sacrifice to wash away our sins. When we trust Jesus, God makes US new! He makes us new so that we trust Him and obey Him. Thank God for our Savior Jesus!
Verse lead: male; Echo: female; Chorus: both; Hand motions by singer w/o guitar
Remember, just like God made everything we see, God makes things new and better. He changes people by taking away their sins, and by giving them His Spirit to change them and make them more like Him. There’s a Bible verse we’re going to learn that teaches us this truth. It is 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come!” This next song comes from that Bible verse. Repeat these words after me: “If anyone (if anyone) is in Christ (is in Christ), he is a new creation (he is a new creation). The old is gone (the old is gone), the new has come (the new has come). He is a new creation (he is a new creation)!”
Leader 2: Closing prayer:
We are going to pray. We’re going to fold our hands, be still, pay attention to God and talk to Him:
“Jesus, thank You for coming to earth and dying on the cross for our sins. You are a wonderful Savior. Thank You for what You’re doing to make things new our church and in our city. Help us to know and love You more. And please help other people around us to know and love You too. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.”
Let’s sing to God and thank Him for being so good to us!