Becoming True Worshipers-Worshiping God because He is our Healer
…for I am the LORD, who heals you. Jehovah Rapha. Healing can be in an instant, or over a period of time. One thing we can be certain of is that God in His wisdom and mercy performs His healing to perfection. God also heals our troubles. He wants us to take our problems to him, whether they be financial, emotional, or our relationships. God also heals our souls. We are not just flesh. We are made up of three parts. We have a mind, a body and a soul. God wants us to be whole, complete and unless each part of our being is not aligned properly, we cannot function properly. God wants us to have health, joy and peace. http://jehovahroi.wordpress.com/2007/03/05/jehovah-rapha-the-lord-our-healer/
This theme of “Worshiping God” will be continued throughout 2014 as we teach our children to become worshipers in spirit and in truth.
Scripture: Luke 7:1-16, Matthew 8:5-13, Exodus 15:26
Memory verse for this rotation: Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
Memory verses :
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
1. Exodus 15:25-26 is in the Old Testament. It was written as a promise to the people of God. He is Jehovah Rapha- the Lord that heals us.
2. We praise God because He is our healer.
3. When we live a life of a true worshiper of God we must live a life of faith in the healing work that Jesus has already done.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
5. The story of the healing of the centurions’ servant is an example of loving according to God’s command to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
Background information Jehovah Rapha – The Lord that Healeth Thee
Storytime: preschool lesson Jesus heals the centurions’ servant Click here for lesson
Musical Parade :Give each child a musical instrument to use (tambourine, triangle, etc.) Teach them this song:
(To the tune of “Pop Goes the Weasel”)
Jesus born on Christmas day, Sing alleluia!
Jesus born on Christmas day, Shout alleluia!
Jesus healed the sick and ill, Sing alleluia!
Jesus healed the sick and ill, Shout alleluia!
Jesus taught us how to pray, Sing alleluia!
Jesus taught us how to pray, Shout alleluia!
Jesus died on top of a hill, Sing alleluia!
Jesus died on top of a hill, Shout alleluia!
Jesus Christ is risen today, Sing alleluia!
Jesus Christ is risen today, Shout alleluia!
Healing – the theme of healing can be expressed in this fun game that is very similar to Pin The Tale On The Donkey. You will need a large sheet of paper or poster board, and one Band Aid for each child. Draw a large circle on the piece of paper. Give the circle eyes, a nose, and a frown or sad expression. On the chin (the part of the circle beneath the mouth), use a red marker to draw a little line (this will be the cut, boo boo, owie, whatever you want to call it). Children take turns closing their eyes and trying to stick the Band Aid as close to the red line as possible. Helpful Hint: Take the Band Aids out of their wrappers ahead of time, most preschoolers can peel the little white tabs off themselves, but cannot open the wrappers. Talk about how Jesus heals.
Storyteller’s Tent/ Drama/Games
GAME: WHO IS THE REAL CENTURION?
Purpose: Children will take turns pretending to be centurions to introduce them to the story of Jesus
healing the centurion’s servant.
Supplies: One coin, three small balls or marbles
Can anyone tell me what a centurion’s job was in Bible times? (Children respond.) Centurions
were commanders in the Roman army. Each centurion was in charge of leading 100 soldiers.
Centurions gave the orders and their soldiers had to obey right away.
In our game, you must guess who is the “Real Centurion.” Be sure to only obey the Real
Centurion’s commands! After our game, we will discover why the Roman centurion asked
Jesus for help.
1. Display the four objects: One coin and three balls. Tell children that if they receive a coin, they
become the Real Centurion. If they receive a ball, they are regular soldiers and must try to get
the other children to think they are the Real Centurion.
2. Instruct all children to sit with their eyes closed and to hold out their hands.
3. Choose one child to be the Real Centurion and place the coin in that child’s hand. Choose three
other children to be the soldiers and place one ball in each of those children’s hands. All four
children should close their hands immediately to hide the objects.
4. Children open their eyes on your signal. The Real Centurion and the three soldiers stand up.
5. In random order, ask one of the four soldiers to state a command to the remaining children. (For
example: touch your toes, say your name, jump up and down, hop on one foot, spin in a circle,
stand on one foot, put your hand on your head, etc.)
6. Any children who think the order was spoken by the Real Centurion should obey the order.
7. Let each of the four children take a turn stating an order. The other children may each choose
only one child to obey as the Real Centurion.
8. Reveal the Real Centurion.
9. Collect the coin and balls and play again.
Lesson ideas :
Brainstorm ways that God can heal us in our minds, body and spirit. Give each child a sheet a paper and a pencil, and ask them to write down at least three ways that they would like God to heal them… from bad habits, physical illness, negative emotions such as anger, greed, etc. Ask students to describe ways that you can show faith in Jesus healing you the way that the centurion did. Look at Exodus 15:25-26 for help.
Each child will design a prayer quilting square to be put together as a quilt for Pastor Lane.
Movie: See Sister Deborah
5-12 year olds movie