We are in a series this Summer entitled, “Dive In”. We are diving into God’s Word and seeing how we can learn about life from Scripture. We are in week 3 of our focus on family – FAMILY MATTERS! Let’s DIVE IN!
This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……Evelyn Green!!! Congratulations Evelyn! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Olivia Vicente, Elijah Longchamps, Myles Green! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.
Our current theme is, “Family Matters.” This week we are going to talk about God’s desire for families to worship together!
HOW CAN A FAMILY WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER?
God wants families to worship together to help them grow stronger in their faith. Worship is essential to faith. From beginning to end, the Bible mentions worshiping God. Followers of God worshiped both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word WORSHIP is used 503 times in the Bible…it must be important! If God wants us to worship, and if those who lived before us showed lives that worshiped, then we should WANT to worship! And worshiping as a family is God’s desire…but what is worship? We cannot do something if we don’t know what it is – so what is worship? How would you describe it? Many people would say that worship is singing. That worship is music. That worship is what happens at the beginning of a church service.
If that is all worship is, then we simply need to come to church on time so we don’t miss the songs, and then during the week we should sit in a circle as a family and sing some songs. But…why would that be so important to God? Why does He care if we sing a song together as a family? What if my family does not have good signing voices? Does God still want us to worship together if we sound awful? And if worship is singing, then why wouldn’t God give EVERYONE a good singing voice? He WANTS us to worship, right? So why not make everyone good at singing? Or…does this mean worship is MORE than singing? Is worship more than just music being played at the beginning of a church service? Hmmmmm. Let’s take a look at what God says about true worship.
WHO or WHAT do you WORSHIP?
Every day we are “worshiping”. We will naturally worship what matters most to us. So the question is: who, or what, are you worshiping?
Idols are not just gold statues that people bow down to in the Bible – idols are anything that you focus on more than God. We all have idols! Family tends to know us best…what would your family members say is your “idol” – what is most important to you? Is it a toy? A device? A friend? What would YOU say is most important to you? Sometimes we don’t realize what is most important to us…we may SAY that God and our family are most important to us, but is that really the truth? Does our life show that to be true?
Here is a way to help you search your heart and figure out what is truly most important to you (do this with your family and be honest with your answers):
What do you spend most of your time on? Be honest. How much of your time is spent on that? When you spend time on that, does bring you closer to God and make you want to live for Him more? How much of your time is spent on growing closer to God?
When you’re really good at something it is fun to focus on it, practice it, and get better at it. What is something you are talented at that you like to do? Do you like to show this talent/skill to others? When you use your talent, does it make you think more about yourself, or does it make you think more about God? Do you honor God with your talents by bringing HIM glory, or do you just like the compliments and attention?
What do you like to talk about? What do you talk about the most? Is it something that shows love and respect for God? Is it something that relates to God and draws you closer to Him?
Talk with your family about these three areas. Ask them to answer these questions about you. Do you need to work on any of these areas? Do you have any idols in your life that cause you to worship something or someone instead of God? Your time, talent, and talk will help you answer that question. I don’t need to know your answers to these questions…although if you feel like you need help with getting better at any of these, I am always happy to talk with you 🙂 Trust me, I am not perfect at any of these either. I have to ask myself these questions every day too. But here is the deal…God already knows the honest answer to these questions…so not being truthful with yourself just continues to hurt yourself and your relationship with God. These questions are not to make you feel bad or feel guilty…these are simply for you and your family to search your heart and determine if you have been distracted from worshiping the Lord together. That is what matters most! Figure out what you need to work on, and then DO IT! God promises to forgive us…He doesn’t hold a grudge. So ask for forgiveness and work on it! Help each other worship God with your time, talent, and talk.
Have you seen people wearing masks? Do you wear a mask? Masks can remind us to worship the Lord…in EVERYTHING we do! Yes, even with our chores!
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”Romans 12:10 (August’s Memory Verse)
Memory Verse Challenge!
Romans 12:10 is our NEW theme verse for this unit. Once again, this month’s challenge is to create your own song or hand motions to help memorize the verse. You can use a song you know and just substitute the verse words in, you can create your own melody, or you can give the verse hand motions. Get creative! Once you have your idea…record yourself (or your family) doing the verse…and share it with Pastor Vicky! We would love to share the creative videos on the blog to help others memorize the verse as well! Most creative submission wins a Chick-Fil-A milkshake (or other treat of your choosing)!
LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes
Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.