What's going on with Maynard's Groovy Bible Tunes, from day to day...
Facebook has just introduced its new "reactions" - instead of just "like", you can "wow", "sad" and so on.
Turns out that some of these go perfectly with explaining Good Friday... and singing my "It was a .... Friday" Good Friday Song.
Make some big reactions - you need Love, Wow, Sad, and Angry from the pictures above. I used backing paper on large cardboard squares (from packaging boxes), and then large coloured circles of paper, and more cutout paper for the details.
This is in note form, you need to elaborate and interact with the children and adults
Facebook: used to be able to "like" things - now you can chose different "reactions".
[Show big reaction pictures that you've made]
Good Friday was the day when Jesus was crucified, it was a day for reactions.
1st reaction: [Show the 'Angry' reaction] [Get them to identify it, tell them we're going to make it stand for 'bad', get them to shout "BAD" (after 3 perhaps - 1,2,3 "BAD!")]
It was a Bad day – people were horrible to Jesus: 23:35-39
2nd reaction: ['Wow' reaction, do the same...] Mad
Mad day – because it shouldn't have happened
23:40-41; yes, criminals deserved it (in some way), but Jesus was an innocent man.... Mad
['Sad' reaction] Sad
Sad day – Jesus was killed. 23:48-49
Great friends, helped many people – couldn't believe what had happened.
Bad, Mad, Sad
So how come: “Good” Friday?
['heart' reaction] Glad
Glad because Jesus' death happened s.t. We could be put right with God.
How can a thief be in paradise? Because he put his trust in Jesus, and Jesus death put him right with God.
Not just for thief: = for you and me.
Bible tells us, apostle Paul: “All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) - we know that, if we're honest with ourselves. On our own, we're not right with God.
We may not be a thief – but we're not right with God. Sometimes we're bad [show 'angry'/bad reaction], sometimes we're mad and we don't do what God wants [show 'wow'/mad reaction]
We need help. [perhaps show 'sad' reaction - how God feels] The thief shows us what to do: we need to trust in Jesus.
Romans 3:23-24 “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
In other words: we're declared right with God ("justified), as God's free gift (his "grace") – because of what Jesus did on the cross: [show 'love' reaction] he loved us so much that he redeemed us, he bought us back, by paying the price for our sins.
Death is what we deserve. Jesus died that death on the cross.
[Recap Good Friday events and show reactions, and get them to shout] Bad, Mad, Sad
But we can be Glad
because: Jesus death can put us right with God, if, like thief, we put trust in Jesus.
Want to do that? [explain your follow-up plan]
Because: today might be Bad / Mad / Sad,
but it's a day when we can be: GLAD!
Sing the song... "It was a Bad Friday..."
I'm working on a new song about forgiveness.
It started off based on Isaiah 1:18, but I just couldn't get the chorus to work - until I came up with the current chorus. But then Isaiah 1:18 had gone, and Acts 10:43 had got into my head. Not quite as poetic, but great stuff!
This vid is from a quick recording of me + guitar, and the final recording will be quite different - same tune and (almost all the) words (a couple have changed already as I've listened).
EDIT: it's now finished, here's the completed video instead:
OK, so some of you are really organised, and on Boxing Day, you're already looking for Easter Songs...
Here are some resources to help you along, click the links:
Here are some of the individual songs:
The moment Christmas has happened, people are on the look-out for Easter Songs!
The first Easter Song hit this year was on Boxing Day! But no problem - if you're the kind of person who likes to be well-prepared, then you've come to the right place: lots of great Easter songs are waiting for you on the "Jukebox..."
Here's a link: www.mgbt.co.uk/jukebox?key=easter - follow that, and you'll get a selection of Easter Children's Bible Songs to listen to. PDF sheet music is available for each one, and MP3 downloads in the store. Hope you enjoy them!