I’ve been looking out of my window again as I did just before Pram Praise in January.
The snow has all gone and I can see some of the plants appearing from the ground and getting bigger. I wonder what you might have seen growing in gardens, on a country walk or even in the church yard.
I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the snowdrops and there are so many of them. Here’s a song that goes to the tune of ten little Indians all about lots of flowers.
One little, two little, three little flowers, Four little, five little, six little flowers, Seven little, eight little, nine little flowers, Peeping through the ground.
Give them rain and lots of sunshine, Give them rain and lots of sunshine, Give them rain and lots of sunshine, So they’ll grow up tall.
As they grow, they’ll bud and bloom, As they grow, they’ll bud and bloom, As they grow, they’ll bud and bloom, In the lovely springtime.
And here’s another song about spring. It goes to the tune Frere Jacques And it reminds us of some of the things that God gives us; the wind to blow the clouds about and dry the washing, the rain that gives us the water we need and the beautiful flowers to enjoy looking at.
Spring is here, Spring is here. Feel the wind is blowing, feel the wind is blowing For all to feel, for all to feel.
Spring is here, Spring is here, See the soft rain falling, see the soft rain falling, Dripping on us all, dripping on us all.
Spring is here, Spring is here See the flowers growing, see the flowers growing, For all to see, for all to see.
My favourite flowers are daffodils. They are such a lovely colour and they remind me that I will soon see lots of other beautiful things growing.
Here’s a rhyme to join in with. You might be able to guess what some of the words will be.
One little daffodil had nothing much to do, Out popped another one, then there were two. Two little daffodils were smiling at a bee, Out popped another one, then there were three. Three little daffodils were growing by the door, Out popped another one, then there were four. Four little daffodils were glad to be alive, Out popped another one, then there were five. Five little daffodils were wearing golden crowns, They danced in the breeze in green satin gowns.
I wonder whose idea all these beautiful flowers and everything else in the world is? Christians believe that God started all these things and that he cares for the world and everyone in it. In the beginning there was no earth or sky or sea or animals. And then God spoke in the darkness: “Let there be light!” And right away there was light, scattering the darkness and showing the infinite space. “That’s good!” said God. “From now on, when it’s dark it will be ‘night” and when it’s light, it will be ‘day’.” Then God made the earth and over it he carefully hung a vast blue sky. He stood back and admired His creation. “That’s good too!” said God. God looked around and thought, “the earth needs to be a bit more organized.” So, He put all the water in one place and all the dry land in another. When he had finished that, God made plants to cover the land. Things like and daffodils appeared. All sorts of trees and grasses began to grow. “It’s looking great”, said God. God looked around and though, “the daylight still needs a bit more work and the night is just too dark.” So, he made the sun to light the sky during the day and the moon and stars to add a bit of sparkle to the night. He hung them in the sky and stepped back to look at his work. “This is coming along very well,” said God. Then God turned his attention to the water he had collected in the oceans. “I want these waters teeming with life!” there were millions of small fish darting through the shallow water and huge fish swimming in the ocean. God made birds, too. He sent them soaring through the air. “Ahh, that IS good! “said God. Next, God added creatures to the land. He made lions and tigers and bears. He made rabbits and sheep and cows. He added everything from ants to zebras to the land. But he still felt something was missing. So, God added humans to enjoy and take care of all that he had created. God looked around and was happy with all he had made.
Prayers (tune: one man went to mow) We can talk to God, talk to God together. Let’s all talk to God right now, talk to God together.
Please join in the words in bold type.
Our prayer today has a repeated line for you to join in with: Thank you Father God.
For the warm sun that wakes up the earth Thank you, Father God. For the snowdrops and the daffodils Thank you, Father God. For all the things that remind us that you made a beautiful world Thank you, Father God. Amen
Action Prayer (Please do the action indicated by the words in bold type)
When I touch my head, I think of you, Father God. When I put my hand over my heart, I say that I love you. When I touch my mouth, I ask you to give us the food we need. When I bow my head, I say sorry for the wrong things I’ve done. When I lift my head, I know you forgive me. When I open my arms, I ask you to help me be friends with everyone. Amen
Song (Tune: Happy Birthday) God be with us today, God be with us today, God be with you and me, And show us his way.
Today’s theme No one is too young (or too old) to develop their sense of wonder at world around us. Our story today is based on one of the creation accounts in the book of Genesis. Christians believe that God set the creation of the world into being and he allows us to continue his work in the bringing up of each new generation. We may not be able to create something from nothing as God can, but we can use words to praise all that is good in the things our children do and so encourage them to flourish. In our praise of his world and the beautiful things in it we honour God too.