Seeds: A Worship Outline for Back to School

Seeds: A Worship Outline for Back to School

I have just finished editing an old worship outline that I had on Nailscars.com called SEED Worship. All of the ideas have been up here before, but honestly once I looked at it the format was almost unusable. I think it is a little easier to figure out now.

I wanted to put a link to it because it is a New Year’s type worship outline that would work very well as a back to school event. If you use it for a back to school you may want to also check out the Back to School Prayer Stations too and see if you would rather use some of those instead. They are still in a rough form, but using the stuff from SEED you should be able to figure it out.

Christmas Worship Stations

I know this is probably too late to do you much good this year, but I only just finished them. We are finishing out a series this week and our overarching them is "Change Your World" that is why the stations have a definite missions slant. I have put the text of the stations sheets here, and I will work on getting the complete outline (including leader instructions) into the worship outline section.

 

World Prayer

Choose one of the missionary profiles from the table. Find a place where you can sit comfortably and read through the profile. Once you have read the information imagine yourself in the place of the missionaries.

What are some of the things you would be excited about?
What are some of the things you would be worried about?

Spend some time praying for these missionaries and all of those who are taking the love of Christ around the world. As you pray ask God where He is calling you to go and serve.

Once you have finished praying place the missionary profile back on the table.

 

Baby Clothes:

Sometimes at Christmas we think in abstract terms about Jesus and his death. We know that God became a baby, but somehow we forget that He was a baby just like any other. Spend a moment and examine the baby clothes on the table. Imagine the King of kings and Lord of lords wearing something this small. Smell the clothes and the soft baby smell that they hold and imagine Jesus the Savior of the World becoming, not a picture in a painting, not a ceramic figure in a nativity scene, but a real live baby.

Think about how humbling that must have been. Jesus was willing to give up all that being God is in order to come and share his love with us. Jesus was willing to lower himself so that we could know him. He was willing to become less so that we could become more.

Find a Bible and read Philippians 2:5-11.

Isn’t it amazing that God was wiling to become a man? Isn’t it amazing that Jesus came humbly as a servant?

So what about you? Are you willing to humble yourself so that the world can come to know the love of God? Are you willing to stop chasing after your own self-advancement so that your friends can find Jesus? Spend some time praying and asking God to show you the areas in your life where you need to humble yourself so that He can work through you and change the world.

 

Make an ornament:

God is calling us to change the world. The Christmas season is a reminder that God cares about all of us. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The coming of Jesus reminds us that God has a global mission that all peoples would know and worship Him.

Using the material provided make a Christmas ornament as a reminder of that global mission of Christmas. Jesus calls us the light of the world. On one of the lights write or draw what you think it means to the world that Jesus has come. Finish off your ornament with ribbon and place it somewhere that you can see to remind you that you are to be a light to the world this Christmas season.

 

Your Carol

Take a pen and paper from this table and find some space to be alone. Spend a moment and write your own poem about Christmas. If you want, use the tune of a existing carol or any popular song and place your poem to music. Once you have complete your poem tape it on the paper above with the others so that we all can share in your worship.

 

Praise the Incarnate Deity

For me the most amazing thing about Christmas is that God himself became a person. God incarnate walking around among us is almost too much to understand. On the wall draw what God becoming flesh means to you. You can draw a traditional scene or whatever image your worship leads you to create.

 

Christmas Thank You:

We often get so busy wanting at Christmas we often forget to stop and be thankful. Use the Christmas acrostic below and come up with words or sentences of things you are thankful for.

C

H

R

I

S

T

M

A

S

LOVE WORSHIP

Alright as always this is rough. I wish I had time to do a whole lot of format, but I just don’t, so you will have to take what you can get. This is our February Friday Night Connection. Students will be leading all of these parts and then we will have the station time afterwards. If you have any questions let me know.

LOVE:

Outline:

Video: What does love sound like (Visual Reality Video)

Songs (any songs you choose, but something about love would be cool)

God So Loved

Reading

Bible Truth

Songs

Lectio Divinia

Song (the Hymn O How He Loves You and Me would be cool here)

Friend of a Wounded Heart (See if you can figure out the pantomime/skit from what I have here. The old Wayne Watson song of the same name is too long for the drama time so have someone ready to fade it out at the end.

Song (close with a song, maybe a recap of one of the earlier ones)

ELEMENTS:

Bible Truth

God loved the world so much he was willing to go to any means necessary to make it right. Even though we had turned out back on him time and time again. Even though we constantly treat his love with disrespect he still comes after us, still pursues us with his love.

God gave us a picture of that love in the book of Hosea.

Hosea 1:2 says:

    When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord.”

God tells Hosea to marry an adulterous woman who we later learn is a prostitute. God told Hosea to do this as a picture of God’s love for us. By telling Hosea to marry this woman he was saying that even though she had chased after everything wrong and was what their culture considered the worst of sinners Hosea was to love her. That is a picture of how God loves us. God shows his love for us no matter what we have done or how many times we have turned away from Him.

That is pretty remarkable, but here is the part that always amazes me.

This woman who Hosea married left him and ran off to go back to being a prostitute. She didn’t stay with Hosea she ran off back into her old life of sin. Even after Hosea showed her how much he loved her she still ran away back to a life of sin. That isn’t the amazing part, I know that I am always chasing after sin more than I am chasing after God. I know that there are many times that I turn my back on God even after everything He has done for me.

Here is the amazing part God tells Hosea to go and get her back.

Hosea 3:1-3 says:

    The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

    [2] So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about [10 bushels] of barley. [3] Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will live with you.”

God tells Hosea to go and buy her back from the people that she willingly let herself be enslaved too. That is the love that God has for us. Even when we choose to run away from him, he still comes after us with his love, pursuing us and showing us how much he cares for us. And it is the blood of His son Jesus that is the payment to buy us back. 

That is God’s love. It isn’t dependent on our actions, it isn’t dependent on how good we are or how pretty we are or how funny we are. God’s love isn’t based on how many good deeds you have done or how popular you are. God chooses to love you and he hasn’t held anything back in his pursuit of you. He has pulled out all of the stops to show you how much he loves you.

He is pursuing you even now with his love. He gave his son to die for you to show you his love. Why don’t you stop running from him and turn and accept his gift of perfect love?

Lectio:

Take a moment and move to someplace where you are comfortable. You may want to stay right where you are, or you may want to move some place where you can be more alone. Find a place where you can relax.

Give them time to move

Tonight we are going to engage in a practice of the early church called “Sacred Reading.” I will read through a piece of text from the Bible several times stopping after each time to let you reflect on the words and their meaning for your life. As you listen to the words of God himself being read think of them as words that are being spoken directly from God to you. Open your mind up to the truth of these words and to the God who gave them to you.

Let’s begin by taking a few deep breaths. Breath in quietly through your nose and out again through your mouth. Pause and breathe a couple of times yourself.

Now as I begin to read the text this first time don’t worry too much about the meaning of the words. Let them come to you like art or a song. Search out phrases that speak to your heart and grab onto them and turn them over in your mind. Meditate on the poetry of God’s word to your heart.

Romans 5:6-8 (NIV) 

    You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. [7] Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. [8] But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:9-10 (NIV) 

    This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. [10] This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Alright there is a long pause here (I will have watch for you because it needs to be like 2 and a half minutes)

Now as I read the text again think about how you can apply these words to your life. Do these verses change the way you look at yourself—The way you look at a God? How do these verses make you feel on the inside? As you meditate pray and says thanks to God for His love. Explore your feelings about these verses with Him.

Romans 5:6-8 (NIV) 

    You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. [7] Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. [8] But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:9-10 (NIV) 

    This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. [10] This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Alright there is a long pause here (I will have watch for you because it needs to be like 2 and a half minutes)

As I read the verse for the final time think about what these verses mean to the people around you. Are there people that you know who need to hear this truth? Are there people you know whom you should be telling about God’s love? As you meditate on the words ask God to bring to your mind specific people and specific ways you can share these truths with them.

Read the verses again here

Alright there is a long pause here (I will have watch for you because it needs to be like 2 and a half minutes)

YOU NEED TO PRAY HERE! Let it be a prayer of your own.

For God So Loved

Reading

Alright I really like this reading. It would be better if memorized, but I know that is asking a whole lot of teenagers. It is done looking at the audience, but the two characters are obviously talking to each other too. The tone should be somewhat conversational. The multiple “wows” should be spoken as if you are amazed, almost in awe.

1. God loves

2. Fascinating isn’t it. That God
loves

1. this is the great ruler of the universe, the creator of all things, the king of kings and the lord of lord

2. and yet he loves me

1. (pause)  he loves me

2. but not only me God love everyone

1. For God so loved the world

2. The world? God loves the whole world?

1. For God so loved the world

2. Even the mean people God loves even the mean people

1. For God so loved the whole world

2. Wow!

1. (pause) but how do I know, how do I know that this God who throws his love around to everyone really knows me? How do I know that he loves me

2. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son

1. He did what?

2. He gave his one and only son

1. For me? He gave his only son for me?

2. God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son

1. Amazing! He gave his one and only son for me (pause) and for you.

2. But why?

1. What?

2. Why? Why would he do it?

1. So that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. Oh, you mean heaven

1. No, more than that—eternal life

2. (matter of factly) heaven

1. Now eternal life starting right now

2. Really?

1. He came so that we could have life and have it more abundantly—an abundant life now!

2. Abundant life? And eternal life?

1. Yep

2. Wow!

1. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

2. God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. (GW)

1. This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only son. (pause) And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. (THE MESSAGE)

2. For God so loves—you.

FRIEND OF A WOUNDED HEART

Characters: Girl, Jesus, Friend, Teacher, Boyfriend, Mother

Set-Up: Four Speaking parts in a semicircle around the girl. Jesus starts off stage. The girl has a heart with a little tear in it taped to her shirt. When Jesus comes up he has a complete heart. He will also need new hearts for all of the people who are on the stage (4 more)

The skit opens with Girl looking at the torn place in her heart and going to the Friend. She taps the friend on the shoulder and when the friend turns around she gestures toward her heart.

Friend: Oh it’s you. Let me guess you’ve got some sort of problem again. I know you have it rough, but I’ve got problems of my own. So listen, I don’t really know how to say this, but I think it would be best if we didn’t hang out together anymore. I know that sounds harsh, but you are really bringing me down and I’ve found some new friends now so why don’t you find some other whinny people to hang out with. Friend tears a piece of Girl’s heart, throws it on the floor and then turns back around.

Girl stands there looking hurt for a moment and then heads to Teacher taps him on the shoulder and motions to her heart.

Teacher: Listen, I’m sorry that you are having a tough time, but I don’t really know what I can do about it. There are 30 other people in my class that are seeming to be getting it, why should I give you special treatment? Frankly I don’t know if you are really cut out to handle a class like mine. You may need to reconsider what you have planned for your life, I’m not sure if you have what it takes to really make it. I don’t really know what you want me to do. You are failing my class and I can’t help you. Teacher tears a piece of Girl’s heart, throws it on the floor and then turns back around.

Girl stands there looking hurt for a moment and then heads to Boyfriend taps him on the shoulder and motions to her heart which is now looking pretty rough.

Boyfr
iend: Turns around excited until he sees who it is that has tapped his shoulder Oh it’s just you. Takes a deep breath I don’t want to be a jerk about this, but we really need to talk. You’ve just been bringing me down lately. There isn’t any of that excitement we used to have, and now that we found out that you’re not pregnant I just don’t see any reason to keep faking it. I know you say that you love me, but I am pretty sure that I don’t love you, and I don’t think I ever really did so lets just stop wasting our time. You and I we’re finished. Boyfriend tears a piece of Girls heart, throws it on the floor and turns around.

Girls is starting to look like she is about to cry. She stand for a moment contemplating the hurts of her heart and then goes to Mother.

Mother: Rolls her eyes when she sees Girl What do you want now? You are always in here with some sort of heartache or another some sort of trivial problem. Why don’t you go off and find some friends and quit whining to me. You think you’ve got problems? I’ve got real problems like having to put up with a whiny kid like you 24/7. You drive me crazy with all of your crying and complaining. You know sometimes I wish you were never even born. Mother then rips a large piece of Girl’s heart, throws it on the floor and turns around.

Girl is now thoroughly dejected. She stands there looking at her mom’s back for a moment then she slowly looks at each of the other people and finally collapses to her knees crying center stage.

Then the music starts

Jesus enters and approaches Girl. Girl looks up and is almost afraid to show him what is wrong, but she eventually shows him her ripped up heart. Jesus stands her up and gives her a big hug. Then he steps back and starts walking around picking up the pieces of her broken heart. He comes back to her and holds the out in one hand to her. She reaches for him, but he shakes his head and points to what is left of her heart. Girl is reluctant to part with what little bit of heart she has left, but she eventually agrees. Jesus then kneels down and begins to tape her heart back together.

Once the heart is taped back together he gives the heart back to her. She is excited, but she looks at the fact that it is just a taped up heart and it still doesn’t look all the way healed. When she looks back at Jesus, he holds his hands out for her heart. Again she is reluctant, but not as much as before. Jesus then takes his own complete heart off and gives it to her in exchange for her broken heart.

The two of them then turn to face the other people on stage. Jesus hands Girl a handful of hearts and she begins to pass them around to the other people. The Mom resists taking it, but eventually does.

Then Jesus goes and stands like he is on a cross and the girl kneels and places her heart at his feet all of the others do the same

The music fades out. 

STATION IDEAS:

I know I normally have more than this for stations, I just don’t have them written yet so you can check back next week and see if I put up the finished instructions.

Without using a heart as a symbol draw a picture of love.

Take a heart from the stack and think of the times when you have been hurt. What pains are you still holding onto and not letting go? For each of those hurts tear a piece of your heart. Now place those pieces in the box and get a new heart. That new heart is the heart that God wants to give you. Real life hurt can’t be healed in one night, but all healing comes from God. It is God’s love for you that restores you and creates in you a new heart.

It is the cross where God proved his love for us. Make a wooden cross covered with words like unlovable ugly, worthless, useless, outcast. Then have them place their hands on words that they feel are true about their lives. As they place their hands there on the cross remember what the cross says about your life. (then on the back of the cross have the things that you are now valued loved, etc.) and then move around to the other side of the cross and spend some time praying that God would show you the truth of who he is, that you are loved and he proved his love on the cross.

Love isn’t just a feeling it is action. Love is a verb. So I will have a list of love actions on their sheet. They will pray about that list and then take two cards and write what they are going to do on that card. One they will place on the board so that others can see and one they will take with them to remind them.

Create an original work of art that expresses your love to God. Remember that love is more than just a feeling it is actions too.

Seed Worship

 

I know the New Years holidays have passed, but we are planning our Friday Night worship this week and it has a new beginnings type of theme. I got to thinking that people might want to do that sort of lesson on Wednesday so I am going to post this in a rough form and maybe you can use some of it.

Seed Worship

  • Welcome
  • Song
  • Introduction of the Seed motif
  • Song   
  • Dramatic Reading (Ecclesiastes and also something about growth and environment)
  • Seed prayer thing (pass them out now)
  • Song
  • Seed Object Lesson
  • Opening of Stations
  • Prayer

 

 

Introduction to the Seed Motif:

We meet here tonight to look back at our lives and where God has brought us and to look ahead to what God can do through us over the course of this next year.

We are like seeds waiting to be planted. God has been working in our lives. This is evident in the fact that we are here. Just as a seed shows that there were parent plants your presence here shows that God has been at work in your life. The seed also shows amazing potential. Every oak tree grows from a single small acorn. And as we look at a seed we see the shadow of the plant that it will become.

God has invited us to be a part of his plan to change the world. He has called us to take part is sharing his love with those around us. He has great things ready for us this year and great plans to glorify his name through us as we learn and as we grow. Like the seed when we look close we can see the shadow of the person you will become.

 

But all of that potential will remain simply potential unless you make a choice to follow God. Following God’s path isn’t easy. Choosing God’s way isn’t choosing the simple way.

Jesus says in John 12

    I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. [25] The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. [26] Whoever serves me must follow me

Choosing God’s way requires turning away from some of our own desires and some of the things that we have been chasing after. It means dying to self and choosing God as your Lord. It isn’t an easy path, but it is a necessary one. Only when you choose God’s path can you grow to be who God has planned for you to be.

Guided Prayer

Hold this seed in your hand. Think about the plant that it came from. Imagine the plant that it will become…Now Think about this past year of your life. Spend some time on the good and the bad things. Are you different now than you were at this time last year? Did you fulfill all that God had planned for you…Look at your seed. Think about its potential. Think about what it can become…Imagine there are glowing words written from the inside that you can read…These words are the plans God has for you this year. Do you see anything at all? What do the words say?

 

Take your time and listen for the words that God speaks to your heart. He has called you to change the world and he has a mission for you this year… Think about your potential think about what you can become with God.

 

Some of those plans of God may conflict with your own desires for you life…if so acknowledge those now, don’t try to hide them…which would you prefer? Life your way or God’s way?…be honest with how you feel…ask God to give you a heart for his way…hold out your hand and offer you seed to God…ask him to use you this year…ask him to fulfill his plan in your life…

 

Now close your hand and hold your seed close to you…say a short prayer of thanks to God for choosing you…thank him for inviting you to His grand adventure…

 

Father God, You have called us to a grand adventure, a holy quest. You have called us to be a part of your plan for changing the world. Help us each to let go of our lives and let you have control. Help us to seek out your path and follow your design on our lives. Let us grow this year as you work in our lives. Let all that we do be worship to you. Amen.

 

Dramatic Reading

1. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

2.  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

1.  a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

2.  a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

1.  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

2.  a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

1.  a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

2.  a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

1.  Over the past year we have experienced many things

2.  Our days have been full of triumphs and defeats laughter and heartache

1.  We have walked close to God in worship and have walked through long dry days searching for his face

1.  We have reached out to new people and taken the love of Christ to new places

and we have ignored hurting people around us and hoarded God’s love for ourselves.

2.  But no matter what we have done this year we are not the same people who sat here a year ago

1.  We have learned new truth and seen new revelations we have grown, we have changed,

2.  We have become

1.  But we aren’t at the end of our journey yet, in fact our quest is only just beginning

2.  God is calling us to join him on his quest to change the world. He is inviting us to jump into his life of adventure

1.  So we stand here at the start of another year

2.  With new decisions,

1.  New joys

2.  New pains

1.  New experiences

2.  New expectations

1.  New life stretching out before us

2.  We are filled with such potential

1.  Like a seed we may not seem like much now, but God has a plan for us to grow

2.  To become more than we have ever dreamed

1.  The question is will you choose God’s adventure

2.  Will you choose to follow the path that God has placed before you

1.  Will you choose to take up this quest to take God’s truth to the ends of the earth

2.  Will you choose to take up this quest to take God’s love to the people around you right here and now

1.  We are filled with such potential

2.  Will you remain a seed

1.  Or will you chose God?

 

 

Seed Object Lesson

Move the pot onto the table

 

If you were going to plant this seed in this pot you probably wouldn’t leave this thing like it is. You would take the time to remove the weeds and other things that might hinder the growth of your seek.

After you plant the seed you wouldn’t just leave it there or it would never grow. You would add water and sunlight to the pot so that your seed could grow into an adult plant.

 

For you to reach your potential this year you need to do some preparation of the environment as well. Some of you may need to weed your lives. Some of you have some relationships that aren’t God’s best for your lives. Some of you are making some choices about what you watch and listen to that you need to remove from your lives. Some of you need to remove the fear that you have of talking to people about God. Some of you need to remove that hidden sin that you have been holding on to for all of this time. Whatever it is make a commitment tonight to remove the weed from you life.

 

You also need to add s
ome things to your soil. You water your soil when you spend time with God. Spend time praying and reading your bible. Find ways to worship him privately and with other people. Get involved in the things that God cares about—helping others. Choose right now to spend more time with God this year

 

Finally understand that only God can make your life grow. You can do all of the right things, but if you try to do them without God you will never grow. God is the sunlight that you need. He is the life that you are desperate for. Never forget to turn daily towards him. Let this be a year that you grow to all that God has planned for you to be.

 

 

Introduction to the Stations:

As we close tonight you are invited to spend time here worshiping with God. Don’t feel like you need to always been involved in a station. Feel free to simply sit in silence at God’s feet. Remember that after you have participated in one of the stations you are free to head downstairs, but please do so quietly. Let’s pray and continue to worship together.

Stations:

 

Clean:

Take one of the dry erase boards from this table and a dry erase marker, find a Bible and a quiet place to be by yourself. If there aren’t any dry erase boards come back in a few moments.

 

As we look to move into this new year it is important to start with a clean slate. Read 1 John 1:9. Confession is really just our agreeing with God that we have messed up. Think back over the past year and search your heart for sins that you haven’t owned up to yet. Most of us try to justify the things that we do wrong in our lives. Don’t try to make excuses just stand tall before God and admit that you have messed up. Make a list of the things you have done wrong on your board.

 

Once your list is complete read 1 John 1:9 again. All of those sins that you have been holding on to God wants to forgive. Pray and ask God to forgive you of each specific sin wiping it off the board as you do.

 

Now look at the board that you are holding. It is a clean slate. That is the same as your life. The wonderful, scandalous thing about God’s grace is that he continually makes your heart fresh and new. Go into this year rejoicing that God has forgive you and given you a new clean life.

 

Once you are finished take the board and marker back to the table. Be sure to clip the rag back onto the board.

 

Thankful

Take this sheet, a pen, and a Bible and find a place to sit by yourself

Read Psalm 100

Around this time of the year it seems that everywhere you turn you see another list: top 10 videos of the year, top 15 reality show moments, etc. Use this time to make your own list about the past year. Using the back of this sheet, come up with 25 things that you can thank God for that happened this year. These things can be little or big don’t worry about trying to think of the perfect thing just let your gratitude flow from your heart.

 

Once you have finished attach your list to the wall with the others. You may want to spend some time reading what others are thankful for and add your gratitude to theirs.

 

New

 

Get a Bible and find a seat here at this table.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17

If you are in Christ you are a new creation. Too often we forget that we are to be something different, that we aren’t like everyone else, that we have been changed. At the start of this new year it is a good time for you to remember that you have been made new.

 

Take one of the butterfly outlines and cut it out. As you are cutting think about what new things God is calling you to this year. Are there some things that you need to remove from your life? Are there some actions that you need to start taking?

 

Once you have cut out the butterfly on the left wing write some of the things that you need to remove from your life. On the right wing write the things that you feel God telling you that you need to start doing. Don’t make decisions so outrageous that you can’t possibly live up to them. For instance God probably isn’t calling you to read your Bible for 5 hours a day, but he may be telling you to read a little every day.

 

Once you have created your resolutions list take your Butterfly home with you and put it somewhere that you can see it everyday to remind you of the fact that you are a new creation.

 

 

Rejoicing:

 

Take this sheet, the “My Own Psalm” sheet, a pen, and a Bible to a place where you can sit by yourself.

 
Too many times we come into worship and we simply recite the words of others. While it isn’t bad to use songs that others have written there is something special when you use words that come from your own heart.

 

As we look at this new year spend some time and compose your own new Psalm of praise to God. You can use the outline provided or you can come up with a totally new Psalm. Once you have finished take it home as a reminder to continual find new ways to praise God this year.