After the children have gathered, ask them, “How do we praise God in worship?” (Listen to and acknowledge their answers.) “How do we praise God in our everyday lives, at home and at school? (Listen to and acknowledge their answers.)
Our Scripture this morning has all heaven and earth praising God – the sun and moon, the waters and mountains, the creeping things and flying animals and the cows all praise God.
Show the kids an insect and/or a worm and a bird’s nest OR photos of different animals. Give the children time to see your items and ask: How can bug or a worm praise God? How can a bird praise God?
They praise God by doing what God created them to do, by moving in the dirt or crawling on the rocks, by flying in the air, by building nests, singing, laying eggs. All of the animals praise God by doing what God created them to do. And when we do what God created us to do – that glorifies God. God created us to love and care for each other and the animals and their homes. When we do that – we are praising God.
God, we join with the sun and moon, the waters and mountains and all the animals that you created in praising you. Help us to do what you created us to do, to love and care for each other and for all the creatures of the earth so that our lives will glorify you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
~ written by Rev. Carol Devine, and posted on Creation Justice Ministries website. http://www.creationjustice.org/creatures.html