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David - The Worshipper
MEETING AIM: To consider how young people view worship and to encourage them to step out of their comfort zones in their personal worship of God.
BACKGROUND PREPARATION: Paper and pens, pre-recorded hymns and worship songs, newspapers, magazines, big pieces of card, marker pens, scissors, glue and flip chart paper.
Name that hymn (10 mins)
Either pre-record or have someone prepared to play eight well-known hymns or worship songs on a keyboard. Split the group in 4 teams and give them a piece of paper and a pen.
Play a short introduction to each piece of music. The team must guess what the hymn or song is and write their answer down. Then go through each song playing an extended piece of the music. Give a suitable prize to the winning team.
Some examples of songs to use:
We love… (20 mins)
Ask the youth group to split into small groups of 3-4. Then give each of them a stack of magazines and newspapers, a large piece of card, marker pens, glue and scissors. In the middle of their piece of card ask them to write ‘WE LOVE…’
Get them to create a collage of things they love by cutting/ripping out pictures and words from the magazines and newspapers. You could show them an example by doing one for yourself before the meeting. Give them 10 minutes to do this exercise.
Once they have finished ask each group to present their collage to the rest of the group and have them explain why they chose certain pictures and words. [NOTE] Be sure to choose appropriate newspapers and magazines to use with young people!
Go on to explain that the things we love in life are often the things that we worship – football team, rock band, Hollywood celebrity etc. These can often stir up emotions in us. Ask the group if anyone has been to a football match or a pop concert. What was the atmosphere like? What did it personally feel like for them?
Ask the group where the desire to worship comes from and how we express it?
What is worship? (15mins)
In 2s and 3s ask the group to consider what comes into their mind when they think of Christian worship. Ask them to come up with as many things as possible. If it helps, give them a few examples – hymns, hands in the air, praising God, boring etc.
Once you’ve given them a few minutes, ask for some feedback. Maybe you could get someone to write all the words down on a whiteboard or flip chart paper.
From the results you get, choose a few interesting ones (positive and negative) or words that come up time and time again and develop some discussion. You can then go on to share what you think worship is.
Begin by asking one or two members of the group to read 2 Samuel 6.
Discuss the section of scripture where David dances with all his might and how Michal found this to be vulgar. Explain that for the King of Israel to dance as he did would have been seen as improper.
Imagine our own Queen or Prince Charles dancing around in a t-shirt and jeans at a stately function! The media would have a field day with such an outburst. In small groups ask the following questions:
§ Have you ever responded or wanted to respond like David to God? What happened?
David was so full of praise for God that he couldn’t help himself but dance. He didn’t care what people thought or even how it made him feel. This infuriated Michal and she judged David in such a negative way that this displeased God. But her reaction only inspired David to be even more undignified in how he expressed his love for God.
KEY POINT: Read out 1 Samuel 16:7. It’s important that the young people understand that God is more interested in the state of our hearts. It’s not about putting on a superficial show during worship. It’s about being so in love with God that you don’t care what others around you think.
Quotable Quotes (5-10 mins)
Read out some quotes and scripture on what worship is all about. You could print these on paper and stick them around the room; use PowerPoint or handouts.
You’ll find loads on quotes websites e.g. (www.thinkexist.com, www.quotationspage.com). Here are some to get you started:
§ Jerry Kerns – ‘The whole person, with all his senses, with both mind and body, needs to be involved in genuine worship.’
§ Lamar Boschman – ‘When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart.’
§ Romans 12:1
§ Psalm 100:1-2
Choose some suitable music and give some space for your young people to read and reflect.
Challenge to Worship (5-10 mins)
Finish the meeting by asking the young people what undignified worship could mean for them. Are they prepared to worship God in every aspect of their life?
Explain that it’s more than just singing songs. it’s something that should impact their whole life. Maybe it’s about reading their bible in public places, not doing all the things their classmates are doing, taking part in an outreach event or worshipping in their church service like they’ve never done before.
Take a moment for your young people to consider how they will take a step further in their worship for God.
KEY POINT: Remind your group that as they worship they may come across people who would want to belittle them just as Michal sought to belittle David as he danced before God – but what’s more important to worship God or worry about what others think?
Read out Psalm 27:1. Why not memorise them and the next time your worship seems undignified to those around you remember them, speak them out and hold them fast in your heart.
NOTES FOR ADAPTING:
For younger groups… When reading 2 Samuel 6 you could get a number of your young people to act the story out as its being read. As well as this potentially being quite fun, it will help in their learning of the scripture.
For older groups…Take a more in-depth look at 2 Samuel 6 and expand on the whole passage.
For un-churched young people…This whole meeting could be difficult for an un-churched group but you could spend an extended time discussing their understanding and observations of worship and help them to understand why Christians would want to worship God.
For churched young people…Encourage your young people to pray for each other at the end of the meeting and if there is time available have a time of praise & worship.
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