Thank You for Choosing Me

Thank You for Choosing Me

This is a simple journaling worship element. The theme is how we are all chosen by God. I know that in my own life there have been many times where I haven’t felt chosen, so it is always amazing to think that the God of the universe chooses me. The text is included below or you can download the .pdf from the link.

How It Works:

Play some soft music and pass out the sheets and pens to the participants. Be sure to give them ample time to write.

Download .pdf

The Text:

For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

Colossians 1:16

You are a creation of God. The infinitely creative creator crafted you by His own hand. He created you for a purpose. The great God of the Universe knows your name and He has chosen you to follow Him. You were created by Him and for Him.

Right now we are going to spend some time expressing our thanks to God for choosing us. In this time be honest with God. If you don’t feel chosen tell Him that. Then ask Him to show you that you have been picked. If you have questions or doubts then write those here too.

Use the space on the back of this sheet to create a psalm of thanksgiving. Let your psalm be an honest picture of your thanks and your life at this moment. It can be something as simple as just a few words or as complicated as a poem. You can craft a paragraph or take time and draw your thanks. Simply use the space on the back to communicate with God.

God is Faithful

God is Faithful

These three “stations” can be used to add creative content to a worship gathering without being the whole focus. These stations explore the idea of the faithfulness of God and are designed to fit into a larger worship time. You can download the instruction sheets for each station by clicking the .pdf links at the bottom of this post.

Materials Needed:

  • Journal Sheets
  • Pens
  • Art supplies
  • Large roll of paper on wall (optional)
  • river rocks
  • Instruction sheets for the other stations

The Set Up:

Set up the drawing station by putting a large sheet of paper up on the wall with the instructions and art supplies where they can be easily accessed. In the “touch” station place the river rocks and instructions. Pass out the journal sheets to everyone in the group. Point out the other stations around the room for those who wish to use them.  You may want to let worshipers know that they don’t need to finish the journaling sheets if they want to get engage in the other stations. We took about 8 minutes between songs (with soft music playing) in our worship set for students to work through a couple of these ideas.

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Art:

Deuteronomy 32:4

God is faithful. We say that many times in churches, but what does it really mean? Use the material provided to draw your idea of God’s faithfulness. You can draw about a personal time when God came through for you, or you can draw something that represents God’s faithfulness to you.

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Journaling

John 21:25

If we are following God we will face many obstacles that are too big for us to overcome. In the wild there are many dangers that we simply cannot survive without God. But entering into such a dangerous life can be scary if we forget just how amazing God really is.

Use the space provided to come up with 30 words or phrases to describe God. You can use names of God, phrases you may know from the Bible, or anything that you feel describes God.

Once you get 30 look back at your list and think that everything that you wrote isn’t even a fraction of all that God really is. That is the God that is on our side.

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Touch:

Joshua 4:1-7

In the old testament God directed his people to build monuments as reminders of times when He was faithful. Are there any times in your life that God was real to you, or that God came through for you. Choose one of the stones from this pile (you can choose more if you have more than one event) and find a place to kneel and pray and thank God for his faithfulness. Be specific as your remember what God did and how he came through for you. Carry this stone with you as a reminder of God’s faithfulness.

Faithful Art .pdf

Faithful Journaling .pdf

Faithful Touch .pdf

Create Your Own Psalm

Create Your Own Psalm

This journaling worship activity encourages worshipers to come up with their own psalm of praise. Pass out the pdf you find below and play some soft music to cut down on distractions while they are working. Give worshipers a few minutes and then ask them to get into groups and share their psalm. Smaller groups can have people share one lone of their psalm out loud for the entire group.

Create Your Own Psalm (.pdf)

(here is the text of the .pdf)

Create Your Own Psalm

I will praise You, O God, for You are _______and __________ and _______________

___________ is the Lord and worthy of Praise!The Lord my God has ________________________________________

He has shown his love to me by ________________________________ and by____________________________________

His works declare that he is _______________I will praise the Lord because to me.

He is____________ and _________ and ________and __________ and ________ and _______!

HOW IT WENT

A simple report of when I used it at my church.

Yesterday morning I preached on Psalm 145 and talked about the glory and greatness of God. I was talking about how one of the ways that we can see the greatness of God is by looking at his works. He has worked in creation (I walked through pictures of some remarkable creature), but not only did he work through creation, but He also works in the lives of people, (I did a quick tour of a couple of God’s works in the Bible). Then I said that not only does God work in creation and in the lives of people in the Bible, but God works in our own lives as well.

Then I had them complete the “Create Your Own Psalm” sheet while our pianist played softly. After they had a moment to write I read Psalm 145:4 and said that we were going to take the advice of David and proclaim God’s word among the generations. I asked the church to get into groups of 3 or 4 (more people in a group takes more time so I wanted to keep the groups small). The only rule was that they had to have at least 3 different generations in their group. Once in their group they were to share the Psalm that they had written.

The whole process went over well. People didn’t take the whole “3 different generations” thing very seriously, but looking around the room there was a good blending of the generations. It was fun to see people who don’t normally interact sharing stories, laughter, and worship together. One guy in the early service even got up and walked out, I don’t know if that was because of what I was doing, but for some reason that made me smile too.

Actually, I know why that made me smile. You see there are some people who come to church and think that is all that they need to do. They simply need to come and sit and listen and leave. But I believe that church and worship should require something of you. You aren’t just a spectator you are a participant. We come together as a body to share our voices, our stories, or lives and that can’t be done passively. Coming to church should cost you something (and I’m not talking about the offering) it should make you uncomfortable sometimes and make you cry sometimes, and it should always make you see God and respond to him in a new way.

God is…God has done…God please do

God is…God has done…God please do

This is a worship progression we used one night when our band wasn’t able to lead us in worship. It would work well when your group has specific needs that they are praying for. It would work well before a planning meeting or retreat and simply change the prayer requests section to praying for your meeting. Actually the last section can be changed to cater to whatever special prayer needs would work best.

The Idea:

This worship time begins by praising God for who He is, then praising Him for what he Has done. It concludes with a time of supplication. When students see more of who God is and when they remember what He has done they will reawaken to the fact that their requests are being made to the God who can make a difference.

The Setup:

  • Before you begin copy enough of the journaling sheets for everyone in your group.
  • Set up large sheets of paper (large craft rolls work very well) in an accessible place in your room along with drawing materials. The paper will need to be big enough for everyone to find a space to draw on.
  • If necessary set up multiple sheets of paper.
  • If your group is large you may consider passing out paper and pencils.
  • If you are short on floor space then hang long sheets of paper along the walls.
  • As people enter hand them a balloon and a permanent marker.

The Worship Experience:

GOD IS…

  • Instruct everyone to blow up their balloons and tie them off.
  • (Tip: Make sure that everyone has their balloon tied before you start the actual worship process. This way you don’t have to listen to students making noises with the balloons.)
  • Instruct students to complete the sentence “God is…” with either a word or a phrase and write their answer on their balloon.
  • After a short time tell them to start hitting their balloons in the air
  • Play some sort of loud worship music while they are hitting the balloons
  • (Tip: Have adult volunteers make balloons as well. Some balloons may pop so having extras insures that everyone will get a balloon.)
  • After a moment have the music stop and everyone grab a balloon.
  • If students have their own balloon they should trade with a neighbor
  • Instruct students to read their balloons and then write their original answer on this balloon too.
  • Start the music up again and have them hit the balloons again.
  • Have them write on the balloons a third time and then throw them up in the air again.
  • When the music stops this time ask students to read the words or phrases on their balloons.
  • As a final act of praise have everyone pop their balloons at the same time.

GOD HAS DONE…

  • Have everyone pick up their balloon parts and throw them away as they move towards where you have set up the paper and drawing materials.
  • Instruct students to draw a picture of something that God has done–either for them personally or for all of us
  • Play some soft worship music while students are drawing.
  • Give students who like to draw plenty of time to worship (at least 7 minutes or so)
  • For students who finish earlier encourage them to draw something else or come up with a list of all of the things that God has done for them.
  • After a couple of worship songs, have students volunteer to share about their drawings.

GOD, PLEASE DO…

This is slightly different than many of the worship experiences that I do because it isn’t about worship as much as it is about prayer requests, but at its heart this experience is acknowledging that God alone has the answers.

  • Pass out the journaling sheets and pens as students head back to their seats.
  • (tip: if your group isn’t super large you could put the sheets and pens on their chairs while they are drawing)
  • Take a moment and debrief the experience so far. Point out that you have worshiped God for who He is and what He has done.
  • Say: Now we are going to open up our hearts to God and go to Him with our problems and our requests. One of the hardest things about prayer is that it admits that you aren’t in control, but that God ultimately is. God is all of these things that we have talked about and God has come through for us time and time again as we have drawn. Spend a few moments praying and asking God to help you with what you are struggling with right now. As you journal you can either write your prayer as a letter to God or simply make a list of your requests.
  • Play some more soft worship music and give students time to pray.
  • Close the experience in prayer thanking God for who He is, for what He has done, and for what He is going to do.

God Please Do .pdf