Rejoice in the Lord Always
Bible: Philippians 4:4-7, Zephaniah 3:17
Lesson: Paul was in a stinky, icky jail. Not sure if the Romans were going to let him live or die. He had ouchies because he said Jesus is Lord of my life and the world.” Back then Caesar wanted to be Lord. Anyone who didn’t think he was Lord got ouchies and thrown in jail. With all of his ouchies Paul kept saying “Jesus is Lord,” not only that, but he was full of joy! The bible says “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.” To rejoice is to be very happy all over, deep inside –to be happy from your nose to your toes. And this is why your so happy…listen…because Jesus loves you, we call that joy. You are so happy because Jesus loves you. You are bubbling with joy and that is to rejoice. Do you hear “joy” in rejoice?
Can you think of some things that make you happy? -puppies, ice cream, rain drops on roses, presents with bow, snow flakes… (Let the children come up with some and write them down on the chalk board. Put a big smiley face beside each of them.)
Can you think of things that make you sad? -ouchies, broken toys, when you get in trouble, when someone you love is sick… Can you think of some things that make you sad? (As the children say them write them on the board with sad faces beside them) Do you want to be full of joy when these things happen? Jesus wants us to remember that when sad things happen, He still loves us! Even though we are sad that these things happened, we can still be full of joy if we remember that Jesus still loves us. We can rejoice even when sad things happen.
Jesus wants us to rejoice in the Lord when you are happy and rejoice in the Lord when you are sad. He wants us to be full of His joy all of the time. That doesn’t mean we can’t have tears when sad things happen, it means that inside our hearts we are still full of joy because Jesus loves us.
Important Point: Rejoice in the Lord when you are happy and rejoice in the Lord when you are sad.
Direction: Print out Rejoice in the Lord Always. The night before blend 1/4 head of red cabbage with 1 cup water in a food processor. Boil the water and the cabbage in the microwave (If you don’t have a microwave just use the stove top.) When it comes to a boil remove it from the heat and let it cool for ten minutes. Strain out the cabbage chunks through a coffee filter or small strainer. The liquid should be purple. If you don’t have red cabbage in your area the same chemical is in apple skins, plums, poppies, cornflowers, and grapes. Do the same thing with about 2 cups of one of these items. Add 2 tablespoon of Baking soda to one cup of red cabbage mix. Pour half a cup of white vinegar in a bowl. First have the children paint the dark sad caggage blue color on their page. Then with a bowl of vinegar, allow them to paint on top of the cabbage juice paint. See how the colors change from blue/green to red/pink. You can talk about the blue/green being sadness around Paul and the red/pink being joy. Paul is rejoicing in times of sadness and times of happiness. (It works both if the blue cabbage juice is wet or if it is dry.)
Materials: 1/4 head of Red cabbage, paint brushes, 2 Tbsp baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar
Rejoice in the Lord Always (Click to download pdf)
Cabbage Painting video
Mother’s Day Craft
Both of the crafts turned out great. I did learn that the cabbage paint works a little better when it’s dry, but it still works some wet. (So if you’re at home, wait till it is dry.)
The eggshell plant: If you are using a clump of little flowers, you may not need any extra dirt. Most of the eggshells didn’t need any extra dirt.