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Father's Day Music Liturgy

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Father's Day Sojourn Kids Music by Bill Bell Male singer and guitarist: "Hi, I'm Mr. (First name)"

Female singer: "I'm Ms. (First name)"

Guitarist/other instrumentalist: "I'm Mr. (First name)" Male Singer/Guitarist: Does anyone know what holiday we celebrate this month?  That’s right, Father’s Day.  Father's Day is a day that our whole country celebrates daddies.  Dads are the ones who protect their families and care for them in hard times.  When you fall and scrape your knee, it might be your daddy who picks you up and holds you while you cry.  Can you tell of other times where your daddy cared for you in hard or painful times? (take 2 or 3 stories)  Well, God the Father is like that, but even more so.  He cares for us perfectly and is always there when things are good or bad.  This song tells about this Father, who cares for all his children every moment of every day.

1. "Sovereign One" Words and Music by Zach Jones (c) 2004 Sovereign Grace Music

Female Singer: Do you all know the ultimate way that God showed his love for us?  By sending his Son to die for us.  “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were sinners Christ died for us.”  God the Father did something really loving when he sent his Son to die for sinners like you and me.  And by doing this, he invites sinners to call him Father for all of eternity—that’s a long time!  Let’s sing this song to help us remember: “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were sinners Christ died for us.”

2. “Romans 5:8 (NIV) Scripture Memory Song,” Music by Mark Altrogge, as Recored on “A Ransom For Many,” Hide The Word, Volume 2 © Forever Grateful Music Male Singer/Guitarist: Some of you may have daddies that you see every day.  Some of you don’t have a daddy who’s around very much.  Some of you may not have a daddy at all.  Whether your dad is around a lot or not, no dad is perfect because every dad is a sinner just like I am and just like you are.  Because we all sin, we fail not only to love each other perfectly, but also to love God perfectly.  When we or daddies or mommies or whoever should show love all the time, we fail and show anger or meanness or rudeness or disrespect.  But God the Father has a love that is unending.  For those that believe in him, he never turns his back, never fails, never leaves, never lets go.  His love lasts forever.

3. "Your Love" Words and music by Bob Kauflin (c) 2004 Sovereign Grace Praise

Guitarist or other instrumentalist: We are going to pray. . . fold your hands and be still and talk to God. Let's pray.

Thank you, God, for sending your Son to die on the cross so that all who believe in you can call you our heavenly Father.  And thank you for letting us see what your love and care is like through our daddies here on earth.  Help us to honor our fathers. Please show special grace to our dads as they love us.  Help them to trust in Jesus alone for salvation and hope. God, help our dads to teach us about you every day.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

4.  “God's Love Goes On Forever,” Words and Music by Chandi Plummer, © 2009 Chandi Plummer/Sojourn Music

New Kids' Song: God's Love Goes On Forever

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Listen to Kyle Noltemeyer and Chandi Plummer rock out to this new song!  We'll close out our Easter music liturgy with this one.  Here is the chord sheet as well.  Blessings!

VERSE 1: Love. God loves you. Love. God loves me. Love. God is love and God loves you and me.

CHORUS: God's love goes on forever (2x) God's love goes on for-ev-er-more!

VERSE 2: Love. Jesus came. Love. Jesus died Love. on the cross and He rose up from the dead.

REPEAT CHORUS.

VERSE 3: Love. Love Jesus. Love. Love Him first. Love. Love all people as you love yourself.

REPEAT CHORUS TWICE.

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Easter Music Liturgy

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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!"

1. “The Cross Is Not The End,” Words and Music by Bill & Courtney Bell.  © 2009 Bill & Courtney Bell/ Sojourn Music

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!

2. “Romans 5:8 (NIV) Scripture Memory Song,” Music by Mark Altrogge, As Recored on "A Ransom For Many," Hide The Word, Volume 2  © Forever Grateful Music

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.)

4.  “His Love Will Last Forever,” Words and Music by Chandi Plummer  © 2009 Chandi Plummer/Sojourn Music Rock it out!

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The Cross Was Not The End: An Easter Song

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Here is a new children's Easter song written for our Creative Worship Sundays project!  Thanks Bill and Courtney! "The Cross Was Not The End" (c) 2009 Bill & Courtney Bell

Audio (m4a format), Lead Sheet, Chord Sheet

Jesus came to the earth to fulfill God’s plan Knowing he would suffer and die. He brought truth to the crowds who rejected him As they mocked and yelled: “Crucify!”

But the cross was not the end: By his death he conquered sin. No grave could keep him in. There is power in Christ who rose again. There is power in Christ who rose again.

Jesus came in the flesh living without sin; Yet he took our sin and shame. He endured the wrath of God we deserved to bear So God’s love would be displayed.

For the cross was not the end: By his death he conquered sin. No grave could keep him in. There is grace in Christ who rose again. There is grace in Christ who rose again.

O Death, where is your sting? O Grave, where is your victory? (repeat)

For the cross is not the end. Through his death we’ve died to sin When by faith we cling to him. Knowing death is dead, we’ll live again. Knowing death is dead, we’ll live again.

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He Is Alive! An Easter Bible Lesson

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Easter Lesson “He is Alive!” John 11:35; 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22; 1 Timothy 3:16

Note:This is a re-post of the most viewed page on the SojournKids site in its history.  If you are planning to use our lesson plan at your church for Easter, then please let us know in the comments how it goes.  We'll definitely use your feedback to tweak what we do at Sojourn in the future.

Easter Sunday Resources to Accompany this Lesson

THE BIG IDEA: An Introduction for the Teacher and Liturgist:

He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit was seen by angels was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)

What makes Jesus different from every other religious leader in history?  What makes him different from every other human being in history?  He lived a sinless and righteous life.  So, death had no claim on him.  It could not hold him.  Jesus was, as the apostle tells us, “vindicated by the Spirit.”  Jesus Christ was raised from the dead.  He is alive!  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

This is the great truth that we celebrate during Easter.  Jesus was dead.  But now he is alive!  But this is not all!  Because Jesus’ resurrection is the central event in our own vindication and salvation, we can also have life:

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)

Today, we will introduce our kids to the one who is himself the Resurrection and the Life, and we will challenge them to trust him alone for life.   Here are our keys for this lesson.  When the lesson is through, each child will know…

  • Jesus was dead
  • But God raised him from the dead
  • Now we can have new life in him

GATHERED STORY (5-10 minutes): Don’t just read it.  Know it and bring it to life!

Good morning, boys and girls! (Good morning!).  Let me tell you a story.  This is a story about what happened after Jesus died on the cross.  Jesus died on a Friday.  It was a very sad day.  It was sad because Jesus’ friends didn’t know what was going to happen.  They didn’t understand why Jesus had to die.

Late on that Friday afternoon, Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross.  It was wrapped in long strips of cloth.  And it was buried in a rich man’s tomb.  A large stone was rolled over the entrance to the tomb, and soldiers were standing outside to make sure that nothing happened to Jesus’ body.  Jesus was dead.

The Bible tells us (hold up your Bible or open to John 20) that this is what happened next:

Early on Sunday morning when it was still dark, Jesus’ friend, Mary Magdalene, went to the tomb and saw that the large stone that was rolled over the mouth of the empty tomb was gone!  So, she ran away.

Why do you think Mary ran away?  (Let the children answer:  Was she afraid?  What could have happened?  Jesus’ body was not there.  The stone had been moved.)

Mary ran to two more of Jesus’ friends, Simon Peter and another friend that Jesus loved very much.  So, Peter and the other friend that Jesus loved ran very fast to the tomb. (Have the children stand and run in place.)

The second friend ran so fast that he beat Peter there. (Have the children stop and sit down)

Why do you think the friends ran (really animated)?   (Let the children answer:  Were they shocked?  Was it hard to believe what Mary had told them?)

The friend and Peter looked inside the tomb.  They saw the strips of cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ body.  They saw the cloth that had been put on Jesus face.   It was neatly folded in a corner of the room.  The second friend saw and he believed.  What did he believe? Jesus was dead, but God raised him to life.

Do you believe that Jesus is alive?  (Pause).

Mary didn’t believe.  She was sad.  She thought Jesus was missing.  The friends went back to their homes, but Mary stayed at the tomb, and she cried.  Why do you think that Mary cried?  (Let the children answer: She thought that Jesus was dead, and now his body was missing too!)

A man came to Mary.  He said, “Why are you crying?  Who are you looking for?”  Mary said, “If you took him away, please tell me where he is.  I’ll go and get him.”  He said her name, “Mary.”  It was Jesus!  He had been dead.  But now he was alive!  Now Mary believed!  She wanted to touch him and hug him!  Jesus said, “Not yet.  I’m going to the Father.  And he is your Father too!”  Then, Mary ran away.

Why do you think Mary ran this time?  Let the children answer.

Mary had good news!  She was going to tell her friends, “I have seen Jesus! He was dead!   But now He is alive!  He is risen!  And he is giving us life, so that we can live with the Father again!

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