March 2016

God-Worshiping: Dialoguing With God

by Ron VandenBurg

In churches all over the world, we gather in worship to communicate with God together. We listen together to God’s words to us. We speak together our response to God. The amazing thing about this conversation is that it is not something we do by ourselves. It is something we do with other believers. We also worship with our children.

In churches and at home, together with our children, we sing, we pray, we praise, we confess, we cry out to God. But none of our actions would mean much if God did not act as well. We worship not a dumb idol but a living God. This God acts in the world – and in worship. God’s grace comes first; then we respond. Worship is a loving conversation between God and the people of God.

In worship, much of this exchange of actions happens through words. These words also must include our children. We praise and confess and cry out in words. God speaks to us in words too- primarily in the words of Scripture and in the words of sermon, but also in words of forgiveness, blessing, welcome, and healing. Where in your worship do your children have an opportunity to praise, to confess and to cry out? When do your children hear God speaking to them?

We also speak to each other, encouraging each other, confessing to each other, and sharing joys and burdens. In your church service, what activities include your child so that they can interact intergenerationally?


Together specifically choose a person in need or in service to pray for each day this month. Perhaps you can choose one person and send that person an encouraging card from your family.
Come before God with joyful songs. Find a special song for each week this month. At the supper table each day, sing the song-of-the-week.
From our Kids Corner site, download our Cut-Out Storytelling characters and scenes. Color each character and glue each on a Popsicle stick. Retell the Easter story for your family and celebrate Christ’s resurrection.
Maybe you'd like to start a family tradition of planting special flowers in your garden on Easter weekend. When they grow and bloom, you can remember that these flowers are Easter flowers.


Psalm 100:1-2."Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs."

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