Scripture: Psalm 96
Key verses: (1-2)
1 O sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Reflection: This is the time of year our Weekday School children are preparing for their Chapel Sing program. All year in our weekly chapel service, they have heard the stories of God, and learned songs of faith. They are excited to share some of their favorite songs with their families. As we choose which songs to share we have to consider multiple factors: Which songs have their parents probably heard them singing at home over and over again? Which songs do they know well enough to sing in front of a large crowd? Which songs have motions that are safe enough to do on the stage risers?
We also consider this as we choose songs to sing all year long: Which songs teach them something about God that they need to know, deep down? Which songs help form a faith in them that they can draw upon for the rest of their lives? Just as scripture we memorize can help sustain faith in us in dark times, so too can songs of faith. That’s why we end up teaching and singing Jesus Loves Me, My God is So Great, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, and more.
We hope for a successful Chapel Sing program, where the singing is joyful and the love of God is evident, and the pictures come out great. More than that, though, we pray that the faith proclaimed in the songs may truly live and grow in the children their whole lives long.
Prayer: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Holy God, help me sing my praise to you. May the words of scripture, and of songs and hymns, live in me and in all your children. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].