This week, I’m leading music at Vacation Bible School. As I’m learning and teaching new songs, I’ve been thinking about songs of faith that are close to my heart and important to my faith. I remember singing in Sunday School and Bible School as a child. I remember my Grandmother singing to my sister and me. Your theological insights and understanding may have changed since you first sang these songs. I know mine has. Hearing these songs still makes me smile and give thanks for all the saints who sang with me when I was young.
Today’s litany would work well for VBS Sunday, Children’s Sabbath, Music Sunday, or any other time you want to celebrate the vital role music has in developing and strengthening our faith.
One-God gave us the gift of music. Some of us share our musical gifts by singing in the choir or praise band or by playing an instrument. Some of us may prefer listening to others share their musical gifts. This litany is an opportunity to thank God for the songs of faith we learned when we were young that still stay with us today. Let us join together in making a joyful noise to our God.
All-Jesus loves me! this I know, For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong; they are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.
Right Side-The B-I-B-L-E. Yes, that’s the book for me.
Left Side-God is so good. God is so good. God is so good. God’s so good to me.
All-So, rise and shine and give God the glory, glory. Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory.
Rise and shine and (clap) give God the glory, glory. Children of the Lord.
Right Side-Zaccheus was a wee, little man, And a wee, little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree, For the Lord he wanted to see.
And as the Savior came that way, He looked up in the tree.
Spoken: And he said,”Zaccheus, you come down!”
For I’m going to your house today. For I’m going to your house today.