Saturday, August 04, 2007

Vacation Bible School

This week we had Vacation Bible School. I led the music and instead of using the songs sent out with the program, we taught the children hymns. Some of the hymns they learned were 'Christ Be My Leader,' 'Salvation Unto Us Has Come,' 'Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands,' and 'Come, O Almighty King.' Needless to say it took some work explaining what these hymns meant and explaining the language, but I think it was well worth it. Did they get it all? Probably not, but how many adults get it all. They were exposed to Gospel truth in those hymns, which is the rich heritage of Lutheran hymnody. Some had no idea at all how to even negotiate the hymnals. That was OK too. We turned the pages for them even if they couldn't read and they stared at the pages. Everyone learned something. The hymns were on their lips and in their ears, and that was a start.


Anonymous said...

Those kids may not realize what you've taught them now, but the words of those hymns will come back to them later and they will be greatful for them. I only wish more pastors would understand that we youth want substancial stuff, not meaninglessness.

-a lutheran youth

Anonymous said...

I think teaching the hymns is good and beneficial. I also think some fun stuff and less formal music can be very beneficial. I don't like loud and obnoxious, hard beats where dancing becomes necessary due to the rythym. But, there are many nice and fun songs that are appropriate. The "B-I-B-L-E" and other old favorites are good teaching songs too. "Jesus love me" is fundamental and so easy to learn.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I ended the above note too soon. What I meant was that I have seen you with the VBS kids and think you do a great job. When they come in for opening you play your guitar and do fun songs with them (Father Abraham,etc.) and get them woke up and excited. During music then, you taught them hymns and the meanings of those hymns, "making the most of every opportunity". Really, it is a very well thought out event.