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Lesson 2: Overview of Psalms

 LESSON OBJECTIVES

 Goals

         1.        To help students have in mind a basic structure of the Psalms

2.        To teach students that conversation with God can be a great aid to faith

3.        To expose students to the correlation between their present day music and the Pslams.

4.        To forge the bond between group members by sharing music and meaningful moments.

Topics

Celebration, Connection, Comfort, Emotions, Feelings, Praise


Week One

OPENING PRAYER : Larry Jamison


GROUP BUILDING : Larry Jamison

Big Question: What is it about music that is so powerful?  Why do you think almost everyone loves music?

Share Out

 *Student #1 will share their favorite song via playing the song or handout of lyrics.

*Group members will give input on their personal interpretation on the song.

*Student #1 will conclude with reasons why they selected this song as their favorite.

 
Psalms Introduction: 

Psalms means "Song".  Many were written by King David of Israel though not all and some were often accompanied by musicians.  

There are 150 different Psalms.  It is important to realize that the Psalms are more about man talking to God than God talking to man.  Some Psalms may appear to call on violence to enemies which can speak more to the author writing the Psalm than God.

There are two types of Psalms just like there are in music. Though they do breakdown further into additional subsets, for this overview we are focusing these 2 overarching categories.

1. Happy Psalms (consisting of hymns, thanksgiving, wisdom, faith)

2. Sad Psalms (individual and community laments) 

 

DIGGING IN: 

PSALM 1: SETH--STANDARD READING AND THE MESSAGE READING

QUESTIONS: LARRY JAMISON

  1. This is a happy Psalm. What did you think about the difference between these versions?
  2. Who is the Author talking to? (worshippers, readers)
  3. What is the basic message of the Psalm? (righteousness is better than evil)
  4. Why do you think this Psalm was placed first? (Allow for discussion)

PSALM 42: RYAN--STANDARD READING. larry jamison- KING JAMES VERSION

QUESTIONS: 

  1. What kind of Psalm is this? (sad..with some hope). 
  2. What feelings does this stir inside you? (allow for discussion)
  3. Can you identify with any of the feelings expressed here?
  4. How is this Psalm different than the first?

CLOSING PRAYER: Ryan

END GAME JANGA


Week 2

OPENING PRAYER : Larry Jamison


GROUP BUILDING : Larry jamison

Big Question: When you are down, what type of music do you listen to? How does it help you? 

Group Share

*STUDENT #2 WILL SHARE THEIR FAVORITE SONG VIA PLAYING THE SONG OR HANDOUT OF LYRICS.

*GROUP MEMBERS WILL GIVE INPUT ON THEIR PERSONAL INTERPRETATION ON THE SONG.

*STUDENT #2 WILL CONCLUDE WITH REASONS WHY THEY SELECTED THIS SONG AS THEIR FAVORITE.

Psalm Introduction Continued: Larry Jamison

*Rather than divided into chapters, Psalms are divided into books and there are 5.

*"Selah" is a common word you might see in a Psalm which is a musical notation meaning to pause or breath.

*Many of the Psalms have two subsets beyond happy and sad. These are nationalistic (remembering/glorifying their history) such as our songs today like "American the Beautiful" and "Born in the U.S.A.". A second is personal (joys, laments) such as our songs "Happy by Pharell" 

Psalm's and other Scriptures Reflected in Today's Music

Examination of lyrics:

Ain't No Mountain High Enough--Romans 8

One-by U2--one life, one blood, one people...carry each other (Eph 4, Gal 6, Ps. 5, ICor13)

Who Am I Living For?--Katey Perry

Amazing Grace--Psalm 40

How Great Thou Art--Psalm 104

Closing Prayer: Seth

End Game: Catch Phrase


Week 3

OPENING PRAYER : larry jamison

GROUP BUILDING : LARRY JAMISON

BIG QUESTION: HAS THERE EVER BEEN A SONG YOU HEARD ON THE RADIO THAT HAS GIVEN YOU THE SAME FEELING AS A SONG YOU WERE UPLIFTED BY IN CHURCH? 

*larry jamison WILL SHARE HIS FAVORITE SONG VIA PLAYING THE SONG OR HANDOUT OF LYRICS.

*GROUP MEMBERS WILL GIVE INPUT ON THEIR PERSONAL INTERPRETATION ON THE SONG.

*larry jamison WILL CONCLUDE WITH REASONS WHY HE SELECTED THIS SONG AS THEIR FAVORITE.

 

PSALM INTRODUCTION CONTINUED: 

 

Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm and longest Biblical-like chapter (though Psalms don't really have chapters). Each letter at the beginning of each section starts with a letter from the Hebrew Alphabet ending with the last letter of the Alphabet in the last section. 

 

DIGGING IN

PLAY THE SONG "BETTER IS ONE DAY" AND THEN READ PSALM 84: 

Discuss how the Psalm and the Song "Better is One Day" are similar.

  1. Do you feel the same way the Song and Psalm writer feel? Why or why not?

PLAY THE SONG "NOT TO US" AND THEN READ PSALM 115: 

  1. Discuss how the Psalm and the song "Not to Us" are similar.
  2. What does the word "glory" mean to you in relation to God.
    1. human "glory" definition
    2. God's "glory" definition

CLOSING PRAYER: LARRY JAMISON

GAME WILL BE "I LOVE A CHARADE" 


Week 4

 

OPENING PRAYER : larry jamison


GROUP BUILDING : larry jamison

 

BIG QUESTION: ARE YOU ALLOWED TO BE SAD OR DO PEOPLE TRY TO TALK YOU OUT OF IT? DO YOU THINK TRAGIC EVENTS IN ANY NATION'S HISTORY SHOULD BE FORGOTTEN. IS YOUR FAMILY HISTORY IMPORTANT TO YOU?

DIGGING IN

READ PSALM 137 AND LISTEN TO THIS PSALM SANG FROM THE PLAY "GODSPELL" 

DISCUSS:

  1. WHAT IS THE BASIC MESSAGE OF THE PSALM?

  2. VERSE 9 IS PRETTY GRUESOME? WHY DO YOU THINK THE AUTHOR USED THIS LANGUAGE?

  3. DO YOU FEEL YOU COMMUNICATE HONESTLY WITH GOD? WHY OR WHY NOT?

  4. WHO CAN YOU SHARE YOUR DEEPEST FEELINGS TO?

Psalm s.o.s: 

The Psalms can be helpful to us in our communication with God because they express a whole range of human emotion. Jesus himself is shown to have used portions of Psalms to express himself. 

Have group members select a emotion, need etc and a corresponding Psalm.  Give them the option to read it AND Share it with the group or keep to themselves.

Reason                    Psalm                                 

To find comfort......23

To feel closer to God.....103

To learn a new prayer...136

To learn a new song....92

To learn more about God....24

To understand yourself more clearly.....8

To know how to come to God each day.....5

To be forgiven......51

To feel worthwhile....139

To understand why you would benefit reading the Bible...119

To give God praise......145

To know God is in control......146

To get an attitude of gratitude....136

To please God......15

To know why it helps to worship God....104

Closing Prayer: seth

Game: How Do You Do?


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

FEB-MARCH 2016

(MOVIE AND DETROIT ZOO LIGHTS WERE DONE)

1. FEB 21ST, 2016--ZAPZONE (MINIGOLF, ARCADE, LAZER TAG)   We will head there right after service, skip fellowship hour...do not stop...do not pass go...right to Zapzone :-)

 

Location

43680 Van Dyke Avenue, Sterling Heights MI, 48314

Telephone

(586)323-0030

 

2. MARCH 12, 2016 (date subject to change if needed)--THE BROADWAY PLAY GODSPELL by the Troy Ridgewell Players  8pm.

This was the first play I ever saw that gave me a passion for theater and Jesus became more real to me and less out of reach.  It has humor, drama, music--good stuff.  I wanted the kids to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on the story of Joseph in the O.T. but it isn't available.  This is a great second option, maybe even better. 

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Originally conceived and directed by John-Michael Tebelak, “Godspell” is based on the book of Matthew. The show follows Christ and his disciples as they retell parables, with hit songs “Day by Day,” “All For the Best,” “Oh Bless The Lord,” and “We Beseech Thee.” Music and new lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz.

 

3. AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM W/LISA AS GUIDE--MARCH 5TH, 6TH WEEKEND OR SPRING BREAK

Welcome to the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience! The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture. An amazing adventure of history, art and achievement awaits you or your group at The Wright Museum®!