Listen. Listen to the pre-recorded Children’s Message together.
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What did Pastor Nate find amazing about trees?
[Activity: Go outside with the kids and see how many different kinds of trees you can find. Make a list of these trees. What are their leaves like? What is their bark like? How tall or they? What else do you notice about these trees? Make a leaf collection of all the different leaves you find. Perhaps you can press them in a book, or trace their outlines and color them in.]
God made trees for all sorts of reasons, but did you know that trees can help us learn how to talk with God?
Psalm 1:1-3 talks about someone who is blessed or happy. This is a blessed person who loves God and God loves them. Let’s see what a blessed person looks like. Read Psalm 1:1-3 together.
What does a blessed person look like?
Is this a healthy tree or a sick tree? How do you know?
Do trees move or stand still? Are they fast or are they slow?
God says that when we talk with him and when we know that he loves us we become like a tree. How can we act like a tree? [Hint to parents: being quiet, being patient, being slow, etc.]
Respond. Just as trees need to drink water through their roots, we need to put our roots down and talk with God. Talking with God is called prayer.
Have you ever tried to pray? Is this easy or hard? What can make prayer hard for us?
[Hint to parents: Sometimes our lives are too fast, busy and noisy to talk to God. We need to slow down and be quiet sometimes to listen to God.]
Psalm 1 shows us a way to get ready to talk to God. Let’s read Psalm 1:2-3 together.
In order to get ready to talk with God, we need to listen to him.
The law of the Lord is what God says to us.
Where can we go to hear God’s words to us?
How should we listen to God as a family?
[Hint to parents: there are two key words in Psalm 1:2 delight and meditate.
We should enjoy listening to God (delight). We should think about what God says to us carefully so that we will do what he tells us to do (meditate).]
Make a plan to enjoy God’s word together as a family and to think about what he says to us during the day. After you have listened to God, pray together as a family.
Share. What is one simple thing you learned this week that you can share with someone else? Who will you share it with? Make a plan to share what you learned this week with this person.