The Jesus Story Bible chapter 1- Story and the Song
We made a kazoo and used it to sing along to “Make a joyful noise to the Lord” by the Rizers (see below for link) and chatted about how Gods love for us can make us want to sing for joy.
Instructions for kazoo:
Put some greaseproof paper around the top of kichen roll holder and secure with an elastic band. Make a hole near the top of the kitchen roll. Decorate and hum or sing into it for a great noise.
2. Other instrument ideas are:
Guitar – Elastic bands around an old tissue box
Rice shaker – put rice inside a used kitchen roll. Cover both sides with greaseproof paper and secure with Sellotape and/or elastic bands. Decorate if you like.
As the story suggests I emphasised to the kids that the Bible is not a book of rules. We did however have a chat about how there are rules in the Bible and they help us to live the way God wants us to live and that He knows what’s best for us because He made us.
My sons love basketball and I took the opprtunity while they were playing one day to suggest that they play without rules for a while. Up until then there had been a few arguments about rules and cheating. They played for about 2 minutes without rules and then got fed up. We chatted afterwards about the need first and foremost to love and enjoy the game and that we need rules to make the most of the game. Similarly in life we need to love God first “with all our hearts, soul and mind” (Deuteronomy 6:5) and the rules set out in the Bible help us to live for Him rather than ourselves.
I lift my eyes up Brian Doerksen
Make a joyful noise
Song Tracks: http://www.worshiphousekids.com/31926/
One of my favourite psalms and worship song is “I lift my eyes up” (Psalm 121) by Brian Doerksen. In times of discouragement and difficulty I have found it helpful to look up at the beauty and magnificence of the sky, knowing that God, my God placed it there for His glory and that whatever is going on down here on earth He is in control. The first chapter of the Jesus story Bible starts with a paraphrase of Psalm 19 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”.
I recently read of a woman who survived Aushwitz. In her journal she had recorded that although her body was fevered and her surroundings atrocious she was able to catch a glimpse of the sky and found hope in knowing God was her strength despite her circumstances. I am reminded of one of John Pipers famous quotes “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”.
An image that springs to mind as I write this is of one of my friends at a toddler group who has a 2 month old baby. As she was talking to me earlier this week I couldn’t help but be distracted by her baby boy gazing up at her with the biggest smile, fixing his eyes on her with complete adoration, dependance and trust. This is how God wants us to be with Him. Hebrews 12:1,2 Paul tells us to;
“throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
The rest of chapter 1 emphasises that the Bible is not a book of rules or a book of heroes but a story of how God loves His children and comes to rescue them.